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#1 Ryan313 OFFLINE  


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Posted June 19, 2014 - 05:29 PM

I told you guys I would post pictures of the truck I just got, so here it is. It is a 1996 F150 with a 5 speed m5r2 transmission and a 4.9l straight 6 engine. It has a 2.5 inch lift and 32" Kenda Kevlar MT tires, as well as some aftermarket suspension parts.








As you can see the front bumper is bent up and twisted. I am going to build a new bumper for it. Yesterday I got a 3/16" plate and cut out all of the pieces. I plan to make it look something like this one.



I do have one question, if I get manual locking hubs for the front, will I see an increase in mpg? I have heard it both ways ad I am not sure if they are worth getting or not. With the bigger tires I only get 13 miles per gallon, but the S10 got 11 miles per gallon so it is better then that. I am not looking to get 20 miles per gallon with manual hubs or anything, but even an extra 2-3 would be worth it, to me anyway.


The S10 was small, couldn't pull a trailer, small bed, rusted out, and lots of little problems; however, this truck is just the opposite. The trucks clutch slips when its under a load, so I will have to replace it, and while I do that I will change the oil pan gasket as it has a seep. Other then that, it is in great shape and I plan to have it for a while. Aside from the bumper I am going to price out some wheel spacers; if I steer to the knock the tires rub a little bit, and a trailer brake controller so I can pull my car trailer safely.


Since it is a '96 it should have a key for the doors, and a key for the ignition. When I picked it up he gave me one key and I asked if it was for both the ignition and the doors, he said yes. Do you see where this is going? Well, a few days later I locked my truck and of course the key did not fit the door locks! I had to have a tow truck driver I know come and unlock the door for me, luckily he didn't charge me since I know him. A new set of locks with a new key is about $20 online, I am going to order some in a couple days so I can lock my truck... without being locked out!

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Posted June 19, 2014 - 06:41 PM

My dad had the same truck as a 1995.  It was a nice ride.  I remember him pulling it out of the lot brand new.  I think I was 11 at the time.


It got a small lift and a set of bigger tires.  He drove it for a few years then gas went from like a 1.00 to 1.25 and he threw a fit and sold it.

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Posted June 19, 2014 - 06:51 PM

not really sure on the mileage savings, maybe 1 or 2 mpg , but it will reduce wear on the front end /driveline parts installing lock out hubs.  I would be cautious about putting spacers on the rims. if I understand what your thinking you want to push them out?  that would cause them to possibly hit other places , but more importantly the farther out you put the rims off center of king pins ,more wear/ stress you will  put on those parts. that is a common issue with oversized tires

 nice shape on the truck . I do like your idea / style for the bumper.  Tom 

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Posted June 19, 2014 - 07:11 PM

My 97 F250 ignition key unlocks both my doors.  That is when the door locks cooperate.

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Posted June 19, 2014 - 07:14 PM

Be careful, like GT's lifting trucks is also addicting my step son started with a 4" body lift in a 94 chevy and now has a 03 f350 with 8" of lift, nice truck I had a 87 f150 with the 6 bangger in it I loved that truck

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Posted June 19, 2014 - 08:05 PM

I got couple friends with 4.9 i6 engines. One has a 79 f150 with double barrel carb , 4 speed manual, and 33 inch tires and gets about 14. The other has a 94 f150 5 speed no lift and 31 inch tiresnd gets about 15.
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Posted June 19, 2014 - 08:34 PM

A good tune up might be better for gas mileage. I had an 85 lifted f150 but it had 302 got horrible mileage but gas was cheap in the late 90's
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Posted June 19, 2014 - 08:51 PM

I think Six was nicest engine Ford had in trucks. Not sure what the OD trans is??  I don't think locking hubs are way to go, for all the expense, and probly need to go deeper and get new spindles and maybe rotors and lots of things like that. You AREN"T going to get good gas mileage with this truck. That 5th gear IS your milage maker, but probly only good when empty I'm sure. Tires can be bought slightly smaller, or Big Hammer may fix some rubbing areas in not that big. :smilewink:

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Posted June 19, 2014 - 09:01 PM

   If you are concerned about mileage the first thing you should do is get rid of the suspension lift and put regular tires back on it.  About the only use I see for a lift kit in a truck is to look pretty at the stop light.  If you cant do it with the truck stock you are either doing it wrong or should not be doing it at all.  The wider tires and rims will add a huge amount of stress to the entire chassis system,  and with the way those mid 90's fords were you will be lucky to get a year out of your front end before you have to re-build it.

   The manual locking hubs will be a good addition to the truck but it will not effect the mileage much.  if you want to improve the mileage go for a tune up, then maybe a free flow exhaust, and a cold air intake.  that should get you mileage up around 17-18mpg.  My 2000 s-10 got around 14mpg when I got it, I put regular tires on it, a cold air intake, a stage one chip and an electric fan and now am getting 18+ regularly.  Good luck


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Posted June 19, 2014 - 10:16 PM

Putting an egg between your foot and go pedal will be the biggest way to save fuel. If you do not break the egg and feather the pedal you will do good. Mash it and you killed the MPG.
Short shift- shift at low rpm and let the engine torque roll you up to speed.
keep the speed down. It takes fuel to run at higher rpm s.
Keep the tires inflated to reduce rolling resistance. Get off the go pedal and roll up to stop signs and lights, down shifting pushes up the rpm s and uses more fuel.
If you want MPG it takes a different mindset. But one can enjoy the challenge.
I did all those things with my 96 S-10 2 wd. and it averaged 23 mpg year round . Winter was lower but summer was higher.

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Posted June 19, 2014 - 10:51 PM

I agree with the above. I am not an "aggressive" driver and get better mileage than my sons who always seem to have a heavy foot and a quick get away from a stop. Just sayin'.
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Posted June 20, 2014 - 12:04 AM

Nice truck, Ryan. I really love those Old Body Style Fords. My 1995 F250 has a key for the ignition and one for the doors. I had an alarm system installed on the truck and it has a key fob to unlock the doors. Good luck with your new truck.

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Posted June 20, 2014 - 01:14 AM

If your truck has the slave cylinder in the bell housing I would sugest changing that while you have the transmission out.It'll save you a headache later.I put a cluctch in a 95 ford w/a 302 and that's how his was set up.Chances are if you don't 2 months down the road it'll start leaking.

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Posted June 20, 2014 - 08:14 AM

Nice truck Ryan.  I hope you get good use out of it.


As the others have said, don't go heavy one the accelerator and you will get the best MPG.  I was told, and it seems to hold true, that the best key to good mileage is to keep the rpm's under 2,ooo.  That's what I usually strive for.  


For your age group, a lift kit is probably a cool thing.  For me, I like it stock.  Spend the $20,00 and get a decent lock set for yourself.  

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Posted June 20, 2014 - 05:26 PM

I would spend as little as possible on that truck right now. In a few short months, you won't see that thing for a long time. Why throw money at it? When you get back, you're going to have a whole new financial mindset, and will probably get something different.
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