View Full Version : Jons '76 6 door F-250 build

10-08-2007, 01:24 AM
well its seems like these old fords are making a comeback (or maybe they never left) but it seems like they are pretty popular in this thread so i thought i would just add in some pictures of my truck. my build up is already done, took about a year and a half, so there wont be much suspence on what i am doing next. all the pictures are in sequence from when i first picked it up to what it is now.

first day i got it home

First thing i did was replace the core support. the old one was pretty bad.
new (to me, $30 at pick-a-part)

within a few days... sawzall baby.

The rear crew cab section i got from pick a part for $200 including doors.

got it up on the frame.

had to section the box to make the new cab fit

everything back on the frame, but no rear wheel well yet

fabing the rear wheel well into the cab and doors

Cab finished. just sprayed with rock guard.

my 53" michelins beside my truck. i opted to sell them and go with 46's. they were just too heavy. at about 400 lbs each i had a feeling d60's and regular crossover steering were just too weak.

The next step for the 6 door was to completely tear it down and rebuild everything. starting with building a tent in my backyard to undertake the project. make fun of me all you want but i only have a little 2 car garage(which my parents use) and i couldnt build it in the driveway cuz it was december and ready to snow. i made a level platform out of pallets and plywood, and made a frame out of 1 3/8 steel tubing, and covered it with princess auto tarps. it cost about $400 for everything once it was done.

i didnt take many pictures of disassembly but here are the few i did take.

welded the 4 link and coilover brackets on the diffs and frame, and filled in all the holes in the frame i didnt need.

the frame now in the garage after sandblasting and paint
rolling chassis now assembled with painted axles and link bars

Painted tranny, engine and transfer case on the rolling chassis. note my engine hoist. thanks mom!

time for the cab to be put back on the frame. thanks to jamie krebs for helping me out with his crane
Putting the engine together

Starting to come together now..

Basically done now. bought some 44's on beadlocks but ended up selling them and going with the 46's.

Beside my little truck.. 1990 mazda b2200 body dropped, air bags, 4 linked, roller 302 out of a cobra stang, custom fabbed caddy grill with jeep grand cherokee headlights.
now with the baja claws
having fun with it..
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10-08-2007, 01:45 AM
Sick truck dude, I always loved it.. Awesome to see the build. Tonnes of work, your a Talanted guy

10-08-2007, 02:25 AM
Was looking at ur truck lots when u were tring to sell it by the highway and u did a sweet job buddy. But the brackets on the axles were way under built they are bent and to small meterial. U did some awsome fab work and thats cool u did it out side. Did u ever sell it

10-08-2007, 03:32 AM
I seen that sick ride up for sale in westbank in the summer.

Lot of hard work really paid cuz thats a one of a kind monster.

I think it needs to be pimped out more with 54" boggers .......do it!

10-08-2007, 09:47 AM
Was looking at ur truck lots when u were tring to sell it by the highway and u did a sweet job buddy. But the brackets on the axles were way under built they are bent and to small meterial. U did some awsome fab work and thats cool u did it out side. Did u ever sell it

yeah im redoing all the brakets this winter..
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10-08-2007, 10:15 AM
thats sick man, the mazda... not so much. but hey i dont like lowered trucks so maybe thats why. ive never seen the ford though, maybe i need to get out more.

10-08-2007, 11:12 AM
Looks great , but truck that size leaves the door to up sizing
wide open ! how you make out front diff ?

Explorer guy418
10-08-2007, 11:24 AM
awesome build man. looks good

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10-08-2007, 11:26 AM
Thanks for posting your build man you did a amazing job i cant wait to see where you go from here with it.[cheers]

10-08-2007, 12:31 PM
real nice build looks awesome
that thing is huge
the 6 door cab makes it real unique[36]

10-08-2007, 12:49 PM
Yuo looks great man. I love the pics. What's the next project an 8 door h2:D

Explorer guy418
10-08-2007, 02:31 PM
is it still up for sale?

10-08-2007, 02:50 PM
that thing is dope

10-08-2007, 05:20 PM
Where you get you coils with the shocks in them and how much

10-08-2007, 07:02 PM
Where you get you coils with the shocks in them and how much

they are Fox Racing pro series 2.5 coilovers with resivoirs. they have 14" of travel. with coils and shipping they run about $1000 CND a corner. i got them from a mailorder in the US.
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10-08-2007, 08:20 PM
Wow what an awesome undertaking, nice job man. [cheers] Thanks for sharing the pictures and story.

muddy mud skipper
10-08-2007, 09:22 PM
i love both your trucks!!!!!!hope to see u up at postill some time,get a better look at it[cheers]

10-08-2007, 10:26 PM
cool buildup dude what kinda breakage or issues have you encountered since ya did it

10-09-2007, 12:31 AM
hey man i remember your truck up at may long i was driven a red 76 f250 with boggers and beadlocks i vagually remeber chating about the 390 and 4 speed in your truck with ya, i was running the same thing .i found with the 4spped that you have to clutch it way to much. enyways man awsome to see a build up like that [cheers]

10-09-2007, 09:02 AM
cool ...

