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Old 06-16-2014, 07:37 PM   #1
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I am beginning the process of restoring a new acquired 1998 F-150 XLT, Supercab

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At first glance it looks pretty good. Mechanically it is in great shape. about 120,000 miles, 5.4 Liter, Automatic, 4x4

The truck came from the Philadelphia, PA area and like their football team, its pretty rusted out.

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I decided to first replace the bed
So I ground off the bolt heads and punched the bolts through the frame
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Old 06-16-2014, 08:02 PM   #2
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That's a butt load of rust, I give you props for taking on all that. Love the color though, that's one of the more rare colors of our trucks.
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That's a butt load of rust, I give you props for taking on all that. Love the color though, that's one of the more rare colors of our trucks.
I kind of backed into it. Really did not know all that rust was there when I started. The color happens to be the wife's favorite. It is pretty nice and not one I've seen before
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sub'd, cool, love seeing this stuff done
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Cool! Sub'd also. I'm redoing a 99 F-150 xlt, but mine is white with a flareside and not so much rust and more mechanical issues. lol
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Reminds me of Capri Debris's build. That thing turnd out real nice, so I'm looking forward to this one!
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Finally got a little help getting the bed off.
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Looked pretty good underneath. I will scrape or wire brush some. Plan on spraying CRC Rust Converter on everything and then a coat of CRC Zink It, unless someone has a better idea for me.

Oh by the way, while I have it off, I will be replacing the gas tank. The fill tube had corroded almost all the way off.
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Also plane on replacing the spare tire wench while I am there as well.
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My other question is how important are the side brackets on the fuel vents?
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the closest one is pretty much gone too.
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Worked on removing parts from the from that are going to be replaced before painting. Removed the broken spare tire wench and the frame member that holds the charcoal filter vents.
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Also removed the guard protecting the gas tank, (only on the 4x4 models).
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Lastly, we put on some new working boots and some exterior decor.
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