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"Project Flatbed" build thread

I've had this project posted on another site for a while now, but I spend a lot more time here so I thought I'd post it here to see what you guys thought.

My project is a 1977 F250 4x4 400M. It has a D60 out back and a D44HD up front.

I bought the truck last year for $1000. The previous owner is a family friend and he cut me a good deal.

When I bought the truck the body work was already done, just needed paint. The engine, transmission, and transfer case had already been rebuilt.

They gave me every part I needed to finish it, plus access to a 78 F150 and a 73 F350 for any extra parts, no charge.

The truck is being built to replace my dad's 76 Chevy as the farm truck, but it's all up to me to build it.

Here's what I looked like when I reattached the panels and finished sanding. The door that is all primed had to be fixed, the patch panel that was welded on years ago caused the sheet metal to warp






Paint! I picked up fleet paint (no need for primer) from Napa Auto Parts, it's not supposed to be sold to the general public because it is so much cheaper than car paint, but the guy cut me a break

This was my first painting experience, I made a few mistakes, but I have a better gun now, so the next time hopefully it will be better







Next I traded the original bed for a flatbed ( I think I got a better deal)






Need to cut a hole for this


Probably not the best way, but it was the only way


Finally got the windshield and back glass installed, no glass shop in my area wanted to touch it (because its a locking gasket), finally found a guy that had been doing this for a long time and got it done



The truck is getting there, next time I'm home I'll get some updated pics and hopefully get the side windows finished

BTW, I have gotten rid of those 2 piece steel wheels, I picked up some 16x8 steels for $100 for the set, and I mounted my dad's 10 ply Firestones he had on his superduty
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nice! id love to have somethin like that to play around with. be somethin you can take huntin or off road and not worry about much
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nice! id love to have somethin like that to play around with. be somethin you can take huntin or off road and not worry about much
Exactly, that's why I didn't want to spend a lot money on the paint job
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Nice project! I hope to find something similar someday!
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Nice job man. Keep up the great work. I like the paint, looks like Allis Chalmers Orange.
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Nice job man. Keep up the great work. I like the paint, looks like Allis Chalmers Orange.
Actually, the pics make it look orange. The camera I used is a POS.

The color is fire engine red. ACTUAL fire engine red.

The fleet paint I bought is what I used to paint fire trucks and ambulances.
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Thanks for the compliments guys, I'm really anxious to get this thing done and put it through its paces
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Sweet man! I love to see an old truck come back to life!
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Well I didn't make as much progress last weekend as I was hoping. Here's how it sits now



I got the grill inserts put in, after taking the screws and clips out of a junk truck



Here are just a few random shots I took. It still has a way to go






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Your trucks like my friends, Close to same color,i think the same barn,clean ect. But yours needs what his has under the hood. Few pics of his.



Weapon under the hood!



I want one just to have and play around with but i need to be rich for what i want!
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Love the old school iron. It would be awesome with a set of tall, skinny Boggers or other mud tire.
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Love the old school iron. It would be awesome with a set of tall, skinny Boggers or other mud tire.
I'm plannin on getting some, right now I just want to just get the truck done.

A lift and new tires will follow
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Love the old school iron. It would be awesome with a set of tall, skinny Boggers or other mud tire.
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Diggin the paint too, turned out great.
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^^ +1

I only WISH I had that kind of skill with a paint gun.
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Looking good man. I need to paint my grandpa's '76 this summer whenever I get time.
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Any progress with this?

If you could find some reasonably priced red oak for the bed it would look sweet!
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The only update right now is that window and window weatherstripping is in. I didn't get any pics of that.

I'm try to figure out how to fix the fan control switch since for some reason the plugs don't match, I think I'll end up soldering them together.

I'm gonna be getting a vinyl floor relatively soon and new screws to mount the passenger side door latch.

I should get a lot done over Christmas break
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thats a pretty sweet truck. whats the latest update on this thing, any new pics to share?
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I was just about to bump this thread. lol
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I don't have any updated pics yet. I spent my spring break replacing bearings in our JD manure spreader. and replacing axles seals in the JD 50.

Plus the battery needs to be replaced before I drive it. But I did change out the 28 year old oil. After the interior gets finished I'll probably replace the brakes, I've heard that even though it sits, the fluid does need to be changed after a long time
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You ever finish this?
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Sort of, the truck is driveable.

I need to put the door seals in, I was too busy of Christmas to do it. Once those are in there are only a couple of interior pieces left to put in.

I can easily finish it this summer, once I graduate I can put more time in on it
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Truck is now for sale. It's not that I can't finish it, I just don't have time, I got a job 2 hours away so working on it is difficult. I'm going to use the money to put towards my wedding in May.

I hate to see it go, but it's taking up a lot of room in my dad's garage, and if I can find him another farm truck I can use his 76 Chevy as my next project
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if you weren't so far I'd have this beast sitting in my uncles garage! fawwkkkk
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Wow, that was quick. I posted the craigslist ad right before I posted here and I already have a buyer coming to look at it
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