10-09-2007, 10:05 AM
cool buildup dude what kinda breakage or issues have you encountered since ya did it

well first day out (friday may long)i ripped the steering box off the frame, because i didnt weld gussets on the tabs it was mounted on. got a generator from work and my welder and fixed it saturday morning.. no biggy. next day the d60 outer axle shaft decided to twist in half, so i only had rear wheel drive and got stuck in the mud. other than that its been good. oh and when i was breaking in the cam i guess one of the lobes didnt get enough oil and chewed it right down. thanks to comp cams i got a new cam and lifters for free.[36]
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10-09-2007, 10:55 AM
sounds like its held up pretty good then for such a big truck thats great

Explorer guy418
10-09-2007, 10:52 PM
i dont want it but is it still up for sale?

10-09-2007, 11:16 PM
JONNY still remeber the day you told me you where gonna have the biggest truck at postil and me think ya right,and the day came when u brought me a picture and i nearly shat my self cause hell u where right,nice too see the build up do you still think the hardest part was graphing the wheel wells in?

10-10-2007, 12:04 AM
my first impression was what the hell was he thinking, then i saw the rest of the pics. dude that was a sweet idea and it looks amazing.

Explorer guy418
10-10-2007, 09:43 AM
sweet truck. i know 2 guys from postil one has 49's other has 50's im guessing there bigger..... i could be wrong. someone correct me if im wrong [cheers]

10-10-2007, 10:14 AM
i dont want it but is it still up for sale?

not right now but maybe next year after postil.. it will be alot more than this summer tho. im gonna be putting in a 428 stroker engine and all chromolly axles/spools/gears in the axles.. along with bigger tires.
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10-10-2007, 10:50 AM
That is some awesome work. Very nice truck!

10-10-2007, 07:35 PM
what a KOOL truck I saw it on the west side of the bridge in the summer when I went to see my brother and its a huge truck I wish mine was that big

10-10-2007, 08:15 PM
holy crap that things sweet congrats

10-12-2007, 09:43 PM

10-15-2007, 09:39 PM
yea that is one sweet truck for sure one of the coolest out there for sure. not biggest one tho 2 for sure on 49s another 2 on 46s and next year i know there will be 2 sitting on 54s forsure they all ready have them those are some huge tires i cant belive them.

11-07-2007, 10:43 PM
well i got my stuff in for the new front axle and i was wondering if anyone is experienced in setting up new ring and pinions. i just need the front done. if anyone in kelowna is able to help shoot me a pm and we can talk. ill pay 35/hr + beer. (i just got a keg for this weekend[36] )
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11-07-2007, 11:24 PM
Ok somebody has to ask, whats the deal with the Mazda? Whats it got for a motor? looks like it would be a fun little toy[36]

The Ford its pretty bad ass also:D

11-08-2007, 07:59 AM
haha yeah the mazda was a truck i built a few years ago. it was a ford 5.0 HO out of a 93 cobra stang. i switched it to dual carb setup, with about another $2000 into other stuff, cam, timing, ignition, headwork. it was also body dropped (which means cutting out the floor of the cab and box, dropping the cab down 3" past the floor and weldling in filler plates) and was on full air ride and had sheet metal bed inside and sheetmetal interior and a cadillac front end. took me over 2 years to build. ended up driving it twice and selling it for less than 1/2 of what it cost. oh well.
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12-05-2007, 08:25 PM
so within the last month or so, i took out the low pinion d60 and sold it and im now building a 79 f350 high pinion d 60. here are some rusty pics of when i picked up the fully operational core for $1000[36] and ripped everyting out of it. then i welded all the new 4 link mounts and shit on and got the spool and new gears put in. the knuckles are bead blasted and ready for assembly as soon as i get some time, as well as the the new hubs with new rotors, chromoly 35 spline yukon axles in and out, kingpin rebuild kits, and 35 spline hubs. hopefully it should be assembled and ready to go in the truck by x mas. then comes the rear axle...

