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1972 F100 Shortbed Bumpside

Ludachris

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Well, just an update on the F100... when it was delivered I noticed a significant fuel leak from the carb. I finally got around to pulling it and replacing the seals, after watching a bunch of different Youtube videos. I'll admit, I've never worked on a carburetor before. I got it back on and no more leaks... yay! Of course, I likely didn't adjust the choke correctly when I had it on the bench. I'm able to start it and it idles okay but it isn't running right. I have more work to do on that.

I knew this was going to be a pretty decent learning curve for me, but I was hoping that I could at least drive the truck without too much trouble. It sounded like the truck was running before I bought it, but I also knew there was a chance it wouldn't run good coming from a higher elevation (4500 ft down to 100 ft of elevation). I'll probably have to pull the carb again to adjust the choke, and probably check timing. Besides the carb tuning, there's an oil leak I need to look into.

I'm still working out what the overall plans will be for this truck but I'm leaning towards keeping it a budget project. I'm thinking I'd like to keep the 360 but freshen it up. Maybe swap in a Holley or Edelbrock carb and intake manifold (actually found this kit that also includes a cam and lifters - of course, it's on backorder until June), which will also allow me to eliminate the coolant and exhaust provisions that feed the factory carb to keep it warm, cleaning up the engine bay a little and opening the door for headers.

So part of me is wondering if I should just move forward with that right out of the gate instead of fiddling with the carb adjustments on the stock Motorcraft 2100. Or if I'm biting off too much too soon. Was thinking maybe I'd get that kit and just install the intake manifold and carb for now, and possibly install the cams/lifters a little later. I want to try and do this in stages so I can drive it without it being torn apart all the time.

The stock muffler has a big hole in it so I'll need to get the exhaust plan sorted soon. Not sure if there will be any issues with dual exhaust clearance with the 4-speed manual linkage. Once the intake manifold is swapped out headers are a no brainer.

The suspension needs a complete refresh. I can push down on the front end and watch it bounce up and down. The shocks are shot. The bushings are toast. A QA1 front end would be pretty bad ass, but I'm not sure I'll be going that extreme. I might just go with some lowering beams, new shocks, new bushings, rear axle flip, and power disc brake conversion. I'll probably get some new shocks for now while I put more thought into the suspension/chassis plans.

That's it for now. One thing I really want to do is make a project drawing/rendering. I'll have to make some time for that here soon, since this will be an official FTF project truck! :)
 
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Fellro

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FE's are pretty torquey motors set up right. I have a few factory 4 barrel intakes around if you would be interested, but they are HEAVY... It is pretty easy to change that 360 to a 390. They are equal bore. Last 390 I had disintegrated the wrist pin snap rings in 2 cylinders and then proceded to rub deep grooves in the cylinder walls.

Only linkage you have to clear with the exhaust will be the clutch bell crank and connector rods.

 

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This 68 showed up shortly after you found yours. ASking $12,500.... It's more of a rat rod.
 

Ludachris

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This 68 showed up shortly after you found yours. ASking $12,500.... It's more of a rat rod.
That's actually more of what I was looking for... Mine is a little cleaner looking than what I was envisioning - in some ways. Oh well, I'm pretty happy with what I found.

And yes, I've read up on the differences between the 360 and 390 FE. I figure I'll do a leak down test at some point to see if a rebuild is in the cards. If so, I'll likely turn it into a 390 (or 410). If not, I'll just add some pep to the 360.
 

Kaajot

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This 68 showed up shortly after you found yours. ASking $12,500.... It's more of a rat rod.
That sure is a nice looking old truck. I like the name where it came from too. I'm into words though.
 
Good looking truck! My first pickup looked just like that, same color and everything but was a '71, 240 i6, and three on the tree.

Good luck with your upgrades!
 
Well we know what you're going to be up to over the Christmas break!!!
 
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