My new truck with less than 1% plastic

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My new truck with less than 1% plastic

Post by splatterdog » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:28 am

Never thought I would own a another 70's Ford truck. Went big this time, 75 F600 with a dump box. Need a bunch of fill and there's a county gravel pit 5 miles away that's "cheap as dirt" if you can move it. Private pits and their dump trucks don't come cheap, so this rig should pay for itself. The price was decent too. $1600 and it was able to make a 2.5 hour drive home at a top speed of 50 mph. Brakes and rear tires are great. Everything works except for one tail light, even the Philco AM radio.. Cleanest cab of all five 70's trucks I've had too. Worst thing was the entire air distribution system from cowl to both floor vents and partially in to the heater box was packed with a 10 gallon wood shaving mouse nest. Ran at least a couple hundred gallons of water down both sides of the cowl, out the vents on to the floor, then out the door. Then final rinsed the whole interior! Now it just needs bombing with Odoban. This is actually the least broken vehicle I've bought in a long time. LOL
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Post by Petros » Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:09 pm

I bet it also gets an amazing 7 or 8 mpg too.

that kind of truck is always handy to have around when you need to move the big stuff. I can think of a need for one several times a year, for that however it is not worth owning. Even so, I wish I had a good friend nearby with a truck like that, just in case the need arises.
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Re: My new truck with less than 1% plastic

Post by splatterdog » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:25 pm

7 or 8 going downhill with the engine off! Maybe 5 so far, but the ignition was in real rough shape for the ride home. Bad points, old plugs, worn rotor wobbling on shaft, and distributor hold down bolt was loose. Not too bad considering. I was expecting as bad as 5 to begin with.

Even with the length, this truck has the least amount of wiring of any vehicle I've owned. The windshield squirters are 60's style with a plastic water bag reservoir and a step on squeeze bulb next to the dimmer switch to pump it! Pretty sure the only thing that changed on the big trucks over many years was the sheet metal. If it wasn't for the 75-79 cab, doors, and hood, I could easily mistake it for 60's vintage. The oil dipstick had a 64 part number..

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Re: My new truck with less than 1% plastic

Post by splatterdog » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:27 pm

Had a funny idea for getting back home after leaving this thing up north. Put a T4 in back!

But, just to be safe, I will have someone follow me..

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Post by Abra-Cadaver » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:37 pm

that is so sick

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Re: My new truck with less than 1% plastic

Post by splatterdog » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:31 am

Well I survived mounting 2 new front tires on widowmakers! First and hopefully last time I deal with split rims. 20 inch wheels with 40 inch tall tires(9.00-20)

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Post by ARCHINSTL » Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:07 pm

Ohh, but I have a couple of stories about split-rims!
I pumped gas at night and on Sundays of the early years ('70s) of the bike shop and each time a customer wanted split-rims mounted, being untrained, I refused - but said it was OK if they did it themselves. I also insisted they use the safety chains.
Twice customers objected, even though the station had the famous photo of the decapitated man (from the '30s?) mounted above the "turntable."
Each time, we heard a resounding CLANG as the "ring" popped off and was restrained by the chains.
Each time, the customer's face turned white and once - true! - one soiled himself!
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Re: My new truck with less than 1% plastic

Post by splatterdog » Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:46 pm

The tires were a stressful event, but without incident. Seating the beads was done with 4 chains around the tire and then engine hoisted in to an empty dumpster, then filled with a long clip on hose. 20lb incremental fills up to 100 psi with a complete deflate between every step. Then another 100 psi test on the truck.

Glad It's not rolling on 20 year old 20's anymore!

People worked on their own tires at the station? Sounds dangerous!

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Post by ARCHINSTL » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:31 pm

splatterdog wrote:
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:46 pm
People worked on their own tires at the station? Sounds dangerous!
Mike - Well, the backstory was that the station owner was a (then) b-i-l of mine, and also owner of the Mobil distributorship (still is).
Each time, the customer was a $valued$ commercial account of who had multiple trucks they gassed up as well as submitted for minor repairs,* and "the boss b-i-l" told me to let them do it (one was the owner and the other was an employee of the different owner).
* So, "I" was in the clear.
A conversation later with the b-i-l (to cover my tush) elicited nothing but guffaws from "the boss"
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Post by 8ton » Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:21 pm

That big ol' thing looks good! What engine is in it? I have a '72 f100 with the 360FE, Many of the f500+ had the HD version, the FT series, and a lot interchanges. If you want to compare Tune Up notes, let me know, I have worked mine up from 8 MPG to 13.3

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Post by splatterdog » Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:34 pm

Thanks 8ton! It still has the original 330. I did put new points in, but have ordered a Pertronix conversion this week. Used to just go to one of the many junkyards that are long gone and scrounge up a cheap Duraspark system, but those days are over. A lot got crushed during the scrap boom too. I still have a couple Durasparks somewhere but they are for 351m,429,460..

I see there's HEI conversion distributors also available, but the very low prices and some negative feedback scares me.

I would be happy with 8mpg! Rear axle ratios are 6.33/8.81, the lowest they used in this Eaton 15201 axle.

If you need manuals I found there's complete manual sets for individual years on CD rom for under $30. They contain all 5 phone book thick manuals and covers all trucks. It has already been invaluable even though this thing is rock simple. ID'ing the rear axle(out of 24 choices) was essential to finding a pinion seal. I did have to consult with a truck parts outfit that got me some numbers that had to be ordered. They still had paper catalogs! Oreilly's had both numbers in stock for under $10! Except for tires, all parts have been super cheap. https://www.amazon.com/1975-Ford-Truck- ... dpSrc=srch

I'm assuming any FE/FT will bolt right in? I've already figured out there are more than a couple exhaust manifold configurations. I remember most FE's having manifold leaks and this one was no exception. Battled a few in the 80's, and it sucked even at 10-15 years old. Amazingly I only had to heat half of the upper bolts on one side. All lower bolts were no prob and on the easy side they cracked loose and spun by finger. Now I can hear a slightly noisy lifter, but I still have 5w30 rinsing out the interior.

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