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1979 F250 granite hauler

This is a 1979 F250 with 9ft Flatbed and 460 engine. I got a good weekend worth of work done. I accidentally deleted the "before" pics.

This shows its history. I rubbed some black paint off the door and found this. It came from Monterrey California. The excessive rust makes sense now. Its on the coastline.


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I took the whole front clip off less one inner fender. The inner fender was the only thing not damaged:



Above was saturday. I didn't have everything to pull the motor so I moved to the interior.


I gutted it and fixed the holes in the floor. Hopefully I get better as a go along. The other rust patches will be visible.:



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Looking good man

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Nice. Are you going to build an A frame on the bed?
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james. It has a removeable a-frame on it now. Look at the third pic and you'll see it. The pics I took Friday had slabs on the truck. I'm pissed I deleted them. oh well.

The truck serves two purposes. It transfers granite slabs back and forth between my showroom to my fabrication shop. It also tows a dump trailer to get rid of my scraps.

Seems like some cheap advertising if it turned into something that looked good. I'm trying to hot rod it up. lol.
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when did you get that?
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nice! i dont know that i would call that excessive rust though! LOL
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nice! i dont know that i would call that excessive rust though! LOL

We're Texans, ANY rust is excessive rust to us!


No seriously rust doesn't happen in Texas. It just doesn't.
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yes it does, try sinking your truck in the lake.. rust happens ha

not much though.
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nice! i dont know that i would call that excessive rust though! LOL

The floor is not thie biggest issue. Its rusted through on the corner of the windshield. Both doors are rusted through at a bottom corner. The door jamb has some rust holes.

I did the floors first since they can hide some flaws. Call it practice. The rest are gonna be "fun".
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You know what is funny, the fact that a southern truck does NOT rust in the same places as a NE truck.

For example, my dad's F350 which has been an Ohio truck for a LONG time, has rust on the fenders, doors, etc. All places exposed to road salt. My F250 has a bubble above the wind shield, almost directly above the rear view mirror. Its just so weird,... that's the last place I would expect a truck to rust.

I almost want to move to Florida with my grandparents just to keep my truck from rusting, or at least slow it down. Lol

Some weekend this summer I'm going to pull it apart from the frame and hit it all with POR15 while it's still rust free.
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I almost want to move to Florida with my grandparents just to keep my truck from rusting, or at least slow it down. Lol
i dont think being surrounded by a ton of salt water and salt in the air is a good way to keep it from rusting
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i love those old ford trucks
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i dont think being surrounded by a ton of salt water and salt in the air is a good way to keep it from rusting
Lol I'm talking central florida, not the coast.

Anyways, it has to be better than having salt water and salt slush continuously being sprayed on the underside of the vehicle all winter long in Ohio lol
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dang wayne, i'd love to come dig thru the granite scraps at your shop!

nice score on the truck too!
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dang wayne, i'd love to come dig thru the granite scraps at your shop!

nice score on the truck too!
I have somewhere in the range of 20 -30 gravel truck loads. lol.
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I think.. the best place to buy a vehicle is in oregon - yes.. its wet as all heck - but they don't use any road contaminants during winter, and most any rust you see blows right off with a quick pressure spray - just some minor surface stuff - I've never seen a NW vehicle get eaten through by rust, and I have been around quit a few older cars around here..! The only exception of course is the junkyard heaps, but that is expected...
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not much time today. I removed the heater/defroster/air conditioning box. I'll make a filler panel later. It will have an aftermarket a/c unit mounted inside the cab.



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Looking good, sir, looking good.
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the next round of pics (after this) should be interesting.

Interior is gutted:

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Excellent progress. Looking forward to moar pics! :)
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the fun pics.


hows this for a "cherry picker". Its used to move granite slabs, but serves well for other stuff, including engine removals:




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Wayne, that is truly awesome! Forklift engine/body hoist! haha man I really want to come check out your granite, but gotta find a house that needs new counters first! haha

In all seriousness tho, I may give you a ring in a month or two, as we are house hunting, and looking at some fixxer-uppers, and might be in the market for some new counter tops.
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I wish I had one of those cherry pickers lol. That would make things soooo much easier
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the front chasis is bare and painted. No new pics though.

got some parts coming. all front suspension components. :

2 48-1660 KYB SHOCK-FRONT-GAS-A-JUST 59.95 119.90
1 45-0368 MOUNT BRACKETS AND BUSHING KIT 179.95 179.95
1 45-2012 DRAG LINK 1 REQ 29.95 29.95
1 45-1926 INNER TIE ROD 1 REQ 59.95 59.95
1 45-1140 ADJUSTING SLEEVE 1 REQ 9.95 9.95
1 45-2423 CENTER LINK 1 REQ 59.95 59.95
1 45-2825 FRONT COIL SPRING SET-V8 69.95 69.95
2 45-4445 FRONT BRAKE HOSE 2 REQ 29.95 59.90
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