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  • 1973 F-250 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck Conversion -> Drag Truck Transformation -> Little Over $5k Now

    Take a trip in the way back machine with me to the year 1986. The epic year I finally got my driver's license. My dad bought this 1973 F-100 new and daily drove it for many years. I loved that truck and was beside myself with excitement that it was going to me mine. It was a dog. 2bbl 302/C4, PS and manual brakes. I drove it for a few years and decided it would be a good idea to get a Ranger to drive while in college. We sold it to my next door neighbor and he drove it for several years. He eventually sold it and the last time I saw it, it was in sad shape. Click image for larger version

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    At Amarillo Dragway - ran solid 19's. lol Click image for larger version

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    Fast forward to 2013!!

    I have been wanting a pickup ever since I traded the Mazdog (99 4x4 B4000) in on Julie's Mountaineer. I really wanted an older one that I could easily work on, so I decided I wanted an old Ford or a Dodge. I decided I really wanted a 3/4 ton truck with a decent sized engine and automatic trans so I could use it to pull my big trailer and Mustang. I have been watching Craigslist, etc for several years now just waiting for the right deal to come my way.

    Yesterday I ran across a 1973 2wd F-250 LWB. 460, C6 transmission and a Dana 60.... best part was the price.... $500. An added bonus is that it is at least partially the same color as my first truck. Man I would have loved to have had a 460 truck in high school!

    This truck was last registered in 1994 and has been parked in a barn ever since. Although the big mirrors and emblems are gone, it is a "Camper Special", which really does not mean a whole lot as far as running gear goes.

    Well it made it 7 miles to my house. It definitely needs work. Doors rattle, steering wheel is thrashed motor misses pretty bad, but does not smoke. There is a leak in the fuel lines (dual tanks) so we drove it using a 2 gallon gas can bungee'd to the inner fender. lol Motor ran cool in spite of stop and go traffic and the oil pressure looked great. Power steering works GREAT, brakes are awesome, trans shifts nice but the old bias ply tires are square as a rubik's cube. Interior is pretty dirty, speedo does not work, no keys (you start it with a screwdriver) but has a new battery.

    There is one rust hole in the passenger fender and the spot above the driver's rear fender is just barely starting to rust. It looks pretty clean underneath so far. It had a camper on it for years so I am hoping the bed is in decent shape. It came with 4 chrome wagon wheels and 2 white wagon wheels and a bed load of crap that was in the camper. I rubbed a spot on the yellow and it shined right up so maybe there is hope for the paint. Click image for larger version

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    The plan is to clean clean clean and get it running good and reliable. Then buff up the paint and replace some of the missing trim, etc. Then I can start diving into the engine for more power and efficiency (lol). If I spend anywhere near $5000 on this thing, I will probably have a heart attack. I am thinking the wagon wheels with some sort of A/T tire, buffed up paint, refurbished trim, aluminum diamond plate tool box and a decent hitch on the back.

    I can't wait to get started!
    Last edited by BBR; August 10th, 2017, 09:15 AM.
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    Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
    1983 Mustang GT 552/C6 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
    1973 F-250 460/E4OD http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion

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    Re: 1973 F-250 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck Conversion -> Drag Truck Transformation -> Little Over $5k Now

    cool truck, man

    My uncle (a dentist), used to buy a brand new Ford truck, pull the motor and replace the motor with a diesel. He did it twice and then drove the tires off hauling his horses around the nation... perhaps a cummins? (after all, I want to see you have a heart attack (j/k))

    what about a/c?
    Doing it all wrong since 1966

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    • #3

      Re: 1973 F-250 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck Conversion -> Drag Truck Transformation -> Little Over $5k Now

      It has all the a/c equipment, but it does not work. That will be one of the things I will look into after everything else is up and working properly.
      Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
      1983 Mustang GT 552/C6 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
      1973 F-250 460/E4OD http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion

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      • #4

        Re: 1973 F-250 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck Conversion -> Drag Truck Transformation -> Little Over $5k Now

        Awesome.

        We had a '77 Highboy with the Explorer trim package. The sound those doors make when closing is a mental marker of childhood.
        Of all the paths you take in life - make sure a few of them are dirt.

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        • #5

          Re: 1973 F-250 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck Conversion -> Drag Truck Transformation -> Little Over $5k Now

          the sound those doors make when closing is a mental marker of childhood.
          this!!!!!!!!!
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          Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
          1983 Mustang GT 552/C6 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
          1973 F-250 460/E4OD http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion

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          • #6

            Re: 1973 F-250 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck Conversion -> Drag Truck Transformation -> Little Over $5k Now

            It has all the a/c equipment, but it does not work. That will be one of the things I will look into after everything else is up and working properly.
            cool I need to replace the pump on mine (slow leak).... but I love having A/C on my old truck
            Doing it all wrong since 1966

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            • #7

              Re: 1973 F-250 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck Conversion -> Drag Truck Transformation -> Little Over $5k Now

              Dad had a 79 F250 great truck. Look foward to seeing what you do with it. I like you plan. You going to buy new or look for used tires?

              http://lubbock.craigslist.org/pts/4214048491.html
              http://lubbock.craigslist.org/pts/4170123927.html
              I think Dodge changed the back spacing at some point?

              http://amarillo.craigslist.org/pts/4161341125.html
              Not sure if this is 2wd or 4wd but for the person that does not like twin I's
              http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...-consolidation

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              • #8

                Re: 1973 F-250 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck Conversion -> Drag Truck Transformation -> Little Over $5k Now

                Probably new. My luck with used has been hit and miss.

