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  • 05 gt 5spd
    started a topic My 1972 F250 project

    My 1972 F250 project

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    This project started in spring of 1972 when my Dad bought this truck, it was less than 6 months old. Built in Ontario in Sept of 1971 and picked up at the factory by the original owner . Dad needed a truck for the garage and this came home. F250 4x4 ,360 cid V8 , 4 speed trans, 2 speed divorced transfer case, light duty front end (closed knuckle Dana 44 ) with manual locking hubs, power brakes, manual steering built as Sport Custom trim level. 7.50 x 16 nylon Jeep service lug tires on split wheels and a dealer installed step bumper.

    As the truck needed to earn its keep it was soon equipped with a Fisher 8’ power angle snow blade which would remain on the truck until the early 2000’s . The last vehicle inspection expired in 1996 . The truck received a thick coating of grease graphite undercoating when it arrived in Guysborough .
    I credit that application of undercoating and a couple of Dad’s additional guards in making the truck last. What you see is all original doors, fenders, box sides etc.

    About 2004 Dad repaired 2 small holes in the bottom of the doors and the truck was prepped and painted and went in the building you see in the picture . The spark plugs were removed, the cylinders oiled and the truck was covered and did not move until May of 2018.

  • Mcdavis
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    Gerry, can’t wait to see the truck in the flesh! Great story and pics.

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  • S197CS
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    Awesome Gerry! Wish I’d had the chance to snatch one of my dad’s fox, but they were long gone before i was born. Love this story!!!

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  • 05 gt 5spd
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    Thanks all for the kind words

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  • TrueBlue02058
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    Your Dad must be more than Pleased that his Truck has a Good Owner that will keep it on the Road for Years to come.

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  • 67 AGAIN
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    Very nice Gerry.

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  • 05 gt 5spd
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    Time for a road trip
    June 8th was the first car show for the F250. I managed to get the truck to New Glasgow without Dad knowing it was there. There was a big smile on his face when he saw the people gathered around looking at the truck
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    A Good day was had by all

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    I could say this is the end, but I believe the story of this truck is far from done.

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  • 05 gt 5spd
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    While the starter was down I had a good look at it ad found a missing retainer for the starter drive. Better to find it now. A trip to Diesel and Auto and a rebuilt starter was installed. Lots of clean parts down here now!

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  • TrueBlue02058
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    Originally posted by 05 gt 5spd View Post
    Since I was working at it I decided to add a battery disconnect switch

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    The air cleaner looked crappy so I blasted and painted the base and cover- time for another can of Ford Blue!

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    Installed a new new air cleaner element -

    What is that on the floor? Coolant?

    Round 2 of surprises to come!
    Looks Great in the Engine Compartment Gerry. Not Overdone, but Clean.

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  • Mcdavis
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    Better you spotted these problems now than when you were 200 miles from home.

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  • S197CS
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    Wow i really need to go see that truck!! Love following your adventure Gerry!

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  • 05 gt 5spd
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    Yes that was coolant! Looks like I’m going to be changing 6 frost plugs !

    ordered the 49/64” steel plugs and started the disassembly .

    To to get the plugs out, the rear 4 were easy- just the starter and the exhaust had to move. I’m glad I saw the drip before I reinstalled the exhaust!
    the front two are another story. Motor mounts have to come out to access them so the engine has to lift. Moved the engine crane in place and with a few hammer blows form Brian the front plugs were in.

    looking at the old ones it seems Dad had already replaced 1 with steel and two with rubber sometime previously.

    Here is is what came out

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    I’m glad to have that job done. Added new coolant , a thermostat, and a new temp sensor to fix the heat gauge and all is done - right ?

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  • 2001BlackGTvert
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    Looking nice Gerry. I cannot wait to see this beast.

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  • 05 gt 5spd
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    Since I was working at it I decided to add a battery disconnect switch

    3B2F0A43-CE6B-4586-BF84-A62B5D0C62CB.jpeg

    The air cleaner looked crappy so I blasted and painted the base and cover- time for another can of Ford Blue!

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    Installed a new new air cleaner element -

    What is that on the floor? Coolant?

    Round 2 of surprises to come!

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  • 05 gt 5spd
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    Well every project, just as it seems all is going well the project will throw you a surprise. A few weeks ago I had the truck all ready for the road so I took it to work one day. When I returned home I decided to change the oil a second time - after another 100 miles of running from sitting since 1996.
    The oil stated to drain then - nothing - the opening was plugged with sludge!
    Now the oil pan had to come down to see how bad things looked.
    To get the oil pan down the exhaust has to drop. And on it goes. I was able to clean the pan and get the oil pump pick up cleaned - then wait for the new oil pan gaskets . I cleaned and painted the pan while it was off- back to Ford Blue.


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    Painted the pan

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    Almost back to where I started. New oil and filter added.
    Last edited by 05 gt 5spd; 12-Jun-2019, 09:42 PM.

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