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Old 12-11-2012, 07:08 PM
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Exclamation 1979 F350 w/ 99-03 7.3L and ZF6, What do ya think?

Hi there everybody, this is my first post ever, so bear with me lol. I am planning to build a 1979 F350. And first off i dont wanna just slap this thing together. I have found a rust free, gutted cab for $200, and a front clip for $150. I would like to make this thing look like it just rolled out of the factory (minus the fact that i want to put moto metal 950's on it and it will be lighted up to the gills) I will be using this truck for show and work. and maybe to intimidate a few ricers along the way. Here is what my plan is:
Chassis: Fully custom built frame, built to the cab and motor,
Drivetrain: NBS 7.3L fully rebuilt with an Empire Diesel Procharger, ARP Head studs, upgraded intercooler, 125 hp injectors from industrial injectrion, AFE stage 2 air intake, Air dog II fuel system, 4 or 5 inch Dymond eye, and an Edge Evo Programmer,
Tranny will be a ZF6, (preferably rebilt, if its possible) and a dual disk SB clutch. It will have custom built drive lines, but im kinda lost when it comes to axles, I would like somethin like the dodge with the automatic hubs, but i would like to stick to ford parts.
Please give me some insight, ideas and comments are prefered
Thanks,
Jake
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:23 PM
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procharger? i've assumed you've talked with them and you realize how much $$ that alone will cost you?
125hp injectors? i'd do alot more research here. hybrids will be what you need to look for. depends on what empire suggests.
Tuneing with Edge Evo? you better search custom tuned chips.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:27 PM
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what would you recomend? im just lookin for some ideas, the procharger is just somethin i have heard is an amazing product, it was either that or stage 1 compounds from BWD, and yes i understand the cost of both of em, it will be a work in progress for a very long time
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:33 PM
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depending on funds: just build up a single charger motor that either puts down 550+ show truck that will race down the track,tow, and blow by some ricers. Alot of good threads of hp builds
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:35 PM
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ok thanks for the suggestion. What about Injectors?
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:39 PM
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depends on what size of charger your going to get. i'd suggest a T4 style charger. that way you can run numerous sizes of chargers for whatever need you want. definately decide on hp goal and how your going to actually use it. then go from there
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:41 PM
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these threads are from powerstrokearmy.com if you join up there, you'lll definately find answers

How to make 400 - 500 RWHP 7.3L - PowerStrokeArmy
How to make 600 - 700 RWHP 7.3L - PowerStrokeArmy
How to make a 800 and up RWHP 7.3L - PowerStrokeArmy
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dodge axles are compleate garbage with a vacuum actuated 4wd.
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While your idea to make the truck is an awesome one, your plan to get there is lacking... keep researching.
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I would start with a running/driving F250/350 '99-'03 truck, complete with suspention and axles... then just swap your cab onto that chassis. Then once you have a running driving truck, mod it from there. As long as you start with a chassis that matches your cab/bed combo, it should work, with just having to build custom body mounts.

Don't get me wrong, I love my 6sp man trans red truck... but for racin' ricers, you might want to concider an auto trans, the man trans is hard to shift quick, and the auto will just power on thru the gears, it's quicker. But since I don't do that, I wish all my trucks, even the wife's excursion, were 6sp's!

Edit: and just to add... yeah, do some more reading... not putting you down, but there's thousands of very informative posts here on this site, I've learns LOADS over the years just reading thru them. Using the search function will bring up some old ones that will shead light on things you want to know.
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