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#16 David Brown OFFLINE  

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Posted June 10, 2014 - 09:55 PM

I wouldn't worry too much.  Everybody moves up now and then.  Seriously, I had an 89 F150 with a 302 and, as much of a dog as the 302 is, that thing could pull anything.  I pulled an ambulance up my neighbor's driveway (winds up hill through the woods and his driveway was snow covered) so they could get his daughter tended to and I pulled an older truck (just happened to be a Chevy) sideways up a hill to get him turned enough to get him out of the ditch.  No, they don't get down the road too good with a trailer but they will pull a house over if they have to.  Every make has its problems but Ford has been the best for me by far.



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Posted June 11, 2014 - 05:37 AM

Hope you and your son  enjoy your time together working on this , it should be a nice first ride for him



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Posted June 11, 2014 - 07:47 AM

I love these responses :thumbs:  :D

 

I know the 302 back then was a little gutless, it already has some SS header son it, going next week probably and have some dual catback tailpipes put on it, cat has already been gutted by PO as it clogged. I think it has slightly larger tires than stock which doesn't help. Rear gears are 3.55 I think, I am not sure the ratio of 1st or 2nd in the tranny. I have read a newer tranny out of an F150 will direct swap and has lower 1st and heavier duty than they one in it now sooooo, if it ever breaks, may go that route. The boy wants larger tires so both diffy gears may need changed to get the power band back up.

 

KC9KAS- now that's funny right there!

 

Alan- nice :thumbs:  and Chevys are usually running too :poke:

 

Brian- it's actually tinkling down it's front leg as it's scared being next to a Chevy!

 

Mrs Deere- It's got the twin beam with front coils and rear leaves. I think a lot of the ride issues are due to the front radius arm bushings being shot and let front end move around and the rear has soft springs and I think passenger rated tires. If son lifts it, it will get new stiffer front springs and proabably an add a leave to lift the rear stiffening the whole suspension. I know the rear springs don't like the tongue weight of my trailer, it sags a 2-3" when I hitch it up.

 

 

I will add I ahve had my share of both Frods and Chrysler. My wife was a Ford person, her dad worked for Ford for 45 yrs so I married into them. Her first ws an 85 Escort, then a 92 Topaz, both were decent little cars. Then we bought new a 96 Ford Ranger-Splash and 98 Escort ZX2. While decent vehicles, some of the engineering on them was retarded. Who would mount the oil filter directly over the starter so when changing the filter, it soaked the starter? Seriously, I hated working on them.

 

We have also own 3 different Jeeps. 80 CJ5, 94 Cherokee, and the 05 Liberty. Of course the CJ was old school and a rust bucket, but easy to work on and fun. The Cherokee developed an engine noise at 65K , we only had it 4 months and the Liberty, well it's just a pile of garbage, I am always fixing something on it.

 

Do I work on my Chevys, of course! The Tahoe has actually been my worst and not made it as long as al the rest, replaced transfer case @ 122K cause PO put in wrong fluid, used motor @ 132K cause cam went bad and now the tranny snapped at 141K. I will say though, I will keep going with my Chevys, they are the easiest to work on and for me, the most reliable!

I am currently waiting for something major to to go wrong with the Libby, it makes weird noises on start up, only has 94K on it. Not really a rod knock, but some rapid clicking or knocking on startup. not sure it's it's a pump or what....just have to wait I guess

 

I do knock JD also, I've worked on 4 separate tractors in the last 2 yrs, they seems complicated to work on and parts are expensive. The one on the trailer is our church trim mower LX133, the steering is stripped and motor sounds like it's going to drop a valve so I have to tear steering apart and also adjust valves. Our big grasshopper is down too again, bearings in the rear caster wheels finally went, but I had been watching them, it was a matter of time.


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Posted June 11, 2014 - 09:00 AM

        Thanks Tahoe, it was just a gentle reminder for the safety of your son--- I have considerable experience with sons, ( and their Dad, lol) and the importance of that first truck. It seems limits have to be pushed in discovering how fast, how steep a climb, how deep the mud, how sharp the corner, etc.. I'm sure you get my drift.  Of course I've never , ever, pushed my luck :rolling:  :rolling:  :rolling:



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Posted June 11, 2014 - 10:05 AM

        Thanks Tahoe, it was just a gentle reminder for the safety of your son--- I have considerable experience with sons, ( and their Dad, lol) and the importance of that first truck. It seems limits have to be pushed in discovering how fast, how steep a climb, how deep the mud, how sharp the corner, etc.. I'm sure you get my drift.  Of course I've never , ever, pushed my luck :rolling:  :rolling:  :rolling:

 

Yea, we never have pushed the limits have we :angel:  :bigrofl:

 

I know he will push it, but I've tried to explain to him the end results. he already knows he gets as ticket he pays for it, if he gets his license suspended from juvie court, he gets that much time added on after from us.

I told him how I did 130mph in my 72 cutlass over I-71 bridges in Lebanon Ohio when i was 18 yrs old just explain to him how stupid I was. These bridges are probably 400-500' long and 250' tall over a river. Blown tire and I could've been gone.

Thankfully he is very cautious and has a good head. He even lost points on his drivers test cause he waited too long to do his turns. :D


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