'76 Highboy Restomod/Overland Light Build

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  1. Maroon96

    Maroon96 I'm Awesome

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    Got this old truck a little while ago, but it's at my dads and I didn't have time to take pics until now. It's a 1976 F250 that my grandpa bought almost new. He was downsizing and gave the truck to me. It hasn't been driven in the last few years, but was driven a little before that. This truck has been in the family forever and my dad and his siblings all drove it in high school. At some point, my dad replaced the power assist with power steering. The engine was rebuilt about 30,000 miles and years ago.

    The plan is to keep the stock look as much as possible, with some enhancements. Even though it's my truck now, I'll always think of it as grandpas/the family truck because of the history. I hope to find a good balance between keeping it what it is, but still building it up some and making it mine. Some things I might do are a short lift, stainless rollbar/lightbar for KC lights, flush toolbox for recovery gear, second battery, and rock sliders or steps of some sort. Also, all the obvious things: bodywork, paint, new interior, etc.

    As far as the overland light portion of the build, I want to increase the capability without going to crazy visually. I might add some mounting points for recovery boards, hi-lift, and other stuff on the inside of the bed. Plus do onboard air, rock lights, and receiver mounted winch.

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    Damn, that looks to be pretty clean. Nice blast from the past.
     
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    Yeah, the bed is probably the worst of it. It's from Texas originally and then spent some time in Utah and Wyoming, but hasn't seen much of the salty roads.
     
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    I have always been a chevy guy but I love those style fords. Thats a nice looking truck with an awesome history you have!
     
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    Those trucks were/are amazing machines. My dad had roughly a dozen of them when I was growing up. He always said they were the best off roading trucks because of their capability and durability.
     
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    That is awsome! My first vehicle was a 1978 F-100 (square headlight) with a 289 and manual trans that I still have in my pole shed that I'll get around to restoring some day. I also have a 78 Bronco (round headlight) with a 400 small block and manual trans thats lifted at least a foot and has 44" mudders on it.

    I love those old fords! Anything newer than 1980 I wont touch but those 70's are the coolest ford trucks ever made IMO.
     
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    I remember my dad would always put buckshot 37s on his. It was crazy because other than trimming the inner fenders, I don't think he had to do anything else to make them fit. I believe the hi-boys came four inches higher from the factory.
     
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    yea, I have the bushwacker flares on my bronco, the ones that you have to trim the inner fenders for tire clearance. It looks like it should have come from the factory with those flares and at least 40's on it.
     

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