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 Murraymountain's 1978 F-250

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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's 1978 F-250   Murraymountain's 1978 F-250 - Page 2 Icon_minitimeFebruary 9th 2022, 12:30 am

Welp, weather was nice and in the high 50s today and is supposed to be for the rest of the week so I finally was able to really get my teeth into this thing today lol. The exterior of the truck is pretty much all gone now besides the bumpers. Hopefully those come off tomorrow. Not any good pictures cause it was dark and stuff.

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Anyway, hoping to get the rest of the front clip off tomorrow. If I’m not too tired by then than maybe I’ll start getting the cab ready to be pulled. In case I didn’t say, I am going to frame with this and am going to have the frame sandblasted and repainted as well as having the body panels wet sanded and clear coated after the rust repair is done. Figure I might as well do all that while it’s apart. I plan to have the blasting and painting done as soon as I get the Troy Bilt sold. Should be one nice truck when she’s done!

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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's 1978 F-250   Murraymountain's 1978 F-250 - Page 2 Icon_minitimeFebruary 12th 2022, 9:06 pm

I explained why this is all happening in the last post, so here's the progress as of today... Only the two front cab mounts are holding the cab back from being pulled!

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Gonna have the frame and cab sitting side by side that way I can switch back and forth between working on the two. Pulling the motor/trans/transfer case is up next after the cab here!

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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's 1978 F-250   Murraymountain's 1978 F-250 - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMarch 5th 2022, 11:48 am

Welp, next little update… I went round and round getting the two front cab mounts out. I finally got them and they are salvageable I believe. They were just REALLY rusty. There was a mouse nest in both sides. Anyway, I had a friend come over to help us get the cab off. Turns out it was wayyy heavier than I perceived. We were able to get it off and move it with only 4 people, but it was a struggle. Next time we’ll have 6 lol. We pulled it all the way to the back of the frame and then went off from there. The plan didn’t go too well at that point. We put the back of the cab on the ground and it tilted back too fast for our control. It then ended up on it’s back. Luckily no damage. From there we tilted it on it’s side to get it past the frame. I laid a rag down to stop any damage from occurring if it went faster than intended. Well it did, and when it did the whole cab shifted and when it landed, the only visible part at the front of the cab hit the rocks first and got dented and scratched up. Not terrible but a little bit of a bummer. From there we were able to put the cab back on it bottom, pick it up, turn it, and then walk it over and set it on the bricks.

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So anyway, nothing major happened as far as damage goes. I did find that my transfer case is not connected to anything on one side and that is why my entire transmission would wobble when I gave it the beans.

Anywho, next up is stripping the cab completely and pulling the motor and trans.

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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's 1978 F-250   Murraymountain's 1978 F-250 - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMarch 7th 2022, 3:02 pm

yea from the looks of it my trucks much worse it needs cab mounts because the mounts on the cab are rotted off you can see the frame throught the floor of the cab
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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's 1978 F-250   Murraymountain's 1978 F-250 - Page 2 Icon_minitimeApril 29th 2022, 12:00 am

Welpers, little update here. I got the motor and everything completely disconnected and have the cab about 90% stripped. Just ordered up new Evilbay floor pans for it as I am planning on having it sandblasted in no more than 4 weeks. I mentioned 3 transaxles in the repair thread, and one of those are a FNR that will be going into the parts frame from the 3 Yard Machines I got for free in 2019. I plan on temporarily turning that thing into a roller and make it so that I can put the 351 on it so I can move it since I don’t have a engine hoist or stand.

Anyway, expect updates! Definitely gonna be working on it a little bit for the next few weeks!

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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's 1978 F-250   Murraymountain's 1978 F-250 - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMay 15th 2022, 1:32 pm

Got a lead on a hoist I can borrow. Not sure if I’m gonna go through with the MTD engine stand thing but we’ll see. Anywho, was able to get the windshield out!

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Finally got around to starting the rust repair yesterday! Got the back corner of the cab and most of the floor pans cut out. Just wrestling with separating the floor from the cab mounts. There’s spot welds all across it that no one ever talks about which makes it a pain to cut them out. Other than that there’s just a couple little holes that I gotta do a little cutting on and that should be all I need before I start welding in the new ones!

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All that’s left as far as stripping the cab goes is the seatbelts and a few little clips here and there and that’s about it. Once I get all the rust repair done I’ll have the inside blasted and resprayed. I’m thinking I’m gonna do 1 thick coat of paint and primer on the interior and firewall, and 2 coats of primer and 1 coat of paint on the underside. Not sure what clear coat looks like yet. For the frame I think I’m gonna do a metallic black. 2 thick coats of paint and primer and then when the whole truck’s done I’ll go for some rust preventive coat of something. Anywho, hopefully we’ll be done with rust repair in a couple weeks!

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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's 1978 F-250   Murraymountain's 1978 F-250 - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMay 15th 2022, 8:16 pm

Glad to see you making progress with the old girl!


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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's 1978 F-250   Murraymountain's 1978 F-250 - Page 2 Icon_minitimeNovember 5th 2022, 5:11 pm

Heh, so much for “hopefully we’ll be done with rust repair in a couple weeks.” However I did finally make a little more progress but nothing much. Got the rest of the cab completely stripped for sandblasting. The only thing that may need to be taken out is the brake light switch but that’s it. I finally had a spare day to get out my new spot weld cutters and new drill and have at it. It was a fight but I finally got the rest of those stupid floors up and out.

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I started roughly cutting the new floor for the driver side into shape too and got one of two pieces I’ll need to rebuild the back seam. I haven’t done much more aside from attempting to pull the drain plugs on the coolant for a freeze coming. I got one side out but ruined the other one and the freeze happened with it not drained so hopefully it’s okay. It is in the plans to pull the engine this week one way or another and take it to the college I’m at and we’re gonna completely rebuild it there and it’s gonna help me complete the class and free labor. So it’s a win win win. Next semester we may do a thorough inspection of the trans and transfer case.

As far as when I’m getting it sandblasted I have no idea. The thing with that is that will be the heaviest, committed, crucial time for the whole restoration. I have to have all the paint on hand and ready to go the second the frame and cab gets done with the blasting and then spray it all and have a place indoors to put it as soon as it drys. It will be intense. I may be able to split it up between the frame and cab and do it twice to cut back on the intensity but we’ll see. I need to flip a couple vehicles before I’ll be ready for sandblasting. But anyway, there’s my little update for y’all!

Also, a year ago today is the day I got this ol’ gal!

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