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84 Ford River Rat
« on: June 29, 2010, 07:31:27 PM »
I picked up an 84 Ford pick up from my neighbor for 500 bones. Heres what it looked like when I drug it home.


I put a battery in it and tryed to fire it up and it ran like crap! I found water in the carberator and in the fuel tank. I installed a 10 gallon fuel cell in the bed for now. It runs but not great good enought to get stuck in the back yard. So I welded the rear end up and tested it out.

I took it down to the river and only got one shot of it just sitting. It did ok but carb needs to be thrown away. I have been tinkering here and there, and took the bucket seats out and installed a bench seat and put seat belts in it. I got bored the other night and was tired of seeing only half the trim on the truck so I took it all off. I have been going over it and fixing little things as I find them. I took the receiver hitch off because it hung down too far.  I also put mesh screen over the roof from the windshield to the rear roll bar. I took the doors off today and it seams to fit me much better now. I then had to see how far I could go on the RTI ramp before it felt like it was going to flop, seems like it will go until it flops! It feels alot different than the Zuk did but I'm getting used to it.




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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2010, 07:41:00 PM »
Thats a good deal bro wuts your plans for it?

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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2010, 08:19:50 PM »
Thats a good deal bro wuts your plans for it?

I just got it to take to the river and do lite wheeling. It runs pretty good minus the carberator. It has a 302 and a standard with the granny low. It has 3.45 gears in the diffs but in 4low it crawls slow with the 31's that are on it now. I wanted to build a rock crawler again but funds are REALLY low right now so this will have to do for now. I have two 35's and need two more to stuff under it and then it's gonna get a simple cage.
« Last Edit: June 30, 2010, 06:17:45 AM by rockzilla »
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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2010, 05:11:01 AM »
Im not Ford fan but interested to see where this is gonna go. With your past rigs im sure it will turn out to be a top notch rig.
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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2010, 06:19:42 AM »
Im not Ford fan but interested to see where this is gonna go. With your past rigs im sure it will turn out to be a top notch rig.
Me neither I usually try to stay away from Fords! I'm kind of interested to where the build will lead also!
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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2010, 08:09:46 AM »
nice to see you started a build thread chuck.  i'm sure you will have this pig in pretty good shape soon enough. 
just all bad luck at this point.  whatever is the worst that can happen will

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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2010, 08:32:53 PM »
I got a 4412 two barrel Holley from a guy at work and rebuilt it today. I got it all bolted on tonight and it runs great and doesn't seam to stutter or crap out at any angle I can get it at around the yard.
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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2010, 04:31:46 PM »
I was bored today and was real tired of looking at the crappy rusty, faded blue silver paint and painted the Ford old Caterpillar Yellow. I need to finish it but took a couple pictures.

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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2010, 08:31:27 PM »
That color goes really good on that Ford, nice choice.

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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2010, 09:11:05 PM »
i had diarrhea that color a few times :flipoff:
just all bad luck at this point.  whatever is the worst that can happen will

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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2010, 10:31:08 PM »
It's weird in the pictures it looks like the color of a school bus but standing next to it, it's a brighter yellow.
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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2010, 04:45:26 AM »
Well you'll never get lost in the desert. That color definitly stands out!!
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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2010, 08:55:53 AM »
did you spray it?  from the pics it loooks pretty good.  did you do any prep to it?
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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2010, 03:07:24 PM »
I used a roller and did very little prep/sanding!
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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2010, 05:22:38 PM »
well it looks good and for what you are using it for i would say its perfect
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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2010, 09:30:37 PM »
I finished it up tonight and it's perfect for getting beat up!
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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2010, 04:23:18 PM »
I was bored today and was real tired of looking at the crappy rusty, faded blue silver paint and painted the Ford old Caterpillar Yellow. I need to finish it but took a couple pictures.




That is the color I was going to paint my dually and K5! Looks nice!
It ain't broke, so I don't have to fix it.... It ain't finished, so I can't break it!!

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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2010, 07:10:15 AM »
I haven't done a lot to this other than little stuff. I painted flames on the front. I should have my new 35X 12.50 15 Maxxis Bighorns today or tomorrow :dance: then I'll need to cut whatever they hit! I think I'm gonna dovetail and maybe bob the bed after it drug on everything Saturday while wheeling.
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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #18 on: July 26, 2010, 11:10:52 PM »
looking good man,  you wont be hiding from anyone on the trails.
If what im doing doesnt kill me, its only preventing the inevitable.

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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2010, 07:09:18 AM »
looking good man,  you wont be hiding from anyone on the trails.
If I wheel in a fire you'd never see me! :lmao:
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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2010, 06:18:04 PM »
Does this thing have a solid front axle, or the twin I-beam?
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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #21 on: July 27, 2010, 06:49:35 PM »
Does this thing have a solid front axle, or the twin I-beam?
It has the TTB 44 I beam crap :( but I'm looking for a high pinion Dana 44 to swap into it. :thumbsup:
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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #22 on: July 30, 2010, 09:37:16 PM »
I got my new tires today they are Hankook Dyna Pro M/T 35X12.50R15. I got them all mounted up and had to cut about three inches out of the fenders to clear them.





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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2010, 09:39:13 AM »
looks good chuck.  what size were those other tires?  the 35's look bitchin'
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Re: 84 Ford River Rat
« Reply #24 on: July 31, 2010, 05:53:11 PM »
My olds ones were 31's. These tires are pretty cheap but are soft and bite like crazy!
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