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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-29-2003, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Should I buy?

I found an add in the paper for 2 older model fords. There was a '78 3/4ton with a 460 (broken timing chain) and a 77 1/2ton with a 400 (with carb froze shut). He's asking $250 each or $400 for the pair. He lives a ways away from me (50miles), so towing the suckers home is gonna be a feat. I have not looked at them yet, nor do I know if they are 4wd or not. What I know is what I have listed here, but do you think they are worth the asking price, based on what little info there is?

I figured if I do buy them and find out that its gonna take more money to get them running than is worth it, that I could part them out for at least one good axle (maybe the front 3/4 ton axle if its 4wd) and get most if not all of my money back.

So what do you guys (my life-savers) think about this deal?
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Re: Should I buy?

If the 460 in the 78 is original, then it's a 2wd. 4x4's didn't come with 460's in 78. The 77 might be a 4x4, cuz the 4x4 Fords only came with 351M/400's from 77-79. If you already own a 73-79 then they're worth it as parts trucks. If not, it would take a lot of elbow grease to get your money back. Trust me, Ive tried. I've come to the conclusion, I can make more money working at McDonalds then trying to part out and sell trucks.
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The 77 sound like a good deal to me (I'm not real sure what all goes into a timing chain fix - like other parts that need serviced), because he said if he poured gas into the manifold it fired right up and ran until it used up all of the gas. I have a guy at work that has a nice edelbrock (sp?) 600 that he's trying to get rid of for around $100-150, so I figure for $400 I could have a second beast. OF COURSE, I have to look at it to see if its even worth the effort, but it maybe the buy of the year.
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Alot of times when a timing chain breaks it can cause alot more problems w/in the engine---lets just say it can cause a pretty good knock.
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Re: Should I buy?

due to this reason, I'm not considering, too strongly, purchasing the 3/4ton.


What kinds of axles come with a 3/4 2wd?
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Am i missing something here? If the timing chain breaks, then all heck breaks loose inside the engine, seeing as the t-chain is the connection between cam and bottom end crankshaft.
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Re: Should I buy?


Juice, that's what i'm thinking... bent valves, cracked pistons, warped rods, cylinder damage would all seem possible [img]images/graemlins/burnout.gif[/img]

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A 78 460 should have a free wheeling valvetrain, meaning if the chain breaks, there is enough clearance between the valves and pistons that they won't hit or do any damage.
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