I own a '93 F-150 with the fuel injected inline six 4.9 that I use as a beater truck. What an awesome engine. I bought mine from a local city utilities department 2 years ago with 245k miles on the clock and it still runs like new.
To give you an example of how indestructible that engine is, last year my wife had to drive it to work as her car was down. When she came home and turned into the driveway I heard the engine ticking all the way from the backyard, then I noticed oil all over the tailgate...uh oh. Long story short, she drove it for probably 10-20 miles with only 1 quart of oil in the engine (oil pressure sensor blew out of the motor while she was driving it and she had no idea)
. I replaced the sensor, put five more quarts into the engine, and after a few miles the ticking went away and she's been running great ever since. And I use this truck hard. It has even towed my 24x8.5 enclosed car hauler that weighs about 9,000 pounds loaded.
I love that story, thanks for sharing
Been doing some more work on the 150. I put in the new fuel tank and pump and it started right up! What a relief. It runs perfect and I haven't touched any "tune up" items yet. Putting in the tank was not complicated, but it was a pain because I was working underneath it in the dirt. And there was a bit of rust and dirt underneath the truck that would fall in my eyes every time I turned the wrench. Note to self, wear some glasses next time!
I took it for a drive around the property and was impressed by the power and the brakes. Not so much the steering. I have never seen two tie rods with as much play as these. They look seconds away from failure. Possibly why it was parked.
I took a few more "before" pics while I had it out.
After these were taken I replaced the wing window (very easy) and the left headlight assembly I got from the wrecking yard. Who knew there are different lights for different models? Well I do now.
Although I am embarrassed to admit it, it was not until the lights were completely installed and I stepped back to look that I noticed there was a chrome ring all the way around the lights on the left, and not so much on the right.
Luckily (?) the right side was cracked, so another trip to the wrecking yard later, I had a matching XLT light, a better grill and a center cap for the wheels.
I then rotated the tires and put the spare back up underneath. What a pain that is! I am not a fan of the way you have to lift the wheel, then put the eye bolt through and turn it. I had to have help.
I washed off the first layer of green slime, and vacuumed it out. I have much more cleaning to do.
I plan to replace the drivers door and the rear bumper. The door was bent a long ways backwards, the poorly repaired.
My plan was to remove the plastic bed liner, as I am not a fan of these. But because Grandpa used the truck to haul scrap metal, I am glad it was there. But also because he hauled scrap with it, he welded angle iron to the top of the bed rails. Sigh...
Does anyone know if you can straighten a plastic bed liner? If you look at the right side bed rail, you can see that the liner is bowed up along the top. There is the dent at the back of the bed, but I don't think it would affect the liner. I was thinking maybe I could clamp the liner down and use a heat gun?