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Old 12-20-2016, 05:18 PM
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Hello there I'm a new member and wanted to start a thread on the build up of my 1979 f150 that I picked up in high school. To start out this truck has a soposed rebuilt 351m it's 4x4 and is a short box. I got this truck when I was 16 after I traded a Toyota that me and my dad built for it. At the time I was excited as I couldn't wait to see what would become of this truck. After a few months I grew board with it (seems I do this with a lot of my cars and truck ) and had put it aside to work on a new project. I let it sit for about 4 years with the occasional start it up to move it and just before I had let it sit I put a new carb on it that leaked fuel every where. After a few attempts of trying to sell it and a few stupid low offers that I wouldn't let my truck go for I decided to start working on it again. Which leads me to where I am now. This truck is now running how ever not so well. What I have done to it since I started working on it again is new battery, alternator , voltage regulator, power steering cooler, and I've played with the timing and carb. Here is what I know I need to go buy a timing light and get it done right as I have been just eyeballing it it needs new spark plugs wires cap and rotor and defnatly an oil change. as for the actual motor it's self I question that it has been rebuilt because it looks like they just painted it and they did a shitty job doing that it also was 180 degrees out of timing when I got the truck originally. Where I am now I want to get this thing running like it should any suggestions as to what I should do with this questionable motor?
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Old 12-20-2016, 07:30 PM
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I'd run a compression test. That will tell you how healthy the engine is. Then go from there.
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Old 12-20-2016, 07:43 PM
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Will do hopefully it's in good shape but if not I guess I'll put some kinda diesel in it or maybe a 460 depending on what I can find

Also here's a picture of the truck it's got some rust in the bed and that's about it
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Old 12-21-2016, 05:14 AM
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Looks like it has potential. A timing light would be a good investment.
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Definitly a new cap & rotor ,also ,if your carb has an eccelerator pump ,it
could be dried up.

Glad to see you into this project!....
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Old 12-21-2016, 10:53 AM
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[QUOTE=cbaker65;687008]Definitly a new cap & rotor ,also ,if your carb has an eccelerator pump ,it
could be dried up.

i forgot to say that I have fixed that leak haha it was the accelerator pump which was leaking


Today being that I work at an auto parts store I'm going to get my self a few new tools and some parts like timing light Vac gauge and compression gauge along with plugs cap and rotor wires and oil filter and oil. Can't wait to lay in the snow to change the oil.
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........Where I am now I want to get this thing running like it should any suggestions as to what I should do with this questionable motor?
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I'd run a compression test. That will tell you how healthy the engine is. Then go from there.
Add to what Randy just said, checking oil pressure against spec by using a mechanical pressure gauge. Bearing health and oil pump performance (lack of) are reasons to be left on the side of the road. And X2 on determine engine health first. Assuming it makes the grade and when you do start evaluating and throwing parts at it/replacing them, and if the budget is maybe lean, replace parts that affect reliability first (hoses, belts, maybe battery cables, and a fuel pump) before things that are wants but won't leave you stranded (plugs, wires). If you have rubber hose downstream from the fuel pump (ie, pressurized), make dead certain it's in good shape and won't abrade, come lose, melt on something, etc. Or better yet, make it all steel, like the factory did when new, and for very good reason.
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Old 12-21-2016, 07:43 PM
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The reason behind me wanting plugs and wires along with all of the other tune up items I've listed is due to the plugs never being changed in the 4 years I had the truck and the wires are starting to fall apart but yea I totally agree with you on fixing things that could leave me stranded the only thing is I only take this truck around the block for now because no tabs or insurance and I want it to be completed before I say insure it and start driving it around.

Something I'm 100% positive needs worked on would be the power steering system the pump is fine and no leaky lines any more but the box could use some work I've been able to get my hands on a rebuilt box here at work and I'll get it for about 1/2 off
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Old 12-21-2016, 09:17 PM
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So I've ran my self into a problem. My timing mark is one single milled out section about 1/4 inch in width what am I missing also maybe my actual marks are painted over as it has a nice thick coating of blue over it any suggestions
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Old 12-21-2016, 09:35 PM
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This is the mark I was talking about and it's the only one I could find on the pully
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