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What to Do With This Ford ’93 F-150

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Phrygian
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What to Do With This Ford ’93 F-150

Post #1 by Phrygian » Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:18 pm

So I bought this 1993 F-150 XL a few months ago for $900. It needed a new master brake cylinder. Check that off the list, done. It was painted by the original owner, and the truck as a whole is in pretty good shape. Since I didn't pay that much for it, I'm willing to dump some money into it. I've already started replacing all of the replacing lenses around it, so that I can at least drive it at night. It's a project truck, so I'm in no hurry or need to fix anything immediately. Just looking for advice, my questions are...

1. At 254k the engine is not in the best shape. There seems to be some blow by plus worn valve guides in the heads. The valve cover is also leaking. That's quite a project for an engine that's on it's way out. Should I rebuild or buy a rebuilt? I'd like to stick with the 300 inline, but V8 crate options seem attractive. I don't really want to go that way though.

2. The transmission also doesn't seem to be in the best shape. I'm pretty sure the synchronizers are worn out. The whole driveline is noisy, alluding to more work to be done. I bought a shiftier rebuild kit for it, because I'm certain based on the flimsiness of the shifting, it needs it, but that isn't going to fix the other problems.

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Re: What to Do With This Ford ’93 F-150

Post #2 by maxtrux » Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:48 pm

The body looks good. It depends on what your intended use is for the truck as to whether to rebuild/replace the 300 or go to a V8. If you are needing some power at/above 300 hp it will be cheaper to transplant a V8. If you are just wanting good reliability and a little better mileage, the 300-6 is certainly worth a rebuild, depending on its condition. I love that body style so glad to see another one that is still in pretty good shape.
68 F100 300 auto; '78 T'bird 28K original miles; '86 F350 5.9 Cummins; '93 Lightning Turbo coming soon; '94 Mark VIII w/nitrous; '98 Ram V6 43K My dad's last truck; '99 Navigator; 2000 Excursion V10; 2011 F350 6.7; 2017 F350 6.7
Reckon my next one should be from the 50s but I do love the early 60s falcon

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