                Just ordered door locks and ignition switch. $25.50 shipped.

                Grand total: $525.50
                Last edited by BBR; December 5th, 2013, 09:59 AM.
                Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
                1983 Mustang GT 552/C6 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
                1973 F-250 460/E4OD http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion

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                • #9

                  Re: 1973 F-250 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck Conversion -> Drag Truck Transformation -> Little Over $5k Now

                  oh yeah.

                  No argument here. Pulling bike trailer with kids in truck = new tires.

                  Safety item and budget doubler all in one.
                  Last edited by Beagle; December 5th, 2013, 10:08 AM.
                  Flying south, with a flock of bird dogs.

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                  • #10

                    Re: 1973 F-250 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck Conversion -> Drag Truck Transformation -> Little Over $5k Now

                    Sweet truck and PERFECT plan for it!! I'll be watching for clean up pics! I find it to be WAY rewarding to clean & polish neglected stuff. This being barn stored should look great with some work!

                    As far as the cost.....I did a project kind of similar for a friend and had to keep tabs on EVERY single penny...you may NOT want to do that... It got fairly pricey. Hopefully your truck doesn't need as much!
                    http://www.bangshift.com/forum/showt...highlight=farm

                    So much potential! You should have a good time bringing it back from the dead!

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                    • #11

                      Re: 1973 F-250 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck Conversion -> Drag Truck Transformation -> Little Over $5k Now

                      I woulda took the buffer and elbow greaser to that paint already...I brought home a ford wagon once that looked worse that this truck does and after a few hours (by hand) with some pre wax and carnuba it looked brand freaking new...I am stupid like that tho...

                      looking forward to seeing where this goes.
                      If you can leave two black stripes from the exit of one corner to the braking zone of the next, you have enough horsepower. - Mark Donohue

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                      • #12

                        Re: 1973 F-250 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck Conversion -> Drag Truck Transformation -> Little Over $5k Now

                        Probably new. My luck with used has been hit and miss.

                        Just ordered door locks and ignition switch. $25.50 shipped.

                        Grand total: $525.50
                        I have had pretty good luck with used tires. Over all I would say they have saved me money. I got lucky on the set of 300 mile take offs I put on the cummins. I have gotten 4 lug wheels with new tires b/c someone was upgrading to 5 lug. What about pretty wheels for your new tires? Bullet hole will make it look more like your old truck

                        http://amarillo.craigslist.org/pts/4223277323.html
                        http://amarillo.craigslist.org/pts/4178835060.html
                        http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...-consolidation

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                        • #13

                          Re: 1973 F-250 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck Conversion -> Drag Truck Transformation -> Little Over $5k Now

                          This truck is screaming for a set of polished slots!! But I doubt wheel maintenance is part of this program.
                          Cheap, simple & functional is how you stay under the 5K budget line drawn in the sand!

                          Oh, forgot to mention that my first car at 15yo was a 2wd '79 F100 with whipped 351/auto and dual glass packs turned out in front of the tires. TONS of great memories from that truck!!! Love these dentside trucks!

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                          • #14

                            Re: 1973 F-250 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck Conversion -> Drag Truck Transformation -> Little Over $5k Now

                            Most of the 8 lug slots you find are 16.5, tire selection is severely limited.
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                            "If it don't go, chrome it!" --Stroker McGurk

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                            • #15

                              Re: 1973 F-250 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck Conversion -> Drag Truck Transformation -> Little Over $5k Now

                              lol @ Russell - you are good at trying to spend my money.

                              The wheels on it are 16.5's. Phooey.

                              Froze my butt off taking some more pics. It's 16F out there right now. The junk in the bed is the remnants of a cab-over camper. It is still bolted to the bed floor.

                              Found some of the trim buried in the bed. Click image for larger version

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                              and some F-100 emblems, a replacement passenger mirror, the ashtray and a brand new distributor cap from who know's when. lol Click image for larger version

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                              Duraspark distributor....unexpected. Looks added on from the condition of the wiring. Duraspark box actually says "Made in USA" on it.

                              Motor Click image for larger version

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                              New master cylinder Click image for larger version

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                              Last edited by BBR; March 25th, 2016, 08:50 AM.
                              Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
                              1983 Mustang GT 552/C6 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
                              1973 F-250 460/E4OD http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion

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