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My F150 project.

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by 05RedTaco, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. Dec 17, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    05RedTaco [OP] Nom Nom Nom

    Sep 20, 2010
    First Name:
    2005 Tacoma 4.0L Acces Cab PreRunner
    Shortened antenna, ebay Intake, JBA long tube headers, 2nd set of cats cut out and straight piped, 14" Magnaflow muffler dumped before axle, relocated rear diff breather, Avid off road front bumper. Bilstein 5100's front and rear, OME 885x coils, Light Racing UCA's, 2" Toytec AAL, Hella 700ff lights, Falken Rocky Mountain AT/S 265/75/16 Load E 10ply, Blu Logic handsfree
    I picked up a 1994 F150 couple weeks ago. Paid $240 for it and just could not pass it up... It is regular cab XL with long bed, 4.9L I6 and Mazda 5 speed 2wd. It is a solid truck and runs great! This is my build thread as i get it fixed up and road worth it. No mods, just get it back to good shape!

    Purchase date; 11/29/2012

    Purchase Mileage; 189417

    Maintenance done within the last year of purchase;

    - new alternator
    - rebuilt radiator
    - new upper and lower radiator hose
    - new oil pan gasket
    - new lifter galley inspection gasket
    - new rear main seal
    - new brake pads
    - new driver side brake caliper
    - new brake line between front calipers
    - used leaf springs from junk yard
    - changed transmission fluid
    - new water pump

    Maintenance to be done after purchase;

    - replace non working radio – INSTALLED - $12
    - change oil & filter – 10w30 Penzoil was used – switch to 10w30 Castrol Syntec and OEM Ford oil filter - $35
    - change rear differential fluid
    - replace front coil springs (Moog CC824 F250 springs) – INSTALLED - $64.77
    - change spark plugs (BSF-44C) - $7
    - replace door handle on drivers side – INSTALLED - $5.99
    - replace broken license plate lights $6-9
    - replace burnt out light bulb in 3rd brake light GE921 - INSTALLED - $4.90
    - put in thermostat - $7.43 + cost of coolant do at the same time as heater core
    - repair parking brake cable - INSTALLED - $15
    - replace two broken vents - INSTALLED - $5
    - replace leaking slave clutch cylinder $50 + cost of transmission fluid
    - replace clock spring - $68.17
    - swap in a gauge cluster with tachometer – INSTALLED - $20
    - replace windshield wiper motor - $45
    - replace heater core - $28.81
    - get codes read check engine light comes and goes
    - replace broken driver side window trim – INSTALLED - $2.50
    - swap in sun visors from XLT truck – INSTALLED - $2.50
    - replace worn bushing on passenger side torsion arm
    - tires

    Now for some pictures;

    Broken front springs;


    Interior shots, the bench seat is in perfect shape!



    Engine shot;


    Replacing broken front springs, drivers side;



    Moog CC824 coil springs;


    Driver's side done;



    Truck tilted with driver's side new coil installed and passenger side with broken coil;



    Passenger side broken coil;


    New coil installed;


    All done!


    Next on the list is to change oil, oil filter, rear diff fluid, TTB bushing which is completely gone, then slave clutch cylinder. Thankfully parts are cheap and its my 2nd vehicle so I can work on it in my spare time and not rush anything...
  2. Dec 17, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    cmack Impeach Chris4x4!

    Jun 7, 2009
  3. Dec 17, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    2004TacomaSR5 Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2011
    First Name:
    2004 Tacoma DCSB & '79 Toyota Pickup 4WD
    I loved this body style of F series trucks, haven't really cared for any of the ones made since as far as looks go. Looks like a good truck, I am not really familiar with the 4.9, but if its anything like the old 300 six, you wont be able to kill it.
  4. Jan 2, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Mudfly Active Member

    Nov 24, 2012
    First Name:
    Wilmington NC
    The only thing that kills Ford F150's is rust and it killed two of mine. I just got rid of my 2001 F150 3 weeks ago. I was hoping it would last until spring instead of driving the new Tacoma in the salt this winter. But it was a case of a $500 truck needing $1200 of engine work and a body that was beginning to look like swiss cheese.

    The 1980 that preceded the 2001 lasted 20 years and over 300K miles, the 2001 barely made it 11 years and 209K miles
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