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    Can't believe it's been 12 years since I signed up. Many thanks to Ed and Pat and the rest of the brain-trust here for the wealth of knowledge and support.

    I have a little something going I thought I'd share. My grandfathers truck. The only new vehicle they ever owned. He was a general contractor and this thing used to have a pipe rack that weighed as much as the frigging truck...

    Anyway, the idea is to rebuild and beef up the ol Fe 360 and put a stroker together. Lose the 3 on the tree and replace with a built C6. Change steering column, add power steering, I recently added power brakes, yank front end twin I-beams and replace with an independent front suspension. Disc brakes all around, lower the stance, address the interior by adding some tunes, comfort.





    Roaddog





    Took motor to machine shop for sonic testing, mag test, hot tank and shot peening. No cracks but had some light pitting in two cylinders so had to overbore .040.

    Found a 428 Cobra Jet crank so had it prepped, polished, chamfered and most importantly, internally balanced so I could ditch the old hatchet balancer.

    All done.



    I had to beef up my phony little engine stand. The fe ford blocks are monsters...





    Ditched the 2bbl intake and went with GT 4 bbl.



    Set of H-beam rods. Nice thing about fe's, not usually any clearnce issues unless you're using a radical set of rods.







    Although the same on the outside, the i.d. is much different between the 360 neck and the 428CJ.







    not much weather this year so duck hunting has sucked. This is a nice distraction.

    Interior before dynamat





    Headliner out. Dynamat going in




    \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

  • #2
    great build. Nice way to keep your grandfathers truck and the memories of him alive.
    Rick Loszewski[br]Derry, NH

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    • #3
      wow awesome stuff! Great thread
      David, New Kent, Va[br]



      [br]Project Thread: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=21067[br]

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      • #4
        Nice Truck and great project!

        In my late teens I got my Grandfather's 1969 F-100. I replaced the inline 6 and 3spd transmission with a 351C and top loader 4spd. I converted to power steering as well. I bought the steering box, pump hoses and steering column out of a newer Ford. It was pretty simple to do.

        I had a lot of fun with that truck. Would love to have another.

        Good luck with the project.
        1974 Mako 23IB[br]Pittsgrove, NJ

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        • #5
          SWEET ! ! ! Nice project Greg [] It is a GREAT way to honor your family tree... [8D]
          Working for a livin\' is HIGHLY Over-Rated...[][br]

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          • #6
            [quote]Originally posted by grgrmouse





            What a great project and to have some history behind the vehicle.

            What did you go with for a cam?
            [br]Michael R. Delgado[br]1972 Mako 22[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15745[br]1976 Mako 25[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=18013&SearchTerms=mako,25[br]

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            • #7
              very cool project with history. What you started with looks like a well kept truck!
              1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog
              1985 Mako 20c - sold
              Fort Walton Beach, FL
              http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=42841

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              • #8
                Awesome project. Even with just the motor build it would have been great. And the 3 on the tree is the best anti theft device money can buy these days as these young thugs wouldnt have a clue LOL. Caint wait for more progress
                [br]1994 Mako 215 Dual console Optimax 225[br]1978 Mako 19 with 90hp johnson[br]1996 Mako 22[br]1982 Mako 171 Angler 135 Black Max Mercury[br]1987 21b 225 Yamaha[br]1974 23 inboard Gusto gone.[br]1979m21 225johnson \"blue dolphin\" bought off this board and restored [br]with everyone\'s help!!Gone but not Forgotten....[br]1979 20 Mako 115 Suzuki gone[br]1977 19 Mako 115 Johnson gone[br]1976 23 Mako twin 140 Johnsons gone[br]1983 224 with closed transom and bracket[br]And 162 SOB (some other boats)[br]Venice Florida, Traverse city Mi.

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                • #9
                  Very cool project. The power steering, power disc brakes all around, and front suspension should make that ole girl fun to drive. I understand getting rind of the old transmission, but my 1st car was 3 on tree and I loved driving it.

                  Thanks for sharing, and keep updating.
                  \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
                  \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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                  • #10
                    quote:


                    Originally posted by mrdelgado


                    [quote]Originally posted by grgrmouse





                    What a great project and to have some history behind the vehicle.

                    What did you go with for a cam?


                    Comp cams 268h kit
                    \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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                    • #11
                      quote:


                      Originally posted by michigan dave


                      Awesome project. Even with just the motor build it would have been great. And the 3 on the tree is the best anti theft device money can buy these days as these young thugs wouldnt have a clue LOL. Caint wait for more progress



                      So true. I was able to teach the kids to drive her though. []
                      \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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                      • #12
                        quote:


                        Originally posted by ChuckB


                        Very cool project. The power steering, power disc brakes all around, and front suspension should make that ole girl fun to drive. I understand getting rind of the old transmission, but my 1st car was 3 on tree and I loved driving it.

                        Thanks for sharing, and keep updating.



                        I did too Chuck but the horsepower is getting doubled from stock. No way to trust that little tranny, even built up, after the stroker upgrade...given my driving habits [8D]

                        My pop was not too happy I was changing over but I made him less pissed by keeping it in the shed.

                        My daughter was last to learn the old way, so I felt good bout the legacy at least.


                        \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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                        • #13
                          Motor is almost buttoned up.









                          Seam seal was rotted out so wire wheeled it and ordered oem stuff from Dennis Carpenter







                          Went and grabbed a crown vic front end.









                          A quick mockup. There's still lots of work to do prior to assembly. Plating the frame, reinforcing the bolt seats, fabricating the drag arms connections..etc.



                          Rear disc kits are in. Still have to run ebrake connections and all new hard lines, junctions. Probably going with a new master cylinder and adjustable proportioning valve for brake system




                          \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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                          • #14
                            Very nice! My first vehicle was a '78 F150. I helped a friend put a 360 from a '75 into his '77 and it would fly! The FE motors are tough but they sure are heavy. Why didn't you go with an aluminum intake manifold? That would have taken 50 lbs. off the front end!

                            I love classic Fords!
                            Nathan Floyd[br]1992 Mako 191[br]2006 Suzuki DF150

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                            • #15
                              quote:


                              Originally posted by GeorgiaPirate


                              Very nice! My first vehicle was a '78 F150. I helped a friend put a 360 from a '75 into his '77 and it would fly! The FE motors are tough but they sure are heavy. Why didn't you go with an aluminum intake manifold? That would have taken 50 lbs. off the front end!

                              I love classic Fords!



                              I didn't do aftermarket intake because I wanted to go stock equipment as much as possible. Yes, the intake is at LEAST 50 pounds.
                              \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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