1969 Highboy

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Bought this thing in June of 2020, after selling my 73 Wagoneer. I avent kept a log really of anything I've done to it, because I haven't done much.

It's been a tough process so far. Instant buyers remorse, followed by some technical and logistical issues. I wasnt able to, nor did I want to, drive it for the first 16 or 18 weeks of ownership.

Anyway, still not sure if I'm gonna keep it, but might as well keep a log of whats been done.


-1969 F250 Ranger
-Mid 70's 300 I6 was swapped in back in the 80's.
-4 Speed/Dana 24
-D44 Front, D60 Rear with limited slip. 4.10's
-Dodge rims with brand new 31ish tires.
-Drums all around. Previous owner added a booster so there's power at least.
-Manual steering so thankfully none of that hydraulic over manual crap the later highboys had.


It’s got some rust in the bed seams and cab seams. Interior is aite. Seat has some tears, dash pad is trashed, otherwise its good. Also has a matching camper shell. No tailgate, because the shell had barn doors. I have a spare tailgate, but still need to get it painted. Goofy stuff like 3 filler necks because it used to have saddle tanks, and a CB ball mount through the bed side, etc.

Very original with the exception of the engine and the wheels. Drove it home from the bay area, over the pass, no issues.


Interesting fact: Cordova (The orange) was a 1969 ONLY color.

Further interesting fact: This is one of 152 Trucks with the paint code.

Further further interesting fact: This is one of 21 trucks with this paint code and trim.



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So upon getting it home, the rear wheel cylinder was leaking. Went through and replaced both sides, new shoes and hardware too.

Of course my D60 spindle nut socket that I have for my 74 isn’t the same as needed on this 69....so had to get one that fit. And of course first time around o brought home the non heavy duty brake shoes and had to go get the wider ones. And of course somebody put RTV on the conical washers which made this whole thing a huge pain in the ass.

So, ‘needing’ to work on it day 2 of ownership was where it started to go sour.

I pulled the shell off right away. It’s got a nice spray on bed liner.

anyway, got that shit fixed after chasing parts.
 

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I've owned 3 Fords in my nearly 70 years. All have been complete pieces of crap. Never again. Lots of folks like them, but mine were awful. Good luck.
 

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So after all of that, I realized it had a significant exhaust leak where the exhaust manifold mates to the intake to heat the plenum.

I immediately snapped off the stud inside the exhaust manifold, that mated the two together. It was already nearly twisted off. I gave it about an 8th of a turn and it fell off.

So I tried to drill out the stud, it was basically welded in and snapped off an ear on the intake.

Started searching for a pre-EGR intake so that I didn’t have to ADD a bunch of shit in order to ‘delete’ the EGR. Found a guy who had one across the country. He shipped it and it got lost in the mail for over a month. It finally showed up and I got it all cleaned off after soaking in vinegar. I went to paint it and one of the runners was cracked.

The guy replaced it for me, so I cleaned up the newer one and painted it (the wrong blue) and installed with remodel gaskets.

At this point it had been about 4 months since buying it and I had only driven it to the DMV one day, before diving into the intake fiasco. So I have basically hated it up until this juncture and immediately began trying to sell it.

in the meantime I started driving it.
 

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I've owned 3 Fords in my nearly 70 years. All have been complete pieces of crap. Never again. Lots of folks like them, but mine were awful. Good luck.

I own a 74 and it’s been the easiest to work on and most reliable and nice running and driving old truck I’ve ever owned. So, sorry you’ve had crappy experiences but thanks for telling me they are bad I guess.
 

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So, since the intake was fixed I’ve mostly just been driving it. I drive it 3 days a week. When I’m not in a company vehicle I’m driving this, so it’s pretty much my daily driver. My wife has a modern vehicle but this, and the 74 camper special I have are what I rely on.

Since the seat was ripped and I’m still not 100% sold on keeping it in the long run, I just tossed on a cheap mesh seat cover. I replaced one arm rest that was ripped. The horn didn’t work (repaired, new relay, had to clean contacts and adjust horn button), straightened the steering wheel because it was off center, and again, have been driving it.

Good news is that aside from basically being a tractor and driving like one, it actually drives well. Drives nice and straight on the highway, stops fine, super easy to start even in the cold weather, heat works good, radio works, everything.

So at this point I’m still not sure what way to go. Keeping or selling. The body scares me, but if I’m just gonna drive it then it doesn’t really matter.

Near future plans include:
- replacing the CB antenna and a vintage CB, just for nostalgia.
- getting my tailgate painted (might drop it off with a co worker who can do it)
- buying a set of 9.00x16 bias ply tires and a set of 16” OEM wheels. Will return it to OEM look.
- hitch and brake controller. Needs a non-home made hitch and an electric brake so I can tow some stuff.
- keep driving

long term plans if kept:

-body work
-disc conversion or maybe just an axle swap to ditch the closed knuckle D44
-power steering
 

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Previous owner left trashed wipers on it. I flipped them on once and it totally effed up my windshield.

massive scratches.

been trying to polish them out all morning. They are getting better but definitely will be forever present. Really sucks. corners have started delaminating anyway. May just be time for a new windshield.

oh what fun.
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Thanks to our member 3rd Petal I’m a little closer to getting this back to classic factory style.

nabbed a set of 5 old steelies. Now to get a set of 900-16 tires.
 

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Nothing new really. Noticed engine developed a pretty good tick. Pulled valve cover one rocker isn’t getting oil. Pulled the rod and it was clean. Will probably pull the lifter here next weekend. Added some seafoam and have been driving it a little to see if it’s just a clogged lifter.
 

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I had an 80’s Ford with a 300 that was all sludged up and a few lifters that wouldn’t push oil like that. I drained the oil, put a gallon of diesel in and ran it for a minute or so. Then drained the diesel and put in 15w40, seemed to fix it without having to pull the lifters. Not that pulling the lifters on a 300 is that hard, but it was quick to just do the diesel flush
 

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Still ticking pretty good. I'm going to open it up one of these weekends and see about pulling the lifter and rebuilding. The push rod cover could use a new gasket anyway :)
 

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Gonna do Chevy 250 rocker arms while you are there? Or 351C/351M/400 rockers, they are higher ratio than Chevy 250, always wanted to try a set of those on a 300. But everyone else seems to use Chevy rockers, maybe there is a reason???
 

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Gonna do Chevy 250 rocker arms while you are there? Or 351C/351M/400 rockers, they are higher ratio than Chevy 250, always wanted to try a set of those on a 300. But everyone else seems to use Chevy rockers, maybe there is a reason???
I don't know enough about that kinda stuff to know what advantage that would pose. I was just planning to pull the one rocker and rod, then go at the offending lifter that isnt oiling.
 
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