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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-26-2015, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
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1978 Ford F150

Well I finally did it. I purchased a late 70's Ford truck which has always been a dream of mine.

I bought this truck from a guy on a purchase/trade just over the line in West Virginia. It needed some work but I got it inspected and road worthy. New Universal joints, ball joints, front axel seals, front and rear brakes, E-brake assembly (did not have one), some exhaust welding, and some wiring.

I was very disappointed to discover what I thought was a gasket leak in the transmission, ended up being a crack in the cast iron case. Some JB weld has slowed the leak and bought me a couple months, but I'm in need of a new transmission if anyone knows of one laying around somewhere. It's a New Process 435 4 Speed. I also have a cracked leaf spring and need to get a new set. The truck has a 4 inch lift.

Anyway, here are some pics. The engine (302) is strong. 4x4 works great. Body is in good shape for the age. I love the truck!




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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-26-2015, 01:33 PM
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In my opinion the best body style for ford trucks great looking truck!

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Re: 1978 Ford F150

Nice truck. I had a silver 1979 back in my younger days. I always liked that body style as well.
Some real steel in the body's of the trucks back then, as opposed to the thin tin and plastic of todays trucks.

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You Ford guys are driving me crazy with these nice trucks! Great looking ride, take your time with the project and you'll have a truck that many will envy!

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In my opinion the best body style for ford trucks great looking truck!
I'll second that on the body style. Nice looking truck.
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very nice
I bought my dad a '79 Ford a few years back and it is finally almost done being fully restored/painted/repaired. They are sharp looking trucks, it was hard to hand him the keys

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Congrats on a very nice truck, had a 79 supercab but salt finally took it's toll on it. They are good trucks and easy/cheaper to work on.
Not sure on the transmission most junkyards around here hauled everything in when scrap prices were high, might be able to find a good welder and get it welded up.
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78 F150 was my first truck. Brand spankin new, 6cyl,3 speed on column. Cost $4900 new, no rear bumper or radio. Had to buy them from Pep Boys. Fiberglas cap from Bricks in Quakertown for $300
The good old days, oh yea, payments were $89 a month

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Re: 1978 Ford F150

if you have a 302, you can swap in a 5 speed overdrive pretty easy. swap it and the newer style transfer case, save some weight, up your gas milage.

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if you have a 302, you can swap in a 5 speed overdrive pretty easy. swap it and the newer style transfer case, save some weight, up your gas milage.
Thanks everyone.

Yea I thought about this, but then I would have to put a hydraulic clutch in and change some things, and it would end up costing me a good bit. Plus I like the idea of keeping it original with the 4 speed.

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