The Ninth Generation Ford F Series Trucks

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by a1fa, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    sexy!
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  2. Hardware02

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    Touché. Typo...it's the 79 grille that I liked and I started seeing them on the road in the fall of '78 (I was 9).
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  3. nskitts

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    I remember seeing this truck in another post awhile back and I still think it's awesome!

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  4. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    White is my favourite colour on the ol' boxy trucks. If I can only find one locally that is in good shape, I would be golden. As I get older, and wiser with my money, I'm not going out there looking/travelling for deals -- the deals should come to me at my convenience. :D
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  5. pacman1

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  6. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    There is a white 96 Powerstroke 4x4 extended cab, 5 speed manual, white, immaculate for $5k locally.
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  7. FatChance

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    :nod

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  8. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    ...should've never sold the bronco! :cry
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  9. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    Must have been the steel wheel thread.

    I liked the before pics with the stock dog dish wheels.


    They are very common out here since they were used as fleet trucks for many companies.
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  10. azcycle

    azcycle Chihuahua Wrangler

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    Dad had a 78 F100 "Ranger" that was this obnoxious orange with red and beige stripes. I loved that truck growing up, and remember dad letting me drive it home at age 15.5 from the DMV when I got my learner's permit. Had the 302V8, automatic and I remember the transmission was constantly an issue. Had an awesome "carpet kit" in the bed that my sister sat in while we drove from AZ to upper CA every year. Previous owner's last name was Pig (poor guy) and he had "Miss Piggy" pinstriped on the doors just below the windows. So it was always Miss Piggy to us.

    Coming home from one of those 1200-mile trips, we were about two-miles from home when another late 70's Ford truck ran a stop sign. Dad barely saw it in time but we still t-boned it at the rear wheel doing about 35mph. I smacked my head into the sliding glass divider between the bed and the cab. The other truck spun a full 360 and stalled. The hood was pushed back into the driver's door so dad couldn't open it, and had to crawl over mom to get out. Funny memories: I'd never heard my dad curse before but the string of sailor's language that came out while he pounded the hood of Miss Piggy makes me smile to this day. I also remember the young Native American girl behind the wheel of the other truck trying to start it, but it wouldn't catch. Turns out she was only 14, no license (obviously) and no insurance.

    Got Miss Piggy fixed but the paint never matched after that, and eventually dad got sick of the transmission problems and sold it when I was about 16. Replaced it with a Ford Taurus. Too bad, I would have LOVED to still have that truck.

    Here is a bad photo of it in the background, winter in Flagstaff with my sister and I cross country skiing in our front yard:

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  11. rollinrob

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    I still have the steel wheels and hub caps but at 6 inches wide a 9.50 was all the width I could get. I had 33/9.5/15's on it and it is a odd ball size for sure. I think BFG is the only option
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  12. broncobowsher

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    You won't find a crew cab F150 of that vintage.
    What do you realy want out of the truck you are looking for?
    If you just need a cheap light duty truck with minimal towing needs, a butt hauler with a bed, F150 with the 300 will do. The 300 was an industrial engine, really hard to kill as long as it gets some maintance. even when complete shot they still typically run OK.
    The 302 V8 and 351 V8 were the other engines offered in the F150 of that date. The 351 gets a nod with a bit more torque.

    The F150 transmissions of that vintage will be the AOD, AODE/4R70W, E4OD, and maybe the C6.
    The AOD has the shift pattern PRN(OD)D1, least desirable transmission choice. 4-speed auto with a innovative locked torque convertor arrangment. It has a cable TV connection to control the shifts based off throttle position. Will be found on the early '90's with a 302. Not the greatest bit of engineering. Later they got computer controls with the AODE/4R70W which are both updated AODs with a ton of factory upgrades inside. Proper controled lock up torque convertor. The "W" is for wide ratio gear set, nice thing.

    The C6 is a 60's 3-speed automatic. Strong and tough, bit of a power hog. The E4OD is an upgrade from the C6 with wide ratio gearset, lock up convertor and computer controlled. There are a few E4OD equipped F150s.

    Now if you are looking for a crew cab and/towing then the F250 is a better choice. Really a completely different truck. Very limited use of the 302, some say never but I recall seeing one once and thinking it was swapped in. 351 is generally the base motor and will be on a crew cab. 460 gas is also available. 7.3 IDI (mechanical injected) diesel is OK, but very weak compared to modern diesels. Non turbo except for the very end. They have a cooling cavitation issue that will bore pin holes through the rear cylinder walls if the coolant isn't kept fresh. The real prize is the 7.3 powerstroke. Although not intercooled the computer controlled direct injected diesel is good for 200+ HP from the factory. 20+ MPG unladen is possible, better then any of the other choices. It is by far the most diserable engine choice. They will all be backed by the C6 or E4OD.

    Then there is the bastard F250, the F150 with a heavy set of springs on it. F150 and F250 light duty are 5-lug, real F250s are 8-lug.
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  13. FatChance

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    Should've never sold my Bronco :cry

    If I could find a well-priced, rust-free '78-79 Bronco with the XLT package and NP435 4 speed I'd buy it without hesitation. I see ones like that locally once in a while but they are never for sale...
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  14. a1fa

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    bronco, thats the info i was looking for. there is a F250 7.3 PS 4x4 extended cab in manual 5 speed, locally for $5k
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  15. tlm

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    I don't particularly care for 1990 and up Fords, but I sure love my '85. I special ordered this baby, $14,860 OTD, have a notebook record of every oil change, repair, ect. since day one. This is a recent pic.....and it's not for sale so don't ask!:)

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  16. NDEBT

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    That is a fine looking truck. What are those brackets for?
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  17. tlm

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    Those brackets are for anchoring down my 8 ft Lance cabover, as partially seen on the right.....thanks for the compliment!
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  18. NDEBT

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    That Lightning sticker on the side Ford discontinued about 6 years ago. I bought everyone they had and all that I could find. Sold them all still as far as I know you cannot find or have them made without spending a BUNCH. They as you know are holographic. I also bought all of the stock shocks for these trucks.
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  19. dave186

    dave186 Been here awhile

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    I know about the stickers. I had to have my tailgate replaced when I had mine. It was about 6 years ago I think, the body shop that did the work found one some how. I still have the stock shocks off mine, but they have 100k on them LOL. I had eibach drop coils and bilstein shocks. I still think that truck handled better than the newer lightnings. I even had a powerdyne supercharger ready to go on it when I sold it. I thought I needed a brand new mustang at the time so I had to let it go.
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  20. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    That looks showroom new. What motor?
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