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    88 F-Turd50 IDI Build

    Porting this over here, I figure I can not make progress on this site instead. It will seem a little choppy since I wont be grabbing all the updates, just the important and current ones.

    I originally got part way into a buggy build and realized after getting married and buying a house the funds just weren't there to complete it in any sort of reasonable time. So I decided to back it up some and build a cheap trail truck.


    Started by picking up this 1988 F250 7.3L IDI from a guy at work for $1500. *It's a Regular Cab Long bed, *Going to build an internal cage. *Major specs as follows



    7.3L IDI non turbo diesel, 5speed ZF, NP203/205 Doubler

    D60, Chromoly 35 spline shafts, Lockrite locker

    Sterling 10.25 Welded

    42" TSLs on recentered H1's and PVC inserts










    Grabbed a 86 F350 Parts truck for $500, I kept the axles and suspension and sold the rest off so I ended up making $100 on the deal in the end.





    Last edited by Toreadorranger; 07-28-2020, 06:12 PM.
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    Cutout my H1 centers at a friends shop with the plasma cutter, doing them by hand would have sucked.



    The outer rings I kept from my buggy and they were already ford Blue so it worked out perfectly, I liked the look so much Im going to paint the inners gray and leave the outers blue.


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      #3
      Crusty axle and cheap Harbor freight engine stand I converted to axle stand



      Axle started going together, Traded my stock 3.54 gears and regeared to 4.10, Solid knuckles (got a killer deal on these after selling my stock knuckles) and cover, Lockrite locker, 4340 35 spline stubs and stock inners for now.



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        #4
        out with the old



        In with the new


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          #5
          Big thanks to FOURWHEELSUPPLY. Ryan is one of the few vendors who offers a reasonably priced highsteer arm for my knuckles. He didn't have any arms ready when I ordered and said it might get out Monday (yesterday) as he had to machine one so I don't know what he did but it shipped friday and arrived yesterday. He also had the joint I needed to complete my setup in stock so I had him send one of those as well.

          1.25" thick steel arm, with the 6th bolt and keyway for my knuckle.


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            #6
            Would those 8 lug hub/rotor/calipers fit my '94 Bronco?
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              #7
              Originally posted by CDA 455 II View Post
              Would those 8 lug hub/rotor/calipers fit my '94 Bronco?
              I believe you need the entire knuckle out to run the 8lug ttb setup on a D44 ttb.
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                #8
                Originally posted by Toreadorranger View Post

                I believe you need the entire knuckle out to run the 8lug ttb setup on a D44 ttb.
                Ok; that begs the next nOOB question:
                Will the knuckles out fit my '94 Bronco?
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                  They would have 2 years ago when the photo was taken before it was scrapped. But yes, the D44HD and D44 outers are interchangeable, just need the whole assembly.
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                    Originally posted by Toreadorranger View Post
                    They would have 2 years ago when the photo was taken before it was scrapped. But yes, the D44HD and D44 outers are interchangeable, just need the whole assembly.
                    No shit?

                    Are those rotors/caliper bigger than the Broncos?
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                      #11

                      New radiator is in. Overall I'm pretty happy with it. Fitment was good, The fan shroud put up a little fight going back on, but other than that, it is a nice direct fit replacement.




                      Frame chop, I took 10" out in total. So the new wheelbase will be 123". I'm going to refresh the bushings in the rear leafs and I will be bobbing the rear of the frame and running a bumper mounted shackle setup to gain some lift so I can lose the rear blocks that are in the truck now.














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                        The outer plates are 1/4", going to do 1/8" inner plates as well. *









                        Got the suspension back together and a set of autozone special temp shackles in place. I still need to trim down the ends of the bumper and sort out shortening the bed to fit.





                        I made myself a real simple press brake to use in my HF 20 ton press. It works awesome for the $20 I have into it. Bought the top arbor off ebay and the rest is just scrap. It made short work of the straps for the cell. I have bent some 1/4" plate as well with it for a test.

















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                          #13

                          42s mounted and on the truck. Good idea on the stance of the truck.


















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                            #14
                            Originally posted by CDA 455 II View Post

                            No shit?

                            Are those rotors/caliper bigger than the Broncos?
                            I believe they are, per rockauto the F250 rotor is a 12.5 and your bronco is a 11.7. I know the brake setup off the D44HD was a direct fit for my kingpin D60. Calipers were a straight swap.
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Toreadorranger View Post

                              I believe they are, per rockauto the F250 rotor is a 12.5 and your bronco is a 11.7. I know the brake setup off the D44HD was a direct fit for my kingpin D60. Calipers were a straight swap.
                              Thanks; I'll have to look into this.
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