- Jan 21, 2023
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- Wilsey, KS
What’s funny is this truck is getting lots of work here fall of ‘23So I’ve decided to just make a thread for my truck, as it needs a lot of work. This won’t exactly be a build thread, more of a project thread because the truck is far from perfect and never will be cherry. The truck is “mint”, in the way quoted by Peg from the YouTube channel ZIPTIESNBIASPLIES.
I will start with the truck’s specs. These are factory specs, plus some subtle addons that, due to age of the addons, would have to have been ordered by the truck’s original owner. I am unsure of how many people have owned that truck. I think 4, including myself, but I have no way of knowing for certain.
1986 Ford F250, Extended Cab Long Bed
6.9L 420ci Indirect Injection Diesel V8 manufactured by International Harvester
Borg Warner T-19 4-speed manual transmission, synchronized in all forward gears, narrow ratio diesel version
Borg Warner 1345 dual range transfer case
Low range, 2.72:1
High range, 1:1
Dana 50 Twin Traction Beam 4WD front axle, 3.55:1 gearing
Sterling 10.25 Solid rear axle, 3.55:1 gearing
Now on to the fluff specs
Exterior color is Oxford White with blue pinstripes that run the length of the truck, and wrap around the windows
Heavy duty package, as far as I know this is just heavier leaf springs. It still rides real smooth though
Custom interior, but it’s nice…
Air conditioning, tested it the other day, it’s weak…
Factory tachometer, the way I understand it that was a very rare option. It does not always work… I believe it is a wiring issue.
Dont know which radio it would have had, but I think the Am/Fm. It currently has no radio
Interior color is blue. I haven’t seen that color in a Bullnose body style interior before…
Crank windows, which I like very much.
Has front seats from a mid-late 90’s Ford truck. They are nice, an improvement over what were in that truck from the factory.
Add-ons from days gone by
Kennedy slide out rear bumper, which puts the spare tire under the rear fuel tank. However, there is no spare, and the track that goes into the slide is missing, as is the spare tire. The system is real cool, and the bumper looks super sharp. It needs some work.
Very very chrome grille guard, had rubber strips on the uprights but they were falling off, so I removed them. It is very shiny in contrast to the faded and rusted white paint of the truck.
Antenna mounts on the roof and cables in the cab for CB radio. I have a CB radio that is similar in era to the truck, I’ll probably put that in someday.
Moving on to what all I’ve done to the truck…
Purchased it Jan 20th 2023, hauled it home the next day, as I hauled a truck for my buddy home first that he bought same place same day.
Put new injector lines on
The ground on the fuel shutoff solenoid was not functioning properly, cleaned up the connections and it now works fine
Ordered new mirrors for it, as the small swing-lock Western style mirrors are falling apart, and they are too small. I do not like them. So it will have junior west coast mirrors soon, 6” wide by 11” tall, and 5” small rounds.
Ordered a cab light kit for it, because if the mirrors look like they’re for a semi truck, you need cab clearance lamps
The water pump was shot, so I put a new one on. I think the fan clutch is bad, but the antifreeze is super filthy so I’m gonna flush it till it is clean and replace the thermostat. If it is still getting hot after that then I will replace the fan clutch.
Speedometer sensor gear is bad, I’m gonna get one next time I’m at AutoZone
Brake booster is bad I think, the brakes act like manual brakes. I have driven plenty of vehicles with manual brakes, so it is still safe for me to drive.
It has much rust, but I think with replacement body panels and a good paint job it will look real good. I don’t know if I would repaint it the same color as it is now or if I would paint it up like an International tractor of that era. Or maybe something different entirely…
I may at some point switch out the T-19 for a ZF5, even with the 3:55s at 65 mph the engine is at 2500 rpm… an overdrive would help quite a bit. The truck has a single mass flywheel, and a ZF5 would bolt up tk the engine and transfer case, and no driveline lengths would have to change. However, the guy who sold it to me put a clutch in two months before he sold it to me and then he hardly drove it after that. I’d like to get all the kinks worked out of the truck before I go changing stuff, so J probably won’t do this until at least fall of 2023.
I will use this thread for what I do to the truck.