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    I bought an old 1976 F250 from a farmer friend about three years ago. Ever since then when I have some spare time and I really mean spare time I spend it on the old Ford.


    With the Patrol almost finished I can see my self move the F250 into the workshop.
    Bought it with a stuffed Ford 302. To my humble opinion a 302 is not suited for the F250. Have done some mod`s on a 351W.




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    nice toy!

    Got to say, I find it quite amusing that those seemed ENORMOUS when they were new - massive trucks.

    they are far smaller than a modern 'mini truck' as the Americans call the SA one tonners....

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    Those were full width (65 inch) Dana 60s? Or am I smoking stuff?
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    Some ID plates revealed that it was build for the Army. As hard as I have tried I could not find any information about it.


    Military green still visible a some unpainted area`s . My only thought I that it could have been an ambulance or a signallers vehicle. The cab and bak were joined together and markings on the roof indicate that it had a full canopy extending and joined on the roof.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Those were full width (65 inch) Dana 60s? Or am I smoking stuff?

    Yip, full width 60 at the back and 44 closed knuckle front
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    Quote Originally Posted by grips View Post
    Yip, full width 60 at the back and 44 closed knuckle front
    Can I have it? Swop you a Series 2A.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    nice toy!

    Got to say, I find it quite amusing that those seemed ENORMOUS when they were new - massive trucks.

    they are far smaller than a modern 'mini truck' as the Americans call the SA one tonners....

    Alex they are still a little bigger than our one tonners, although some dimension's come close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Can I have it? Swop you a Series 2A.



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    Uncle Grips. Whats the long term plan on this F250 ford

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    Some clues on its army links.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carlp View Post
    Uncle Grips. Whats the long term plan on this F250 ford

    Want to keep its looks as close as possible to the original. Have studied a lot of engine and transmission options.


    Sort of multi role. Monster tow vehicle, must be able to put some stretch marks in a caravan or trailer. The size of the bak is that of a city hall, you almost can carry a house on the back, so maybe some Abba camper one day.


    Then I cannot help think that it could serve as a Taxi killer.
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    The cab and bak being joined together was not one of the brightest idea`s. The Kalahari corrugated roads taking its toll.


    Cab had some serious cracks all over it, so my very first priority were to separate the cab and bak.


    After some cutting and making inserts it were separate.
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    Had a look at almost every truck diesel engine in this country exceeding 5.0l.
    Would like to fit something like a 7.3 Ford Powerstroke V8 205kw and 700nm.
    Converting to diesel can become quite expensive as diff ratio`s needed to be changed.


    Had a 351W sitting in the corner of the shop. Decided to do a few mods more to increase torque than power. The 351W`s power were killed by smog regulations. They come with low compression heads running 8.0 to 1 with huge 72cc combustion chambers and low compression pistons.


    With plenty of v8 spares in stock I had an idea to fit 302W heads on the 351w.
    A set with 58cc chambers would push compression to about 10.3.
    So I opened up the ports on the 302 heads. After some machining and drilling I bolted the 302 heads onto the 351W. Comp truck cam, Edelbrock Torker intake and 670 cfm Holley it would be good for about 230kw and 580nm.

    Then I had a phone call a few days ago with an offer on a Ford 460. Now I found my self surfing all the possibilities with a 460. The possibility of 400KW and 800nm are keeping me awake at night.


    Some pic`s on my cylinder head porting job.
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    Oe, nice! I'm following this oom Grips! Oh, if you are ever in Pta or have someone coming from here to you remind me to send you a gauge cluster and brown door 'card' (the plastic bit).

    Think I have a winder or two and some other bits off an F250 here too. Used to have near perfect grille inserts and doors too lying around on the Natal farm but think my dad gave them to the local oom Grips (oom Fanie Ford) when the farm there was sold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by locklaw View Post
    Oe, nice! I'm following this oom Grips! Oh, if you are ever in Pta or have someone coming from here to you remind me to send you a gauge cluster and brown door 'card' (the plastic bit).

    Think I have a winder or two and some other bits off an F250 here too. Used to have near perfect grille inserts and doors too lying around on the Natal farm but think my dad gave them to the local oom Grips (oom Fanie Ford) when the farm there was sold.

    Thanks will keep that in mind
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    Among my most enduring memories of my years working in Namibia in the 1980s were of Ford F250s approaching in a cloud of dust, and on the front bench seat there'd be a Herero cattle farmer in a suit and two or three Herero women in full traditional Victorian dress next to him, and six or seven cattle on the back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver View Post
    Among my most enduring memories of my years working in Namibia in the 1980s were of Ford F250s approaching in a cloud of dust, and on the front bench seat there'd be a Herero cattle farmer in a suit and two or three Herero women in full traditional Victorian dress next to him, and six or seven cattle on the back.






    They have huge cabs and seats 4 people with ease.
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    Nice project!
    On a different note, if those boys left liquid penetrant on any of my motor components I will sheeeeet myself!
    That absolutely has to come off after the dwell time!!!!

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    Grips, still feel robbed as I lost a chance to by a Chev Scottsdale 454 in 2007.. Had no papers and the man was in a rush.. sold it while I was driving to him with cash.. Man those can be build up proper..

    Lockaw, I am near you and go to the NC every month.. Could meet you and pick up for Christo.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Willied View Post
    Grips, still feel robbed as I lost a chance to by a Chev Scottsdale 454 in 2007.. Had no papers and the man was in a rush.. sold it while I was driving to him with cash.. Man those can be build up proper..

    Lockaw, I am near you and go to the NC every month.. Could meet you and pick up for Christo.
    Great! My office is in Brooklyn, east and across the road from the mall. I'll gather what I can find over the weekend and we can pm on a time and place to meet.

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