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My beater '88

I'm new here and made my intro thread, but I thought I'd make a project thread as well. I picked up this truck a week ago for $1200, and have already done a little to it, but I'm just scratching the surface. I probably won't pour a ton of money into this thing, just make it so it's a somewhat comfortable daily beater. It has a full roller 302 out of (what I was told) an '85 Mustang GT. The engine has an Edelbrock 500cfm carb, performer 289 intake, Edelbrock signature chrome valve covers, and RPM performer cam. I have no idea what transmission or rear end are in it, so I was hoping someone might be able to help me out. Also, it has a B&M ratchet shifter.

As for my future plans, there was no cluster or gauges in it when I got it, but I already have a full set of auto meter gauges ready to be installed, I just have to make a dash bezel. I would eventually like to make everything in the interior black, as well as install some kind of bucket seats and make a custom center console. I am an auto body guy/painter by trade, so I might eventually fix up the body and paint it, if I feel ambitious enough. I would also like to lower it.

Anyways, on to some pics of it's current state:
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The gauges I bought for it
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Anyone know what rear end this is? The diff is locked, and the guy I bought it from didn't know what it was.
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And this transmission? The guy wasn't sure if it was an AOD or a C4. I'm pretty sure it's a 3 speed with overdrive.
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Anyone have any idea what the rear end and transmission are?
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looks like a 7.5" ford rear end.

Tranny, I honestly have no idea.
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Looks like a 7.5 rear end and an AOD transmission
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I got this installed on Saturday
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I finished up a couple other little things and took this pile out for it's maiden voyage yesterday, and the damn fuel pump quit, and the heater core started leaking. This confuses the hell out of me, but Orilley's had the heater core in stock, but not the fuel pump. How is it they have a heater core for an old *** truck that there are barely any of left, yet they don't have a mechanical fuel pump for a mustang? Oh well, they were able to get one from their warehouse, so I should have that this morning.
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installed pics? looks like a pretty nice simple panel, autometer rocks
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your fuel pump and heater core taking a vaca w/o you means it's time for a swap. either 302+ or turbo that 4 banger!

gotta love those 80's graphics!
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No installed pics right now, I'll probably get some tomorrow morning when I put the new fuel pump in. It didn't come out quite as clean as I wanted it to, but this truck is just a beater anyways so I'm not gonna go to crazy about it.
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your fuel pump and heater core taking a vaca w/o you means it's time for a swap. either 302+ or turbo that 4 banger!

gotta love those 80's graphics!
Did you read the thread? It already has a 302. haha And yes, the graphics are awesome!
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glad you got them installed, hopefully you can figure out all the little problems on it.
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no, epic fail on my part. normally i catch those small things.
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It's all good. Also, I'm having a hard time finding wiper arms that actually fit this thing. I bought some from PartsTrain.com and even though the description said 83-91 ranger, they wouldn't fit over the splined spindle things on the cowl. Does anyone happen to have a part number (or anything) for what they should be?
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Well I got the fuel pump installed, but my bad/barely-running issue persists. I have it narrowed down the the distributor or the plug wires. I ohmed out the wires and the right side were all a bit high so I'll replace them first, and on my way to work today I'm gonna stop by the race shop in Blaine and order up a complete MSD ignition system.
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I got some of my MSD stuff installed, but I need a TFI harness so I can get the distributor and 6al box installed. It turns out my distributor is just fine, the problem I was experiencing was a clogged up fuel pickup in the tank. Once I had the tank out I found a 4" crack, and a hole about half the size of a dime on the flat part of the tank just in front of the sending unit hole.The inside of the tank isn't too bad, just a lot of varnish inside it. I ordered a new tank, so I should have that on Monday, and have it installed on Tuesday before I go to work.
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I took the day off from work today to get the tank installed and it runs and drives great now! All I have left as far as drivability stuff is to get the wipers sorted, and get the speedo working, but I think I'm gonna need a custom cable for that.
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So I've been driving this to work every day, I have about 1k miles on it already (I have a 100 mile a day commute to work) and other than getting a little warmer than I'd like it to (cruising @65-70mph it's at about 200-205), and the fuel draining back out of the line after I shut it off, it's been running awesomely. I've been averaging about 16.5 mpg with it, but I guess that's not too bad since it's a carb'd V8. I was feeling lazy today so I fixed a couple other little things it needed, and took some pics of it.


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So last Wednesday I had a bit of a setback.... I was just leaving work on Tuesday night, when the engine stumbled a little bit and I saw what I thought was a backfire through the hood gap at the cowl and the engine stumbled and lost power. Out of the corner of my eye I notice a glow coming from under the truck so I immediately shut the engine off. The fuel line came off of the inlet side of the fuel filter, it ran long enough to spray some fuel over the right side of the engine bay, and when it got down to the exhaust manifold, it ignited. I don't know if the clamp broke, or what happened, but I had just checked to make sure the clamp was tight two days prior to it coming off. The damage wasn't really too bad, mostly just the plastic inner fender. While that was burning, it damaged the wire harness going to the blower motor/resistor, the wires going to the solenoid, the solenoid it's self, the air filter, and the fuel lines.

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I took Wednesday off from work to get the truck home and to get all the parts to fix it, then spent an hour or so on Saturday, then about 5 hours on Sunday replacing everything that was damaged as well as the brake booster. It's all good now, and running tip top. The only problem I have to figure out is a small coolant leak coming from somewhere on the back of the engine. It's dripping down from the bellhousing. :(
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As soon as I find an older ranger, im dropping a HO 5.0 in it, how does smog work in MN? im curious, you gotta go older in CA, with newer motor.

Sad to see the fire damage though, looks like a steal all-in-all for only a couple bills!

btw, is it quick? and how squirrelly is that thing in the snow?

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MN has no smog laws at all, and no inspections so pretty much anything goes here, it's pretty nice. Although if you get pulled over and the cop is being a dick, he can ticket for no catalytic converters, loud exhaust etc. but they can't really say anything about engine swaps.

It goes pretty good for what it is, but it needs more power. Or at least different gearing (I haven't checked to see what gears are in it). In the snow it's not too bad, the snow tires, locked diff and sand bags in the back help out a lot with traction.
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The smog ***** are the only thing keeping me from goin to fast....

California makes me wanna punch hippies.....
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^^ That's one of the many reasons I will never live in Cali.

On a side note: My truck has a manual steering sector, and it takes like, 6 revolutions of the steering wheel to go from lock to lock, it's pretty ridiculous. Does anyone know what other steering sectors will fit in this and give me a quicker steering ratio?
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