79 f350 4WD

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79 f350 4WD

Post #1 by farmersawyer » Thu May 03, 2012 3:19 pm

Did Ford produce a four wheel drive F350 dual wheel truck (budd type wheel) in 1979?

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Re: 79 f350 4WD

Post #2 by bubba22349 » Thu May 03, 2012 4:07 pm

I do think they were built and seen one many years ago at a wrecking yard. I don't know if it was org. or if he (the yard owner) built it from parts.
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I am still hunting for a project car to build but with my current low budget it's not looking so good. My Ex- Fleet of Sixes these are all long gone! :bang: 1954 Customline 223 3 speed with O/D, 1963 Fairlane project drag car with BB6, 1977 Maverick 250 with C4, 1994 F-150 a 300 with 5 speed.

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Re: 79 f350 4WD

Post #3 by greg_a_morton » Thu May 03, 2012 4:16 pm

Yes in 79 is when they started making them. Look on ebay from week to week and you will see one every now and then. Highly sought after and go very high in good shape.
1967 mercury 350 International 7.3 IDI ats turbo kit c6 gear vendor overdrive 3.73s rolling on 19.5s
1971 f100 body on 1979 f350 frame 460 c6 dana 60s 3.54s dually
1974 f100 longbed baby blue & rust 240 3 speed 3.70s sitting on the ground!
1990 f250 extcab xlt lariat efi 460 e40d 3.55s daily driver
and 1 Bump parts truck.
Possibly looking for my next bump or dent right now!

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Re: 79 f350 4WD

Post #4 by bubba22349 » Thu May 03, 2012 5:50 pm

A bad day Drag Racing is still better than a good day at work!

I am still hunting for a project car to build but with my current low budget it's not looking so good. My Ex- Fleet of Sixes these are all long gone! :bang: 1954 Customline 223 3 speed with O/D, 1963 Fairlane project drag car with BB6, 1977 Maverick 250 with C4, 1994 F-150 a 300 with 5 speed.

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Re: 79 f350 4WD

Post #5 by greg_a_morton » Thu May 03, 2012 7:59 pm

Man 4x4 dually and crewcab!! I bet they made less than 500 of those.
1967 mercury 350 International 7.3 IDI ats turbo kit c6 gear vendor overdrive 3.73s rolling on 19.5s
1971 f100 body on 1979 f350 frame 460 c6 dana 60s 3.54s dually
1974 f100 longbed baby blue & rust 240 3 speed 3.70s sitting on the ground!
1990 f250 extcab xlt lariat efi 460 e40d 3.55s daily driver
and 1 Bump parts truck.
Possibly looking for my next bump or dent right now!

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Post #6 by bubba22349 » Thu May 03, 2012 8:21 pm

The one that I saw was also a crew cab but it was a lower trim base model.
A bad day Drag Racing is still better than a good day at work!

I am still hunting for a project car to build but with my current low budget it's not looking so good. My Ex- Fleet of Sixes these are all long gone! :bang: 1954 Customline 223 3 speed with O/D, 1963 Fairlane project drag car with BB6, 1977 Maverick 250 with C4, 1994 F-150 a 300 with 5 speed.

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Re: 79 f350 4WD

Post #7 by greg_a_morton » Fri May 04, 2012 8:00 pm

If it is like the earlier crewcabs they pretty much where all low end packaged. There was a 1972 crew on ebay last year that had custom emblems on it and had a xlt interior. It was stated that there was 4 built that year with nice interior! All the older crews had no running trim on the sides either.
1967 mercury 350 International 7.3 IDI ats turbo kit c6 gear vendor overdrive 3.73s rolling on 19.5s
1971 f100 body on 1979 f350 frame 460 c6 dana 60s 3.54s dually
1974 f100 longbed baby blue & rust 240 3 speed 3.70s sitting on the ground!
1990 f250 extcab xlt lariat efi 460 e40d 3.55s daily driver
and 1 Bump parts truck.
Possibly looking for my next bump or dent right now!

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Re: 79 f350 4WD

Post #8 by sdiesel » Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:09 am

no 79 factory crew duallies. no factory 4x4 long beds but there were 4x4 short bed srw rigs made in the ford factory. many had the sno-fighter package with a big dana 60 series front axle.-highly prized today.

the you tube video was a custom job by roll along or centurion or that kind of outfit- and it is not a 4x4 it is a tonner 2x. rough riding clumsy buggars.
a long love affair with the 300 six.
my lastest and final fling is a fresh 300 in an 88 ford f350 dually 4X flatbed

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Re: 79 f350 4WD

Post #9 by CoupeBoy » Mon May 19, 2014 1:51 pm

heck, I'd argue that there were NO standard/factory crew cabs built by Ford prior to 1980. Canadian trucks, probably said 'Mercury' on them as they rolled out of the building :rolflmao:

I found this quite a while back, I secretly joined an OldFordCrewCabs forum.
I posted this on there, years ago (circa 2010), I'm not terribly active.. less than 70 posts
http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/88931 ... ion-2.html
MotorDog wrote:Ontario Canada was the factory that produced all of the early Crews. All were essentially "hand made" and there really wasn't any deep, dark, or mysterious secret as to how they were made. By the way, my 1970 F-250 Highboy is this same way also. You will find this is the case with all of the "Bumps" and with all of the "Dents" which are Crew Cabs. That means all were "hand-made" until production of them ceased in 1979. I will explain how to tell about the "hand-made" portion in a few moments, but first, here's what was required to make one.