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12-05-2007, 09:24 PM
Bling Bling, hopefully you got some hydraulic cylinders lined up cause that thing is gonna be a beast to steer.:eek:

12-05-2007, 11:52 PM
actually, when i had it at postil last year, the steering was really good. i could easily turn the wheel lock to lock with one finger even with the truck stoped in one spot. i was really suprised.
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12-06-2007, 02:17 AM
Hey John the new axle looks awsome. Nice job on the brackets man shouldnt have any problems with them now. Is that a spool in the front ?

12-06-2007, 03:54 AM
looks cool..but you guys put such big tires one those diffs..do you ever have problems breaking shit?

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12-06-2007, 03:39 PM
Wicked build man, I love the fab work, everything looks so clean and thought out. Spool in the front eh? Pretty hard core! Where did you find the older 60? They have quite a bit more tube room on the drivers side, the newer ones dont give you a lot of space to work with.

parcy jones
12-06-2007, 10:18 PM
guy, thats intense. looks like alot of work. keep it up.

12-09-2007, 07:38 PM
what do you do for employment ?

12-10-2007, 12:46 AM
right now, residential construction, mainly hardi siding and soffit. only because its the only thing that pays in kelowna. but i do have my welding C ticket and steel fabrication. im going back for my B in jan or feb whenever the next intake is. ive been on the B list for over 2 years, so after i finish B and pressure im gonna get outta here and make some money.
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12-10-2007, 09:15 PM
odd. i was getting offers from greg to take the B ticket or the fab course, can't remember which, almost for every intake.

i got a few more months till i am finished my carpentry and then same, heading out to make some nice money

12-11-2007, 03:08 AM
it must have been fab. i took my fab at bcit like 4 years ago. way before ouc stared it. ouc only started offering fab like 1.5 years ago and it was a really slow start so they were asking everyone to go into it.just to fill up the class. my buddy took it and the class was only like 2/3 full. and B has always had a waiting list so unless your super buddy buddy with greg i cant see him offering out seats in a class with huge wait list. its because they only run 2 B at time (morning and afternoon) but run like 6 C classes (3 morning 3 afternoon) and pretty much everyone that finishes C puts thier name on for B.
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12-11-2007, 11:09 AM
care to explian how you did mount over the driver side spring mount ?
Looks like no weld on the cast iron , how will is that right side biting
, holding onto the mount ?

12-11-2007, 04:19 PM
thats sick man, the mazda... not so much. but hey i dont like lowered trucks so maybe thats why. ive never seen the ford though, maybe i need to get out more.

i think that mazda is pretty sweet. and im no lowrider fan. sweet build. lets see the toyota now

12-11-2007, 06:07 PM
care to explian how you did mount over the driver side spring mount ?
Looks like no weld on the cast iron , how will is that right side biting
, holding onto the mount ?

If you look closely at the picture, the left side of the mount is welded and gusseted onto the tube and on the right side, the top and bottom mount are connected with 2 pieces of steel cut into a C that are 3/8" thick. the top mount has a flat bottom to sit on the spring mount and the bottom is round and contoured to the round bottom of the diff. its basically like a welded in U bolt connecting the 2 sides together. i ran it last year with no problems on my last axle. i just cut it off and welded it back on the new axle.

as far as the toyota, its my daily driver till spring then im gonna put it up on blocks and start the solid axle and 4wd swap. im rebuilding the axle and t case this winter so its ready to do in the spring. here is a pic of it. its in the back ground. i did the cab and everything subaru blue with silver ghost flames and im just gonna do the body work and piant on the box when i have it in the garage.

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12-20-2007, 03:12 PM
here are some pics of getting the front axle built and put in the truck...

New everything :)
Full circle snap rings bitches:cool: inners and outers.
30 spline factory shaft
35 spline 4340 shaft
New hubs, rotors, bearings, seals, gaskets... everything but the housing, knuckles and spindles are brand new on this bitch.
Finally got it in the truck.

My truck can go from this


To this in about an hour:happy0045: Gotta love coilovers and 4 link..

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12-20-2007, 03:55 PM
No hysteer? Gotta get high steer or even full hydro steering on there. Looks wicked!

12-20-2007, 04:45 PM
No hysteer?

umm yeah..:confused0006:
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12-20-2007, 05:07 PM
umm yeah..:confused0006:

he ment for ur tie rod that about 14" off the ground u have high steer but a double arm set up will get the tierod off the ground and above the diff as well ... ;)

12-20-2007, 05:46 PM
What i meant is u have crossover steering right now. That lower tierod is just begging to get smashed out on a rock or someother hidden object in the mud. Looks good though.

