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Old 03-22-2004, 02:06 PM
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Actually not yet, just thought that would grab your attention, haha. I am getting one soon though and wanted some info if anyone has it...

Does anyone know what kinda mileage a 1978 f250 ranger with 351 4 speed 4x4, with a 8 foot bed should get? 200k miles, anddddd I think thats it. My dad says it gets surprisingly good mileage for its era and engine..

Also, how many more miles am I looking at here. We keep our stuff maintained very well, regular oil changes with the best stuff available(mobil). Also what kinda HP and torque numbers am I looking at. I dont know much about trucks or anything like that really, and was thinking around 200? Any good mods for it to get it realllly going and still keeping it reliable.

Now...This thing is pretty ugly. It runs like a champ, but needs body and interior work. Its an old ford, so of course its a little rusted in certain areas. To fix a rusted hole, would I just cut out the spot, weld in a plate, and fill it with bondo? If its a steel body, I was thinking about getting some of that "steelaloy" and filling it, and then patching it up more with some more bondo. For the frame, its not rusted through, really strong and solid actually,but paint is rusted/chipping off. Do I just grind it, and paint it with some rustoleum?

And last 2 questions for now. Anyone know where to get a lift for this thing, nothing to big but enough. Its got solid front and rear axle, so I was told it shouldnt be to hard to find a lift for it. Lassst question. I need some helping picking out a color scheme. I like black, but didnt know if that would go good with the lines of the truck, due to it being older. But I did see a f100 that was black with chrome trim, and thought it looked good. ANyone know a good color scheme?

I know its a lot to ask for, but hopefully someone can help me out.

Thanks,
Max.

EDIT. Ok one more question. What would make this job easier. Its a project truck, and is gunna be sweet. Any special tools to work on the body. I have a fluxcore welder, and a angle grinder with an assortment of disks. Also have a couple differant types of sanders. No oxy/acetylene torch though. SHould I be set? It sounds like a lot of work, but its $500 and I still have a year and a half before I drive...

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Old 03-22-2004, 02:12 PM
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Ther is no way around good milage with an old truck. I consider myself luck getting around 12MPG with my 71 GMC. 4 barrel carbs dont help much in the milage department

You cant go wrong with black. One of my Dads friends has a truck of that vintage and is black with polished aluminum wheels and I must say it looks nice for a ford.

When we painted my truck I got to go and pick out the color I wanted from all of my dads color catalogs. I went with a toyota blue that was out that year. If you click on my sig link for my XR400 there is one pic with both my bike and truck.
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Old 03-22-2004, 02:16 PM
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We need some pics...you know...the "before" ones.

Great price...hard to go wrong at that. And I agree with Thumper...can't go wrong with black.
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Old 03-22-2004, 02:18 PM
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I'd use Castrol GTX 20-50 in her and let her stay ugly. People will stay out of your way.

If you have holes in your floor board I'd weld a plate in. All other body work can be sanded and a little bondo. Sand it smooth and shes ready to paint.

For a lift you can look around for the best deals. Check the 4X4 shops on and offline. Also call around to the local auto shops. You should be able to find something in your budget.

You have everything you'll need for the body work. All that matters is that you make sure you're down to the metal for the bondo to set. After that I'd hand sand it nice and smooth.

Sounds like a nice little project you're getting.
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Old 03-22-2004, 02:21 PM
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The only mileage you are going to get is the miles you put on between every gas station. I had a 79' F-150 with a 351M and 4-speed. Lifted, dual exhaust, headers, the works. I got around 8 miles to gallon...everywhere! These trucks are not good for mileage so lose that idea. Not to discourage you but for the time involved and the money it will take, you could have a newer truck that would get better gas mileage. I sold the Ford and bought a 93' Toyota. Lots better.
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Old 03-22-2004, 02:27 PM
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Yea. I was thinking this would be for play and hauling, since its 500 and I am paying for it, my parents might get me like a little accord or something. I wouldnt rice it out, so dont worry, lol. The one spot is fairly bad, its tiny, but a hole. Theres no collision damage or anything, and if it did have a collision, I could only imagaine who the winner would be, haha. I have one month to save up and get it, thats what my friends step dad is offering me before he puts it on ebay. Thanks guys.
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Old 03-22-2004, 02:30 PM
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Just to throw a dollar figure out at you. My dad and I did a frame off restoration to my truck. Its only a 2 wheel drive, but this is just something for you to think about. With getting everything at cost and a free paint job I have close to $15,000 invested into my truck. It sure looks nice, but I could have had alot newer truck with alot less problems than I have encountered with mine. Just remember with the old trucks your going to keep running into problems, if its not one things its always something else.
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Old 03-22-2004, 02:43 PM
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Hell if the 351 Cleveland runs it's worth more than you're paying for it. I'd pull the engine, take body to the scrap yard, and sell the engine off for 1000-1500. Then go buy yourself a smaller longbed pickup with a V6.
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Old 03-22-2004, 03:19 PM
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But I wanna monster truckkkkk. I know itll cost money, but thats the price ya gotta pay(hehe...),lol. Anyways, first truck/car, and I wanna work on a truck and sorta restore it, but keeping it updated.
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Old 03-22-2004, 04:03 PM
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Yes, the easiest way to patch the body up is cut the rust out, weld a new piece of steel in, bondo it up and prime it. Mileage.. 10-12 at best I'd say, on stock tires. Maybe 14 on the highway. If you lift it, it's a whole different world. The engine has some life left (if it has been well maintained) but it very easily could go at any time. Les Schwab (EXPENSIVE!) can lift it for you, or you can check in JC Whitney
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Old 03-22-2004, 04:18 PM
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My dad did a frame up resteration on a 76 f150 w/ a 302. redid everything except transmision. Bored .40 over. He got a stakebody be for it that was just too wide 8 1/2 foot. He did everything for just under $6,500 but had to sell it because it was too wide for our roads around here. It got about 12 mpg.
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Old 03-22-2004, 11:21 PM
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Also ddfh, LMC Truck should have a catalog for that truck- lots of good stuff in there, including patch panels
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