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1985 F150

Discussion in 'All Other Makes and Models' started by SVO, October 25, 2004.

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    1. SVO

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      Bought this ultra cheap last week, $1500, no rust, original Oak bed floor, 92k miles, I6 w/c-4 auto, no power anything, ice cold A/C, rubber floor, plain and simple just like I like it, everything is there and what is damaged (dash pad) and badly decaying door panels, LMC has in thier catalog to restor it, but it's 90% like it sits.

      Needs tires and a buffing.

      New pics on page 2
       

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      Wow, that's clean! What did you buy it for? Work? Backup?
       
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      Looks real clean for an 85, did you buy that and the dodge you were talking about or did you just change your mind?
       
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      Went down to pick up the Dodge and took it for another spin, and behold the oil pump decided to give out right as we turned back into the lot.

      So also sitting on the lot was this little Ford F150 Flareside calling my name from the corner of the lot to come over and have a look-see.

      So after taking her for a spin and checking her over really good, I realized that with an LMC catalog and a few other items, not only will I have one super clean restoration on my hands but, still (with a few mods) have a truck that can pull a trailer.

      And I'm kinda "Old School" like that too, I remember kids getting trucks like this when I was graduating in 85'

      It's so unmolested it hurts, even still has the stock mechanical fuel pump with the part number sticker on it from Ford.

      Right now it just needs some tires, poor thing has a mis-matched set all the way around it, poor thing :(
       

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      I swear I just shead a tear when I saw that truck. My first vehicle was an '81 F100 stepside that looked almost exactly like that. I had the 3-speed manual on the column behind the 300 I6 and the only power options it had was power brakes and power steering. God I miss that truck. I have plans on picking up another one soon. I was 15 when I bought it and sold it right before my 17th birthday. I am 19 now and miss it like a lost friend. Can you post some pics of the interior? I can't wait to see how it turns out. I hope to soon get another stepside from the early '80's and turning it into a project truck. Just trying to find one with minimal rust which is rare in New England.
       
    8. SVO

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      I would be glad to shoot you some pictures of the inside for you, I'll also take a pic of one under the hood for you too.

      List of repairs needed inside :

      Scrape old wrinkled window tint off back glass

      Replace dash pad (sun baked, cracked)

      Replace door panels (faded and brittel on the top)

      Replace rubber flooring (ripped on driver's side)

      outside :

      Buff paint

      4 Tires ( upgrade to 275-60-15's from 195-75-15's)

      Replace the locking lugs that were taken off, and not replace with anything (DOH!)

      Replace dull/faded tail lamp lenses (done)

      mechanical :

      Exhaust manifold gasket leak to head

      Tune-up (cap, rotor, plugs, wires, filters, pvc)

      Replace flexable, cold air intake hose to air cleaner

      Replace RA bushings (done)




      Upgrades :

      C-4 shift kit

      3.73's to replace 3.08's

      Class V hitch

      Air shocks

      More agressive low/mid rpm cam grind



      But essentally, leave it all stock. ;)

      As some of you may or may not know, the 300 I6 (IE: 4.9) is also found in F250's, this is a rough and tough, bullet proof motor and will take a beating and keep on chugging.
      It's a low RPM torque monster, and coupled with the right gears can be a beast! :)


      As the VIN de-codes:

      1FD = Ford Motor Company

      C = 4001 - 5000lbs

      F15 = F150 2WD

      Y = 6cyl 300CID 4.9 1bbl carb 1983-86

      F = 1985

      K = Kansas City plant

      1159 = Numerical sequence of assy.
       
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      Those old stepsides are a real rarity now.....Good find!
       
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      woah that is sweet, helluva deal!!!
       
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      Yeah those I6's are real beasts. Not much in the HP department, but when it comes to low-end torque its the balls.

      I had 3.08 gears (I think if I remember correctly), 2wd with 235-75-15's to replace the 195-75-15's that it used to have and that thing would still pull a full load of logs stacked up high as the roof without a problem. I will try to dig up some before and after pics of my truck, it was incredible how much better it looked after some nice love.

