my 1995 4x4 f150 has a cracked frame. it is near the front and affects steering to the point it is unsafe to drive (obviously) especially over ~50mph.
It has the straight six w/ under 160k miles. I've owned the truck since 22k miles. I religiously changed the oil every 3 or 4k miles and roughly every 4th or 5th change I would put in the new oil, take a 10 minute drive then change it again.
The point is, she starts and runs as strong as when i bought her.
The wheel wells are rusted but the rest of the body isn't bad.
I put stainless wheels and 31" TA KOs on about 5k miles ago
I've already bought a 2k6 f150, but I can't seem to bring myself to sell the '95. I don't think welding/reinforcing the frame would be worthwhile.
I found a post on a toyota truck forum where the guy claims he repaired his frame by filling it with epoxy. also claims the mechanic raised the truck up a few feet on a lift then let it drop, a few times, to test the repair would hold. I'm skeptical of that, but having worked with several commercial type epoxies, I do believe it could work.
Looking for opinions - bad idea?
If so, what else could do I do with her, aside from selling for parts.
I looked into converting the engine to marine inboard use but experts say thats not practical.
I'd love to have a 20+ cfm compressor, but don't have 1.5k+ to buy one. A generator would be cool too. Problem here is I'd have no idea how to pull the computer (I'm assuming I'd need it if the engine was repurposed.
Any other ideas? Thanks...