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msgtling

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I have had the plans for this truck in my head since I was 14, to include the paint scheme. Due to moving around so much in the military it just wasn't possible to get started. Finally after 20 years in the Air Force the project finally got started.
Started with a stock truck and stripped it down to the frame. A year later she has a weld in modern front suspension and a 4-link in the rear from TCI. A ford explorer donated the 8.8 rear end for the project so I had disk brakes all the way around. I rebuilt the 8.8 with 3.73 gears and a possitrack from ford racing.
The truck had a 1971 Lincoln 429 in it when I got it. Once I had it out and tore it down I found it to be in really good shape. None the less we need more POWER! Sent it to the machine shop and had it punched .60 over. Found some 1969 iron heads on craigs list (the 1971 heads are no good for porting) and had them ported, polished, and the largest valves possible installed. With the roller rockers and cam I'm hopeing for between 400 and 450HP on pump gas.
Up next is a serpentine belt system and a FAST throttle body injection system. Gas tank will be relocated to the rear of the truck.
Currently working on some body work such as filling holes and repairing rust. All work to this point I have done myself with the exception of the machining of the motor.
Money of course makes this project move much slower than I would like.
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wallew

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Master Sargent,

LOOKS GREAT.  One step at a time, as money allows.  You WILL FIND that doing a project such as this will stay with you.  FOR A LONG TIME.

Enjoy the journey you are on.  Most people do not realize how rare it is these days, with a 'gotta have it now' mentality that most 'selfie taking, instant gratification' people will never do.  And never know the sense of pride and that feeling of accomplishment you get by seeing this project through to the end.

Keep posting the pictures as you go.  LOVE the truck and what you've done so far. 

Have you chosen a color for it yet?  How about a name?

Keep up the great work.  And WELCOME TO THE FORUM.

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msgtling

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She will be candy apple red and metalic jet black fenders and running boards. No name thus far.
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wallew

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Man, that will be a great color combo.  When you get the paint down, we would love more pictures.

Keep at it.  It's always worth the effort and the pay off is generally worth WAY MORE than you put into it.

The reason why is you put your own vision, love, busted knuckles and sweat, tears and blood.

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Kurganhunter

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I love the project. March Performance makes the "Sport Track" serpentine kit that includes P/S, ALT. A/C, Water pump, and all pulleys. The downside is it is a 2 belt system and they are not included. I used it on my 54' Chevy with a stroked 383 and I am happy with the results. RCI makes aluminum and polymer 16 gal fuel cells that fit nicely between the frame rails. Best of luck on your journey and thank you for your service to our great country 
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