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The guy on the eastern shore finally got back to me on both rears. Only took him 6 months. I said I now only needed the front rear and 4 roller wheels. He started hem hawwing around again.
I found a rear on facebook not too far away with everything. Had 3.73 gears. As soon as I left the house it started raining. quit while we loaded it, and started again on the way home.
I learned from the trip to Tom's to take the toolbox out this time. riding down the interstate with the tailgate held shut with a ratchet strap wasn't one of the brightest things I've done in a while.
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putting it under the frame was a piece of cake
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Brackets off the 89 frame for shock mounts, loose ends being tied up
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It's about time you started working on this again!
 
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Truck is still in " mothballs". Weather here has been obnoxious Frame is tarped up
I plan on starting on it in the next few weeks. Figured I better catch up on the thread first

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I eventually intend to put a red head box in this truck like I did my Eddie Bauer truck, I'm pleased with that set up, but for now the stock box was replaced not too long before the truck was taken off the road, so it will be fine to build with. I used a rough country 4" drop pitman arm to tie the superduty steering links.
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next, I replaced the superduty hubs with warn hubs
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wiring harness and fuel system for the 89 truck is next. didn't really want to use the fdm for those years, and the 2 pump system, but that's the pcm I have so that's what went in. could be subject to change later
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Next was the sway bars. There are conversion setups for superduty to obs frame, but the 4 links and adapters cost more than I had in the rears, so I decided to build my own. 1st is a image of "theirs"
rest are mine I also used drilled and slotted rotors, and powder coated calipers.
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Gas tanks were next. I had just replaced the front tank and low pressure pump, so a good clean up and back it went.
The back tank had been replaced before, but was needed again, so I decided to go with a Bronco tank from the same era.
The f series tank was 19 gallon, Bronco 38 gallon, so not a bad choice for a road truck or one pulling a trailer.
I never realized the bronco frame was narrower, and the crossmembers were closer, so I had to make my own upper and lower straps. Tom said the ratchet strap was fine, but I thought a upgrade was necessary
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The blocks for the rear finally showed up, so I put them in. Much happier, not worried about them twisting out now. Like I stated before, these are for the F 450.

Next was to
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Next was to figure the brake lines. I had put stainless lines on the 89 a few years back, and they were still pristine, so I wanted to incorporate them
Down the frame was fine, but to the back rear had to change, accross the rear, and to the calipers. not to bad of a problem. front line was similar to the 89, but the way they hook to the master was different than the obs.
I decided to go with the obs set up, and had the lines made up
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Gear oil change and covers next
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Missed a step, I had to get some wheels and tires to make it a roller. Tom has a set, but a trip back to Jersey during the pandemic was out of the question. So I hit Facebook again and found a set of excursion wheels with half way decent tires.
They have the wrong off set, but do what I need for now
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rear brakes were an issue, as the backing plates had rusted, and the parking brake pads had seperated and spun under the back set.

Probably a good thing, as one seal was pushed in improperly by the previous owner, and it had crushed the wheel bearings.
Th parking brakes were not fun putting on with the hub off, I can't imagine how much fun it would be with it on......
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another shot of the sway bar link on the back axle
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So that is about where we stand for winter on the frame
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So the plan is to keep the 4.9 in the truck. I got 500,000 miles out of it with only very minor repairs over the years. I understand I have to upgrade and modernize some things, but that's not an issue. Most everything is still available over the counter for this motor, and there are still some companies doing aftermarket, although as time progress those have become fewer, being the last year for this motor was 96
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Rocker arms are 1.6 from a 85 5.0ho mustang motor. stock 4.9 in 89 were 1,5
Pushrods are chrome moly, and do not require guides



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The plenum, intake and exhaust are for a 96. That is the last year for the 4.9, but the best year for air flow.
This system would usually be a MAF system, but I will still be running it as a MAP system
 

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Hey, Charlie, is that parking brake on both sides, or just the left?
 

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well, he does lean very far to the left. she who must be obeyed is the one that leans to the right. :p
 
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Brake is both sides
That rear belonged to Tom. So the one on the left was plumb azz worn out.
Too dam much weight on the non driver behind the steering wheel side

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do you know how to tell the difference between a roller cam distributor gear and a stock cam gear? i have two distributors in the shop. one roller and one stock cam, but do not remember which one is which.
i would rather not find out the hard way and ruin a new cam and distributor gear.
 

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The cam gears look the same, the one for flat tappet looks darker. Rollers are lighter metal
The cast iron gear will work on the roller, but will wear the cam.
The other gear will break on a flat tappet cam


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lighter as in weight, or color?
 

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Cast is darker. Later today when I get back to the shop I'll take a picture of the 2 distributer and the difference

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Roller then flat tappet
Then roller on left


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ok, thanks.
i have the two sitting on top of the engine, and both have points in them.
the roller is new, the non roller is only about 5 months old and is a clean as new.
i am using it the E303 cam and need the roller gear distributor
i also have to get a FE oil pump drive rod to run the Melling high volume pump because the points distributor is smaller than the EFI distributor.
 
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