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i have a 1976 F150 and i want to put a nice lift kit to for sure clear 35" tires with out a problem, what size kit would you recommend getting?
and i would also like to rebuild the engine to run at least 400 horse, i would like to get 500+ horse and 500+ ft lbs of torque, what would you recommend? i dont want to spend thousands upon thousands doing this. i have a 360 in my truck right now.
Well check to see if it's a highboy my brother's Bronco is running 35's with a 6 inch lift.
As for the motor I would either scour the junkyards for a Big Block and rebuild that but if you want an original motor check out comp cams and put a bigger cam in it with an edelbrock intake and a holley four barrel then add a decent exhaust and this should give you a lot more power.
yes it is a high boy, it sits a lot higher than the other ones on the road. and i was thinking of maybe boring it out, my uncle is a big ford guy he rebuilds cars for a living, and he was saying that i can bore it out to a 445 and get new heads and what not, and put a 4 and 1/2 in stroke and for about 3-4 grand i can run over 500 horse.
and i heard that a 4 in lift kit for these trucks are equivalent to the 6 in on modern trucks, is that true?
You can squeeze 35's with a 2.5 in leveling kit on a 15X8 without rubbing... or at least I did... I have since went up to a 4 in kit in the front and a 1.5 in block rear and have 36 12.50 15's on 15 x 10's and am going to step up to either a 37x 12.50 or 13.50 and don't for see any issues. Good luck- I highly recommend replacing your "C" bushings when you do the lift so it will correctly allign and maintain you stock steering.
If it is a true highboy it will clear 36's with no lift. If it is a leaf sprung front end it is def a highboy however they did make a coil sprung front end that they called a high boy on one or two years. if you have leafs you will just need blocks ubolts and skyjacker nitro shocks. If you have coil springs there are several options. I had 9.5 inches of lift on my 79 swbase it had a 3 inch body 4 inch suspension and the coil towers were lowered 2.5 inches so it had rear sag and transfered weight really well and looked mean. As for the motor 500 + hp is an old 460 bottom end with 429 dove c heads, roller rockers, headers, weiand stealth intake, headers w 2.5 inch exhaust and about an 850 cfm edelbrock carb should get you right around 500 to 550 but that kend of hp isnt gonna be cheap no matter what you do. I had 15000 in my truck and it didnt even have paint yet but if you need any tips or help feel free to pm me any time.