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1978 f250 4x4 rebuild #2782 11/30/2021 05:21 PM
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Finally got the frame pulled into the shop. New leaf springs and bushings. Bushings are polyurethane. Been waiting about 3 months of mondays for rear leaf bushings

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Re: 1978 f250 4x4 rebuild [Re: Nnaatz] #2783 11/30/2021 07:33 PM
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WOW!! you doing a "ground up" rebuild??? That will be nice when you get it done! ---Wish I could have done my old 73 F-250 hi-boy!


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Re: 1978 f250 4x4 rebuild [Re: Nnaatz] #2787 12/01/2021 08:42 PM
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wow talk about supply chain problems..3 months for bushings? but I love the way those frames look when in the shop being built...wish they STAYED looking like that!! nice work

Re: 1978 f250 4x4 rebuild [Re: Nnaatz] #2788 12/04/2021 06:09 PM
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I canceled the order...found some on the fleabays. Should be here Tuesday. Little progress has happened. Got the front u bolts torqued qt transmission crossmember in. Bought all new hardware for the suspension from mcmaster carr. Sorting through old original hardware trying to figure out how to restore that. Had found all new body mounts. Probably will order the trans an t case rebuilding kits next week. Hopefully in a week or two it will be a rolling chassis

Re: 1978 f250 4x4 rebuild [Re: Nnaatz] #2789 12/04/2021 06:12 PM
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Having a debate if I wanna use the original box or replace or mod a service body for. The box is fair needs some patching.

Re: 1978 f250 4x4 rebuild [Re: Nnaatz] #2790 12/04/2021 07:06 PM
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As it sits now

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Re: 1978 f250 4x4 rebuild [Re: Nnaatz] #2791 12/07/2021 09:00 AM
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Dana60 front axle truck? back in the day some of the 250s were '60 axle equipped..mighta been the snowplow package

Re: 1978 f250 4x4 rebuild [Re: Nnaatz] #2792 12/07/2021 03:55 PM
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Got bushings...rear end is secure....had to shorten the front bushing sleeves and eight inches. All new hardware

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Re: 1978 f250 4x4 rebuild [Re: Nnaatz] #2793 12/07/2021 03:57 PM
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Front axle came from snow fighter truck...originally it had a 44...I swap it out 20 some years ago. Kept busting front knuckles the 60 cured that

Re: 1978 f250 4x4 rebuild [Re: Nnaatz] #2794 12/07/2021 04:28 PM
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Problem found....I put the parking brake cables on the wrong sides...one long one short ... one reaches one wont....not a big deal just dont wanna mess up shiny aaxle bolts....gosh darn it all to heck...is what I didn't exactly say

Re: 1978 f250 4x4 rebuild [Re: Nnaatz] #2795 12/10/2021 08:04 PM
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Hang in there!! lol! Have done the same stunt myself!


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Re: 1978 f250 4x4 rebuild [Re: Nnaatz] #2796 12/12/2021 05:19 PM
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what powertrain is going in this truck? 460? Cummins 6BT?

Re: 1978 f250 4x4 rebuild [Re: Nnaatz] #2897 01/11/2022 10:16 PM
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A 460...I had debated long time for engine swap. Well when I was in high school...I wanted a 460 so that what it is...25 years later I'd be happy with a 300 cylinder. Buddy of mine bought some retired school buses that have 6bt in them I could trade or buy for very reasonable

Re: 1978 f250 4x4 rebuild [Re: Nnaatz] #2898 01/11/2022 10:21 PM
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It has a 4x4/rv cam in still very streetable but with a noticeable idle but will still pull good vacuum at idle. Stock pistons...dual plane aluminum intake...will need a 650 carb to operate properly

Re: 1978 f250 4x4 rebuild [Re: Nnaatz] #2899 01/12/2022 03:35 PM
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I need one of them Cummies put in my F-350 and junk this damn 7.3 thats been sittin dead for over a year cause no body around here will work on 7.3's! lol!
Somebody stuck a 460 in my 700 bucket truck and had the carb worked on and it still gets way too much gas. Will idle but you can tell its too rich, try to rev it up and it totally dies out. looking for a used carb for it too. cant run it like it is. Everything else seams o.k. on it, well cept the broken pinion shaft! lol!
Still cant beat them old 300's in my book! I had several of them over the years!


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Re: 1978 f250 4x4 rebuild [Re: Nnaatz] #2904 01/15/2022 07:48 AM
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those old straight 6's were pretty much bullet proof. I had a 67 Dodge dart with a 225 slant 6. Couldn't kill it. rest of the car was crap but that engine wouldn't quit. had a f150 with the 300 in it. same thing.. tranny was crap in that one. C4 tranny was a shit box.
Sonny, sounds like that carb needs to be re-jetted. Carter?????


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Re: 1978 f250 4x4 rebuild [Re: Nnaatz] #2931 01/20/2022 12:03 AM
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thank you American government for cheap surplus tires. 37 12.50 16.5 finally a rolling chassis

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Re: 1978 f250 4x4 rebuild [Re: Nnaatz] #2932 01/20/2022 12:05 AM
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These were pretty stiff...lots of air and a bead blaster


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