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Old Today, 12:42 PM   #1
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I see it has a K&N air intake, whatever that is. . . appears to be more efficient? I wiped down the tires and see the are "TRAILCUTTER" 315/75R/16. He told me that the transmission has 100K on it and the engine has 160K, possibly dubious.

The exhausts are straight pipes and exceedingly loud but he said not glass-packs, however I looked and it did.

The truck has a 5" lift; I also see an Optima battery. Nice FORD bed-liner. Fancy taillights and headlights. Taillights will need changed as on has a cover a bit mangled.

There may be other things but I am too ignorant to relate them at this point. He mentioned something about the "arms", I think.

Paid 3K for it.
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Have any pics

Need to off that K&N filter for a better one. Any kind of dry element would be better.

Arms, -control arms ?
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No. I don't 'need' to. i don't even 'want' to, it performs well even if dirty. Will clean and call it good. The truck is DAMN strong for what it is. Not mega-truck 8 million dollar modifications strong but all I want and more than I need. Old truck has some tough miles and it's battered a bit BUT VERY MUCH UNBOWED, like it's owner.

Pics: Yes. Just took these 10 minutes ago. That's me and an 1858 New Army:

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DIRTY but I think it's okay.
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Looks like it's in good shape. I can tell by the bottom of the doors the body isn't bad, - definitely dubious lol. What usually rusts first is the lower bed panel behind the rear tire (from the inside out) and the rocker bottoms under the cab. But yea, looks like a good deal for 3 grand.

It has a throttle body spacer, you can get rid of that, perhaps in the future if/when you decide to clean up the throttle body. No big deal, not hurting anything, but not doing a damn thing just the same.

It would be good for that truck if you found a factory CAI filter box (on ebay or whatnot) and replaced just the end of the air intake. Still use the K&N pipe, but those filters don't stop much. They also screw up the MAF sensor and contaminate the throttle body and elbow.

Might want to do something with the inner wheel well guards. They probably fell off, -they do that. Once they do, the engine compartment gets trashed and you could smoke a coil if you hit a good size puddle.

Other than that, looks good!
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Looks like it's in good shape. I can tell by the bottom of the doors the body isn't bad, - definitely dubious lol. What usually rusts first is the lower bed panel behind the rear tire (from the inside out) and the rocker bottoms under the cab. But yea, looks like a good deal for 3 grand.

It has a throttle body spacer, you can get rid of that, perhaps in the future if/when you decide to clean up the throttle body. No big deal, not hurting anything, but not doing a damn thing just the same.

It would be good for that truck if you found a factory CAI filter box (on ebay or whatnot) and replaced just the end of the air intake. Still use the K&N pipe, but those filters don't stop much. They also screw up the MAF sensor and contaminate the throttle body and elbow.

Might want to do something with the inner wheel well guards. They probably fell off, -they do that. Once they do, the engine compartment gets trashed and you could smoke a coil if you hit a good size puddle.

Other than that, looks good!
Hey, thanks!

Constructive and thoughtful.

Okay, so I should grab a CIA filter box, 10-4. Please point out throttle body spaces and I'll ****-can it. Inner wheel well guards, roger that. Will have to first see what they LOOKED like

I just hope you guys will help me WHEN I inevitably need help.

I am very grateful for the tips.
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The inner skirts are held on by Ford push pins that fall out in time, -

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Here's the other, -

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If yours are missing (bet they are) you can't purchase these separately, but you do better making your own. Push pins can usually be found at a third party parts house cheap.

You can use a tractor trailer mud flap, - found at farm store for the guards themselves. Just cut what you need from that.

Your engine compartment will stay clean. Not the best pic for example, but this one has over 300,000 miles on it and I haven't had to clean the engine compartment since 08, -

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That pic ^^^ also has the factory air box (CAI).

Yea eBay should have one...here, -


That's just one example I pulled up real quick, there's better deals than that one.
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Maybe I can scavenge a filter box from the junkyard? I'll see what I can do, if needed, on the skirting. Thanks again! Helpful!
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Skirting will be needed, you are correct. It soes not extend as far as yours and it appears maybe a holes for plasdtic pins are vacant. Wiped off the motor area a bit but did not break out a water hose or any such. Just wiped the dust away halfasst. . .

If I take more pics will you look and see if you see anything blatant?

Brembo rotors will be ordered in a few weeks.
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Yea, the engine compartment doesn't enjoy a bath all that well, things can go wrong. It's like a big dog during it's first bath..with rigor mortis.
The plug chambers fill with water, in turn , short out the coils. If you do pressure wash it or whatnot try to stay away from the coils and plug chambers. If you have an air compressor, blow out the plug chambers before attempting to restart, - also any other electronic connectors that got wet.
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