      Things I changed:
      - usual tune-up stuff (distributor, cap, plugs, wires, coil)
      - new duraspark unit
      - new clutch
      - rebuilt 3-speed manual tranny from junkyard (wasn't worth rebuilding the original)
      - New shocks
      - Add-a-leaf for the rear
      - new tail lights
      - new paint (from brown to black)
      - new black carpet and repaired hole in floor on drivers side
      - painted the brown interior black to matchb truck
      - new sliding rear window to replace old broken slider
      - new speedo cable to replace broken one
      - New speakers and Sony CD player
      - Many interior panels and exterior peices from LMC (grilee, door panels, etc)

      She was a great truck. Only problem I had with it was the shift linkage was getting old and would bind up every now and then. This would leave me stuck between 1st and 2nd on ocassion. Would have been easily remidied by installing a floor shifter.

      If you could take some pics that would be great. Had a lot of good memories in that old truck. I wish I had kept it, but I needed the money to get the Explorer cause I needed something with 4x4 and a little better for driving back and forth to school.
       
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      get yourself a Offenhauser Manifold and then she'll scream :D
       
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      It would be much appreciated if you might have that part number for that Offy intake. ;)



      snocross1985 (Scott)


      I really hate to say it, and I'll get pictures, but there is a Flareside just like the one you are describing that is a worker at a kick lil mexican food resturant where we go for lunch and margarita's.
      I will be sure to get you some pics, but not to break your heart though lol.

      this is what the call Desert Tan with Dark desert tan metallic, it has what the LMC catalog would call saddle interior with black appointments.

      One of the sad notes (hopefully yours looked better) I wasn't going to mention this or take a picture, but since my last post till this one I was in the kitchen cleaning a new radio/A/C bezel because the kid of the original owner wanted a CD player in the truck, because of this, he :( hacked and gouged the bezel to bits *sniff* but luckly the place where I work is right next to a barn where they had an old 84' F150 for a barn truck that kicked a rod out the side of the 302, so I was told take whatever parts I wanted. (WHHHHHHHOOOOOOO HHOOOOO!)

      So I snatched the radio bezel and AM radio w/knobs and the glove box latch and broght them home to wash up and touch up the silver trim a little and install in the truck, and yank out the Blaupunkt that now resides in the dash.
      There was nothing really wrong with my glove box latch except for it was fading so I figure why not since LMC wants $17 for a new one and $5 for the retaining clip.

      The best part of this find is that I have ALL of the service records AND belive it or not the insurance cards since it was bought, that includes the plastic credit card for the ESP warranty, the metall data tag and key replacement metal tag, all the manuals and offers of options and accesories, you name it, EXCEPT for the window sticker and bill of sale DAMN! :(

      All the paper work and manuals look brand new.


      BTW: I would gladly trade the Blaupunkt for a WORKING AM/FM/Cass factory Ford radio w/knobs, see picture below from Ford manual:
       

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      Looks awesome Jeff. That is a favorite truck of mine. You need to drive it up someday for a ROAD TRIP!
       
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      Under the hood it could use a repaint of the air cleaner lid, but really nothing more than a really good bath, and yeah the bed could be refinished.
       

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      My 81 didn't have the luxury of dash vents ;) . That is very nice looking. Brings back some good memories. The bed is in great condition. I had quite a bit of rust and the wood had swelled and faded. I'll try to post some of my pics in the next few days, gotta do some digging.
       
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      wow that interior looks great,


      sorry i don't know the offy part number but you should be able to find something on the net somewhere
       
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      not bad, looks very well kept...
       
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      I thought you needed the radio? In those pics, there is one in there?
       
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      I couldn't bare it anymore, so just before I bailed to lunch yesterday I put in a stock, non-working AM radio (out of that 1984 F150) and the newly cleaned bezel to keep my eyes from bleeding anymore.

      But I still need an AM/FM/Cass unit though.










      Jeff - :navajo:
       
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      snocross1985,

      I stopped by that resturant (The Ditch) yesterday after work but apperantly they were already gone, and we don't usally go there to eat except on mondays case the other Mexican place is closed on mondays, but I have tomorrow (friday) so I'll swing by there and snap a few pics.
       
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      Sweet Lookign truck :thumbsup:
       
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      Please email me all the information to bruce_dane@ccsn.edu about the stereo you are looking for. A local junkyard here has been getting some runs lately of 80's F150's & f250's. Do you know cross over information? I'll print out all the information you send me (year of truck, etc) at work and then when we make a junkyard run next, I'll look around for you! :D

      I'm jealous, I want that truck! I just need to buy a big piece of property and fill it up with all the cars/trucks I would like!

      Dane
       
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      that looks pretty awesome! i had no idea that the beds of the 80's f150s looked so retroish...the interior looks very 80s but the stepside bed looks like something from the 60s. i like it either way. man i want a fullsize truck....
       

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