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1978 Ford F250 cab floor repair 18 metal fabrication

1978 F250 Build Post 9

CAB REPAIR – Metal Work Continues

After getting the pre popped LMC parts welded in place we had to move onto metal fabrication. So much of the cab was rusted out that the pieces we had to cut out were not available as re-pops. I just made some simple cardboard templates and cut out some 20g sheet metal to fit in those spaces. Read More→

1978 Ford F250 cab rocker panel repair 1

1978 F250 Build Post 8

CAB REPAIR – rocker panel repair cont.

Following up the floor pan replacement the next step was to work outward from the inner rocker panels. Again, pretty much the whole LMC cab body panel page was ordered. We started first by just holding pieces up and figuring out where they need to go and how much we needed to take off of the cab vs. Read More→

1978 Ford F250 cab floor pan replacement 5

1978 F250 Build Post 7

CAB REPAIR – Floor pan replacement

Once I had gotten the inner rocker panels welded in it was time to for the floor pan replacement. I ordered left and right floor pans from LMC and didn’t have to trim them too much as the floor was completely rusted through. I decided against butt-welding them and chose to  overlap them with the original steel. Read More→

1978 Ford F250 cab rocker replacement

1978 F250 Build Post 6

Cab repair – Rocker replacement

The cab floor was completely shot throughout, the only thing that really survived was the trans area and firewall. Most people would look for a new cab but we wanted to save our old truck as it has sentimental value. I basically ordered everything on the cab body panel page of LMC; Read More→

1978 Ford F250 new frame 2

1978 F250 Build Post 5

DISASSEMBLY – cab, old frame, new frame

Once we removed all the engine and transmission stuff from the F250 build we were ready to get the cab off the old frame. By this time I had found a local guy that had a “new” frame that I had purchased along with a bed, grill, tailgate, Read More→

1974 Ford F350 Front

Readers’ Rides Post 3 – Chris’ 1974 Ford F350

Check out Chris’ 1974 Ford F350 for our third Readers Rides post. It has a Ford big block 500 stroker engine with aluminum heads, Detroit lockers front and rear, and each axel is cut and narrowed 6″ so the 16.5″ wide tires fit. This has been a ongoing project for Chris for the last 10 years and the truck even made it into his wedding (check his Instagram for that pic: @cpsmooth).

1978 Ford F250 351M Engine wash

1978 F250 Build Post 4

Disassembly – 351M Engine and transmission

Switching gears (no pun intended) from the cab rust issues to engine disassembly we decided to pull the engine and transmission. This way we could work on the frame, engine, and cab all simultaneously (read: when we get frustrated with one area, move to another).  The engine is a 351M with a 4 speed manual transmission and attached NP205 transfer case. Read More→

1979 F150 Front Pass

Readers’ Rides Post 2 – Colton’s 1979 F150

The second Readers Rides post is Colton’s 1979 Ford F150 Custom out of Ontario, Canada. This build story is quite a roller coaster with the truck being finished, crashed and then rebuilt. Read the story below and check out the build pictures.

Colton and his Dad restore old Ford pick up trucks as a hobby (Nice!). Read More→

1978 Ford F250 Engine 1

1978 F250 Build Post 3

Disassembly – Cab and Rust Problems

After we got the grill, radiator support, and fenders off we removed the hood. Next came the inner fenders and as you can see from the pictures below the passenger side is pretty far gone with rust. However the drivers side inner fender and frame rail had so much oil and road grime on it it didn’t get a chance to rust. Read More→