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As some of you know I am in process of putting a psd in a 78 ford crewcab.

If you had your choice how would you go about it?

I am thinking superduty computer and guages an harness. I am going to retrofit the Superduty stuff into the old cluster.

Standalone tranny (prob Bauminator).....would you all go e4od? or 4r100?


And have not decided wich route to go with turbos. Either twins, or a good single.

I am going to use this truck to haul a camper and the toys......so it has to be streetable.....But really looking for all the power I can get as well.



Shoot me your thoughts?

It already has a D60 in the rear, I am thinking I am going to leave it and just get the 60 hung under the front as well... Air locker front and rear. Anyone have experience with these? going to hold up to the drag racing abuse?

Suspension will be a triangulated 4 link front and rear with air bags for the ride.

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i'd say definitely go with the 4R100, as for twins, i guess that just depends on what you have to eliminate under the hood to make it happen. if they fit, go twins...sounds cool, and stick with all the superduty electronics, if so you may not need standalone tranny management.
 

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I would use a pre - '02 harness/pcm. You won't need the trans controller, and use the latest 4r100 you can find, they are the strongest. Oh and stay away from that '01 4r100 mechanical diode trans, it is junk. '02 is way better. And maybe stick with a big single like the H2E. You will need to retrofit some kind of speed sensor to that d60.
 

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HMMM forgot about the speed sensor in the rearend......

I will take the easy way out there and put in a 10.5/10.25 then.....

This is all good info, stuff I have not even thought about.

I did not know about the 01 mechanical Diode Trans.....hmmm

as for the H2E It will be to small for my setup....

Prob going to run all the fixins in the motor, and a Termy(gee didnt see that one comin) and a set of BD's with either DDP nozzles, or a set of Industrials (local company)

So I am thinking more along the lines of a KASB, or something of that size.
 

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GT42?
 

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I think Mikey has lockers in his truck and spoke highly of them.
 

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Wacker why don't you try to build a aluminum dash panel and stick all auto meters in if you can, that would be cool
 

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I spoke to a guy up here in Idaho that just put a 1970 Ford body on 2003 Superduty Frame. Everything works as the original super duty did, it's just got the body panels of an old truck on it.

really clean set-up...
 

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I dont think you are going to like the ride with front air bags.
I would run either stock or coil overs.
The air bags in front are going to give you a horrible ride IMO.
You are either going to have a squishy or teeth jarring ride.
Now if you do a boosted launch you would **** if you saw what those airbags look like extending.Next time your along side a tractor trailer that has airbags on the rear,watch everytime he shifts
 

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Now if you do a boosted launch you would **** if you saw what those airbags look like extending.Next time your along side a tractor trailer that has airbags on the rear,watch everytime he shifts
Never thought about that maybe one day I will have someone filming my rear while doing a boosted launch:ford:

So coilovers have the softest ride I take it?

Wacker definitely do twins if the $$$ allows for it

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Never thought about that maybe one day I will have someone filming my rear while doing a boosted launch:ford:

So coilovers have the softest ride I take it?

Wacker definitely do twins if the $$$ allows for it

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Ahhh thats what limiting straps are for.... I am pretty sure withthe right setup bags are going to be my ticket...........But I am also thinking bout coilovers. It needs to ride nice...........and haul a camper...LOL As well as being a hell of a nice sleeper. It will be ALL 78 parts with the nex drivetrain.
 

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Wacker,2wd or 4x4?
Andrew,is your truck a air ride in back or just helpers.You would need a full air ride setup to see what im talking about.Like i said check out a tractor with air bags when its going thru the gears
 

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Wacker,2wd or 4x4?
Andrew,is your truck a air ride in back or just helpers.You would need a full air ride setup to see what im talking about.Like i said check out a tractor with air bags when its going thru the gears
It is going to be 4x4

I know what your talkin bout on bags... I painted Semis for 15 years...

BUT I believe that all the movement is caused because they don't have a good enough limiter for axle roll. They only care about having the axle set in one place......


I will be running a full triangulated setup front and rear. Just have not decided either coils or bags.

Do they have a coil that can handle the weight of a 1 tons payload?

Front is a non issue here I am more concerned about the rear.
 

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Ahhh,as long as you know what im talking about.I do think air bags will give you the nicest ride.I know when i was doing th 24" lifts many,many years ago we had one truck with air bags,rode nice but didnt care for the see-saw effect when you put the pedal down.That was long ago and technology has gotten better so you should be fine.

Im guessing you are going to be running a on-board compressor,are you going to have the self leveling vavles in there.

The front i would set the bags above the axle,for the rear i would set it up like a tractor with the bags behind the rear,it will help with some axle wrap and you would beable to run a bigger bag for more load control.
 

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HMMM I hear ya on the behind the axle idea....and I have not even thought about that.

ALOT of that front to back motion was from the times when you hooked up the valves with one to fill and one to dump. This would allow the air to flow from Bag to bag, causing a leaning.

BUT if you run 2 valves per bag you can get away with no lean, and better ride because each bag has a fill and a dump valve.

Yes on board compressors, and ride sensors. I will have an over ride as well...

I only like bags for the ride, not so much for the adjustability of it.......now my 68 that is a different story it has to be in the weeds, and be able to bring it up to drive it.
 

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I have the 78 crewcab, soon to be powerstroke equipped....

And a 68 shortbox regcab with a 429 police interceptor 2wd. Gonna be a show truck, Similar to this

 

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I'm putting a '72 Chevy pickup body on a 2000 F350 frame. This will be a work truck though, possibly tow a 5th wheel for my cab company. It will have all the goodies the F350 had-ABS, Cruise, and a Dana 60 upfront. Same exact engine mods as my truck.
 

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I saw a 78 Ford crew cab body set on a 02 7.3L Powerstroke frame. The dash & seats were from the 02. The only thing from the 78 were the body & the bed. Good looking truck, just wish he had kept the dash from the 78.
 
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