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Old 08-01-2020, 03:41 PM   #26
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All these posts and no pics!
In, out, under and around and we’ll all know what you’re working with.

And welcome from across the ditch!
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Old 08-01-2020, 05:00 PM   #27
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It's good that your daughter doesn't run the vehicles hard. MY mom was a real lead foot.
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Old 08-02-2020, 05:08 PM   #28
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This is good information for my son to read and absorb, it's what I been saying. He's also on this form, he has a 67 short V8 plane jane project truck that needs up dates, he wants it stock. Being sixteen for the last two months, he can't wait to drive, with this prisoner 19 going on, lol, which he calls it,,, hey he actually likes going to school (auto mechanics) doing swapmeets, truck, car shows and other things,
and all being canceled, I can relate, on top of that waiting and finally, hopefully, now scheduled for October to do his mandatory 6 hour driving course, with an instructor, using their car, yesss ��, for $325.00
Lucky for him, if it was me,,,
my parents, I'd still have no license, wife's line. O K, I'm rambling. Good topic, good people.
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Old 08-04-2020, 07:05 PM   #29
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All these posts and no pics!
In, out, under and around and we’ll all know what you’re working with.

And welcome from across the ditch!
It's at my BIL's house which is like 2 hrs from us. We need to get time to get over there and get photos of the truck. But once we do, I'll post them.
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Old 08-04-2020, 07:12 PM   #30
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It's good that your daughter doesn't run the vehicles hard. MY mom was a real lead foot.
Yeah, she's been behind the wheel of our 5.7L Hemi with the 392 rearend and my Chrysler 300 V6, both of which have more power than this old truck will have. The real kicker will be stopping fast and her following distance.

But I drive a Charger with the 392 (6.4L) engine and the Hellcat brake upgrade and still leave a lot of space to stop. I expect that she'll do the same and leave lots of room simply because she's not use to being right on the bumper of the vehicle in front of her.
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Old 08-10-2020, 11:55 AM   #31
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Finally got a photo from my BIL. My husband is going over there on Saturday to see the truck and start to take inventory of what all he knows it needs. Also found out that my BIL has been driving it once a week to keep it going and has been doing the basic maintenance on it, talk about a great guy.
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Old 08-10-2020, 01:24 PM   #32
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Very nice looking truck
5 bolt rear end i would say it already has front disc brakes as a guess
Lucky lady has a sweet looking truck for her first ride

I do not have my 1st truck i wrecked it but i do still have my second truck
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Old 08-11-2020, 04:18 PM   #33
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These old trucks are fun to drive and I enjoy driving mine but compared to a modern car with all the new safety features introduced in the last 50 years they are a death trap, especially on the highway running 75 and 80.
Also I personally don't consider an in the cab gas tank a problem but I really don't know if I would want my 16 year old daughter driving with the tank in the cab either.
If it was me I would probably let her drive something a little safer for a couple years while working on the truck.
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Old 08-11-2020, 04:39 PM   #34
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These old trucks are fun to drive and I enjoy driving mine but compared to a modern car with all the new safety features introduced in the last 50 years they are a death trap, especially on the highway running 75 and 80.
Also I personally don't consider an in the cab gas tank a problem but I really don't know if I would want my 16 year old daughter driving with the tank in the cab either.
If it was me I would probably let her drive something a little safer for a couple years while working on the truck.
Oh...I don't know if these trucks are a death trap. Not with a 3 point belt system installed that is...

With some power disc's up front and fresh stock suspension w/roll bars, these old trucks can handle pretty good too which allows a driver to avoid trouble!

Tank doen't need to be in the cab...agreed!


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Old 08-11-2020, 06:40 PM   #35
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She'll ask you very nicely, listen so precisely and go on and do exactly as she wants.
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Old 08-11-2020, 07:02 PM   #36
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I did find out that my BIL has been driving the truck once a week and maintaining the basic maintenance on the truck, so that's great news for the truck. The hubby and I talked about it last night and this is what's been done and our plans:

Engine: stock 350 4 bolt main engine, last rebuilt in 1988. We will be doing a lot of maintenance and replacing a lot on the engine, but hope to avoid having to have it bored out. We will be changing it from a carbed engine to fuel injection.

Transmission: turbo 350 3 speed, was rebuilt sometime in the 90s. Don't expect it to need to be rebuilt, but if it does we will take care of that too.

Rearend: rebuilt a few times, last time being in the 90s. I guess my FIL had some issues even after the last rebuild. So, we will probably have to address that. If it's the original housing I'd like to keep it and rebuild it yet again with Dana innards this time. If it's not numbers matching then we might look into a Ford rearend.

Brakes: front are already disk, not sure if they were factory or after market. But my husband wants to put in anti-lock brakes in it.

Seat: currently stock, but we want to pull them out and put in split bench or bucket seats with a center console.

Seatbelts: just lap only. Will either move to a 3 point seatbelt or a harness. Need to do more research on that before we decide.

Steering Wheel: might already be a collapsible one, if not, it will get one.

Gas tank: going to look into moving it, need to figure out how dangerous it really is if it stays where it's at.


After all that is addressed then we will look into other things that are less pressing for safety.
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Old 08-11-2020, 07:53 PM   #37
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Having the gas tank in the cab isn't dangerous, it's been there in probably a few million trucks, and how many have you heard of catching fire in a crash? The saddle tanks outside the frame rails (like I have on my truck) are a common source of fuel for a fire if something starts it. Since I mounted my spare tire inside the bed, I'm considering placing a tank back in that spot. I'm an old man and don't want to lay in the mud to get the spare tire out if I get a flat. If you want to put in EFI, then moving the tank makes sense, because you can get one to put in the spare tire volume that already had the electric fuel pump in it...if that is where you want to put it. I've seen where people get into trouble using the stock tank with an external electric pump.

The threaded holes for shoulder harnesses on your truck, if it only has lap belts, are in the "B" pillar behind the seat, and have plugs in them. Just pop the plugs and install the other point of the seat belt.

If you are considering anti-lock brakes, I recommend getting the diff out of a truck that has this already instead of rebuilding your old diff...again. If you don't have a Dana diff already, you can't retrofit other types of diff parts into it.
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