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Ford Truck Club Forum > FORD F-250 | F-350 SERIES | SUPER DUTY > 1948-1986 Ford F250 | F350



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Default 1974 Highboy: Fix it or ditch it?

I have a 1974 Highboy. Almost completely junk. Engine runs great has plenty of power (I put a fuel pump and rebuilt the carb and cleaned the points) but leaks oil. Manual trans shifts good. It drives and stops. The cab is rotted out collapsed on the front mounts and the interior is shot. I ripped out the carpet today and the passenger has no floorpan to speak of, driver is about the same. Frame is solid.

The lights are all messed up on it so it can't be road driven. The bed is not original is off an 80's truck and is junk.

Needs tires, brake hoses, a power steering-go though, shocks, needs exhaust manifolds and gaskets (they don't make headders I guess???) and exhaust. Also needs working lights.

I have another cab with solid mounts and floors, with good but dented hood and front end that is in saveable condition. But the rear of the cab is rotted out. Luckily, on the rotted out cab on the truck, the rear is not rotted out so there may be salvagable pieces of sheetmetal to make a real solid cab out of both of them.

In general, this is a really long story... I was going to build a wooden flatbed and put on the other cab. My budget is around $1000 for a farm truck/wood hauler/scrap truck. But this thing is pretty far gone. Its a cool old truck but is it worth the time?
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Yes. Any of the older Fords, specially the "Highboys" are worth it if you've got the time and money.

What engine is in the truck?

If you'll give me the the 4th digit in the VIN number on the Door Tag, and if possible a pic of the engine I'll tell you what you've got.

Most of the older fords you can buy longtube headers for, but it'll require some work to get the pipes over the crossmember as the longtubes when mounted, go right in front of the crossmember.
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Engine is the 360 FE.

Thank you for your reply!
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I'd do it, sounds like you almost have what you need to do it, but it's really up to you and if you want to take on that big of a project.


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You might check and see if Hedman makes headers that fit your truck, I don't remember at the moment if there is headers made for the 360's in these old Ford trucks.
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2wd yes 4WD no. Don't know what the diff is.

How do the studs work that hold them in? Are they reverse threaded into the head or same direction? I might try welding the cracked one and putting mani gaskets and new studs in to keep from burning out the valve seals
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i vote roll the old tin work off it, and find someone elses shell to put on a good frame and drivetrain.

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go for it man
It sounds a lot like the '63 I had when I went down wet roads I had to put my foot over the floor holes to keeps my eyes dry


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This is the cab, It is altogether clean except on the back and the underside which some of the supports near the rear are rusting. I was thinking sandblast and POR15 everything on the outside bottom half black primer the rest and bedline the floorboards. Better pics later of the current state of affairs. I got the truck in early 2009 and the first pics were taken Aug 2012. I tried to sell it like crazy to pay some bills and almost scrapped it but got money from another place.







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I see a lot of potential


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