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So I'm getting a FREE gas () 83 reg cab long bed 4x4. Haven't seen it but I know its in pretty good condition. We're going to drop a First Gen 12v into it and probably keep the 4 speed. I want to stop putting miles on my super duty and this thing will probably get decent fuel mileage. Since I live in CA, if I do a 12v I wont have to worry about smogging it and we have a couple of them laying around.

Is there anything I need to know just about the body and suspension? I know that its Twin I Beam . Any little upgrades that need to be done??

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-09-2009, 12:37 AM
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Check the rear end and make sure its a full floater, not the semi floater axle. Two, 4 gears are not going to make you happy with a diesel on the highway, you need od or top end will be somewhere around 60-70 flat out, and you will not get any mileage out of the truck. Post up some pics and good luck!

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I love these trucks, I restored an 86 F250 a while back, left the 300 6-cylinder in it, had plans for a 351w, but i ended up selling it, if i could do another, or get this truck back it would be getting a 7.3 PSD.
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Love that body style, and can't wait to get another one, one of these days.

If its a gas job F250 then probably just has the 8.8" rear end. Sterling 10.25 or Dana 60/70 rear shouldn't be too hard to find, but if its just driving around the 8.8 should last as long as your not really pouring on the power or towing too much. I am pretty sure that a D60 swap up front is pretty close to a bolt in installation as well, just need to add a track bar and such.


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Thanks guys! I'm pretty excited. Twin Turbo'd 12v OBS for a daily driver.

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I love that body style too, I have an 86 thats fully restored, got a 302 in it right now but I eventually want to swap in a 12v as well. Only thing I can think of is ditch the TTB as fast as possible


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Gotta love them ole' fords!

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I love that body style too, I have an 86 thats fully restored, got a 302 in it right now but I eventually want to swap in a 12v as well. Only thing I can think of is ditch the TTB as fast as possible

Thats clean! I want to do the two tone scheme just like my Super Duty. The Maroon would be the middle strip with the Silver being top and bottom w/ a maroon motor and tranny or I want to do Pearl white/silvery w/ a pink motor and tranny!

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Thats clean! I want to do the two tone scheme just like my Super Duty. The Maroon would be the middle strip with the Silver being top and bottom w/ a maroon motor and tranny or I want to do Pearl white/silvery w/ a pink motor and tranny!
Thanks! The paint has red metallic paint flakes in it so when the sun really hits it there is kind of a candy apple red shade, the pictures dont show it though.

The paint job you are wanting would definitley look good

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Thats clean! I want to do the two tone scheme just like my Super Duty. The Maroon would be the middle strip with the Silver being top and bottom w/ a maroon motor and tranny or I want to do Pearl white/silvery w/ a pink motor and tranny!
I think the maroon and silver would look pretty good. I might even have a picture of one with a similar paint scheme on the home computer. Not sure if I am feeling the white/pink though, but I think you would have a chance of pulling it off lol



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I love that body style too, I have an 86 thats fully restored, got a 302 in it right now but I eventually want to swap in a 12v as well. Only thing I can think of is ditch the TTB as fast as possible

dang thats two beautiful trucks ya own.

Your 86 has the wrong bed and tailgate on it though

So wanna sell it???

I want exactly that someday but with a built up 6.9L and a 5-speed

EDIT: Now I am even more confused. That truck has a solid axle and coil springs in the front? or is it just straight up F150 coil spring TTB front end? Doesn't take away from the sharp truck at all, just curious.

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