12-20-2007, 07:16 PM
nice 4x4

12-20-2007, 08:23 PM
yeah ill prolly make another arm and tie rod this winter and stick it up there. i just wanted to get her all together.:cool:
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12-24-2007, 11:06 PM
wow that is god dam amazing

12-25-2007, 05:24 PM
Haha I just realized I have a bunch of pictures of your truck that I took at maylong! Beautiful ;)

12-26-2007, 06:55 PM
reall? can you email them to me? Jonny_denim@hotmail.com
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12-26-2007, 08:01 PM
whats the ready rod for?

12-26-2007, 09:11 PM
Ok i was thinking about 4 linking my bronco, but what i was wondering why did you mount the links over the leaf spring mount when you could have moved them out towards teh wheel more and welded them totally to the axle tube? is there a reason they have to be closer to the pumpkin on the drivers side? i have a picture with a red marks showing where i would like the mount, is there a reason it wouldnt work, cause i have seen allot of people do it the way you did.. good job on that truck man its super nice!




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12-26-2007, 09:26 PM
I'm just gonna take a shot in the dark here, I think he did his link mounts firther in that the norm to maybe clear some big ass rubber when turning say to lock.......just a guess......noting tht pic was taken with what is probably considered a stock sized tire......or close to it

12-26-2007, 09:34 PM
I'm just gonna take a shot in the dark here, I think he did his link mounts firther in that the norm to maybe clear some big ass rubber when turning say to lock.......just a guess......noting tht pic was taken with what is probably considered a stock sized tire......or close to it

well that makes sense, but what about putting bends in the links for tire clearance, like they do with bronco radius arms?


12-27-2007, 01:47 PM
there are a few reasons...one reason is because it would have been too close to the coilover and may have hit when it flexed. the main reason is because i wanted to keep all the link bars straight and running in line with the frame and the left link bars parallel with the right ones.
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12-27-2007, 03:42 PM
here are some pictures of the hour and a half transformation. the reason i did this is so i can drive on the street and off road.

the lower on road driving height


rear coilovers cranked up


Fronts up


Rear tires on


fronts on

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12-27-2007, 04:12 PM
should get some 38-40s and street drive it

12-27-2007, 04:28 PM
yeah im thinking more like 35-37's for the road.
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12-27-2007, 11:43 PM
yeah im thinking more like 35-37's for the road.

How do your panhard bars adjust for the height differences?

12-28-2007, 09:28 AM
How do your panhard bars adjust for the height differences?

they dont it will push the axle over to one side

12-28-2007, 09:41 AM
they dont it will push the axle over to one side

So is it pushed when jacked up or slammed to the ground. Hey johnny I was thinken that thing needs some like 24's and 37's for when your rolling around town with it all lowered.[36]

12-28-2007, 11:24 AM
yeah panhard bars suck for that. when the suspension compreses the axle gets pushed over to one side. with triangulated 4 link the axle travels perfectly vertical when the susp. compresses. the advantage to panhard bars(which is why i chose to do it) is that there is no bump steer becuase the panhard and the steering rod are at the same angle. with leafs or tri. 4 link, as the susp compresses the steering rod essentially gets longer and makes it steer one way or the other. and yeah i have the axle centered when it all the way up and it is offset for city driving. with the small tires its not that noticeable but the coilovers are at different angles like this |\ and on one side the tire is inside the body and on the other side about half the tire sticks out. althought if i wanted i could just unbolt and adjust the panhards when i drop it down to keep the axle centerd all the time. it took me about 30 minutes to do the other day.
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01-03-2008, 03:44 PM
the truck is under the knife again. took the rear axle out in about an hour and took it to truckworks to get the new gears and spool put in. they are also boring out the spindle so i can use the chromo dana 70 axle shafts i have.


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01-03-2008, 04:50 PM
:eek: FAWKEN COOL STUFF[36] Fair amount of funds spent on It i bet[36]

11-13-2010, 11:33 PM
just diggin up an old thread. soooooooo sick man. absaloutly love it.

11-14-2010, 08:22 AM
to bad its fucked now

11-14-2010, 09:43 AM
Yeah, what exactly happened to it that he decided to part it?

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11-14-2010, 10:06 AM
I beleive it was a "hey watch this" occasion.

11-14-2010, 07:26 PM
It was a....lets do a donut in the middle of the rd while i test my fuel repair......oops i'm on my side again.......wow three years in a row crashing at Apex......someone come winch me again!!!!!!

11-14-2010, 07:28 PM
The proof [cheers]

11-14-2010, 07:29 PM
i wish this was still around. so badass

11-14-2010, 07:34 PM
It might be...in a lesser form. He doesn't want to throw away the body so he was going to put leaf springs under it just to use it this winter.....last time i talked to him anyways......i say he should build a Jeep