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Thread: Project Clifford, 1995 F-150

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    Project Clifford, 1995 F-150

    After wheeling my 1977 F-150 for a few years at Gilbert, Appleton, AVF, Dresser and Rochester, it was time to start on a new truck.



    I started making a list of changes I wanted in a new truck so I could gather parts while limping the old truck along.

    Old
    Carburated 460
    3.55:1
    Rear Lincoln Locked
    NP205
    Skyjacker 6" lift
    Disk/Drum

    New
    -Fuel Injection or Propane
    -Lower gears
    -Lockers or LS Front & Rear
    -Doubler
    -More flexible suspension
    -Four wheel disk brakes
    -Reliabliity

    Initially I bought a 89 F-superduty with a 460EFI 5spd to build the truck on, but after working on the truck, I decided I wanted more interior space and the truck was going to end up too heavy with the F-superduty frame.



    After a little more searching, I came across the donor for the new wheeler.
    A 1995 F-150 2wd 300EFI E4OD



    The truck was a little ruff around the edges and missing some items, but the price was right.
    Looking back I should have found a rust free Texas truck to start with.
    Last edited by 84F350; 01-03-2011 at 11:28 PM.
    Craig

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    The next step was to strip the truck down to its bare frame to get rid of the 2wd drive suspension, motor, transmission and rust.

    Disassembly begins.


    Deciding on the wheelbase. Stock is 139" and I wanted something shorter than the long box of the 77 at 133" The tires are set at 125" wb to clear the cab. The tires are 40" boggers for the rear and TSL's for the front.


    Project continues.


    Body gone, suspension and rear axle next.
    Last edited by 84F350; 01-03-2011 at 11:48 PM.
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    2wd suspension gone.


    Excess frame and 8.8" axle removed.


    Frame off to get sandblasted.


    Some new parts: Cage extended radius arms, coils and shocks.
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    Wheeler: 1995 F-150 Extended Cab on 40's

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    With the frame back. It was time to prime it to keep the rust down.


    First components installed was a ruff stuff shackle flip, differential cover, 63" Chevy 1/2ton rear springs, Dana 70 with rear disks, 5.13's and a powerlock.


    Front suspension installed with 6" lift variable rate coil springs, 77 F-150 coil towers, Cage radius arms, track bar and a Ford Dana 60 with 5.13's, powerlock and 35 spline outers.


    460 EFI and 5 spd installed with factory Ford mounts and a temporary transmission mount.
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    While working on the rest of the truck, I decided to install a doubler now instead of later, which would have required a new crossmember and driveshafts. After searching around, I decided to go with Offroad Designs 203-205 doubler along with their tripple stick setup.

    Doubler assembled and ready for installation.


    Doubler mounted in the frame. The front crossmember doubles as a driveshaft loop.


    Tripple stick levers installed. (The rear mounts were being painted in this picture)
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    After installing the new drivetrain and crossmembers, the updated fuel lines from a 95 460 were installed and the rear electrical before the cab was dropped back onto the frame.


    The column, F-superduty hydroboost, shocks (with F-250/F-350 mounts), front clip and engine harness were installed.


    Inside, the cab was kept mostly stock, the stick pedals and column were added and floor was modified for the triple stick and 5 spd.


    All of those modifications bring us up to today. The truck still has some small gremlins to take care of to get it to run with the newer body style, but with out a heated shop to work in, progress has been slow. Current priorities are to get it running and modify the front fenders for suspension travel and turning.


    Future plans include hydraulic assist steering, onboard air, rock-sliders (maybe boat side), custom bumpers with 2" receivers and D-rings, and shortened bed or flatbed.
    As for most projects, I don't think this one will ever end, but hopefully will be out enjoying the trails this year working the bugs out.
    Craig

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    Wheeler: 1995 F-150 Extended Cab on 40's

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    cool buildup.that is going to be sweet when you get it done.
    2000 XJ 4" Iron Rock Off Road Lift, 33" BFG Muds, lot's of "character"

    See ya on the trails!

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    Nice write on the build. See you out there this year.

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    Looking good so far.
    Last edited by bigE; 01-06-2011 at 09:07 PM.

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    Looking good keep up the progress...
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