Two cabs were used, with the back of one and the front part of the other. It appears there was a "special" roof panel made and this was attached to the top of the cab after the modifications were completed so there was a one piece roof installed. The front part of the rear doors were literally "cut-off" from the vent window forward and the front edge was modified and used to complete the front edge of the doors after welding and shaping. The interior door panel was cut off on the front portion so it would now fit against the door with its front edge matching the doors front edge. Here is one of the "chintzy" things you will find. They tack welded a small piece of angle iron on the front edge of the rear door to make a slot for the door panel to slide into as they had cut off the front edge with the screw holes. The door panel front edge just "floats" inside the groove made with the angle iron. The rest of the screws on the top, bottom and back edge are fastened to the door to hold the panel in place. If you hear a faint rattle, simply tap the angle iron with a small hammer and "tighten" it against the door panel when it's in place.

Now, here's where it gets fun! The window crank on the front doors is close to the front edge of the door. This part was cut off on the rear doors so there wasn't a place anymore for the window crank. By taking a passenger side door window regulator and turning it around backwards and then installing it into the Driver's side rear door, the window crank became usable and now was located to the rear edge of the rear door and worked perfectly! Then using a window regulator from the Driver's side door, installing it backward in the passenger side rear door, it worked perfectly too, and the crank again was now positioned close to the rear edge of the door. The passenger door glass was used in the passenger side rear door and the driver's side glass was then used in the driver's side rear door. Drilling a new hole for the window crank's stub shaft in the interior door panel was all that was necessary to complete the rear doors. Kinda "chintzy" in my opinion but very workable even though the workmanship leaves quite a bit to be desired when you actually look over one of these rear doors.

The rear door inside handle for opening remained the same, but they did not enclose it with an arm rest as was the case with the front door. Instead, they used a plastic window frame type looking piece from the inside of a standard van's inside door handle to finish it off.

Because of the removal of the vent window from the rear door, the subsequent removal of some of the floor and roof to make it match resulted in the loss of considerable foot room, in my opinion, and the rear passengers get the feeling they are up against the front seat. When production of Crew Cabs was started again in the mid 80's, the new Crews of that era were built with more foot room and that has continued ever since their re-introduction. Seats were easy as the only modification to the front seat was a little upholstery added to enclose the back of the seat for appearance sake. The rear seat was simply mounted in with stationary brackets and became non-adjustable, although both seats are capable of being tilted forward to stow stuff around the gas tank in the rear and who knows what function the tilting front seat now serves?

As you can see, the only real "new" piece of sheet metal needed was the one piece longer roof. Wiring was simply "spliced" with an extension piece where required and the truck received cosmetic sheet metal finishing and painting.

Oh yes, I nearly forgot! The rear door sills are nothing more than front door sills that have been cut off, (shortened) to finish the floor to the door opening.

For those of you that are interested in just what this cost, well the full retail price for the "Crew Cab Option" in the 1970 model year was $773.00 as indicated by the Original Invoice from my 1970 Crew Cab Highboy. To us who bought these in those days, it was a "heck of a Price!" Another reason for the low numbers of production. With "good wages" being about $120 a week, this was a fortune in those times!

As you can see, there was considerable "hand work" involved in the making of the crew cabs. The rear doors are the real item of "scarcity" and anyone finding one or a set of rear doors for any of these early crews if in good useable condition finds a part that will generally be salable at a fairly good price! Although you could make a new one from a regular door, it is a great deal of work and would be quite expensive, but NOT impossible to do if you really needed one!

When you get the opportunity, if interested, take the time to really check out the rear doors of these trucks. Hard to believe they are so simple, yet functional. The other thing I find of interest is the poor quality of workmanship you will find present in some doors when compared to each other even or to others on other trucks. It is very apparent there was good and bad rear door fabricators at the Ontario plant. Good thing the front doors were mass produced and made so well, otherwise without a good door to start with, some of the rear doors might have fell off before the trucks were sold. Oh, that also reminds me, the regular hinges from the front doors were used on the rear doors also. Hope those of you that took the time to read all this found it interesting. Didn't mean to bore you folks for quite this long!


That website is also good for tech on how to build your own steel dually fenders out of F750 front fenders (takes a pair of them per side, split them and only use the rear halves), how to section in a van roof (with ribs) to replace a stock rusted roof, or to increase roof rigidity..

And this guy is a member..
Picador -- 4 door 78/79 Bronco

I missed out on 2 1975 crew cabs that sold locally last year,
1975 F250 360/4spd SRW/CC/SB
1978 F350 460/C6/SRW/CC/LB

I shop for them occasionally ('67-79 CC), there's a guy in Fergus Falls, MN that I contacted a few weeks back, he has in his words a 'Rusty' cab on 4wd chassis for sale (no box) asking $1k. I'm still waiting for pictures. (but not on pins and needles)
1968 Mustang Daily Driver Rebuild (on hold for the Season 3/1/2015)
1963.5 Falcon Convertible Build (just getting started 3/15/2015)
Case 1830 Skidsteer FordSix Repower Thread (started 4/4/2015)
1970 170/C4
1967 200/C4
1965 240/bellhousing/flywheel/clutch/3.03 bell pattern
1975 250/flexplate
1975 300/flywheel

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