1995 F150 4x4 Big Bird Tribute

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    Junior's son Wyatt is a big fan of Dane Cardon's infamous prerunner "Bid Bird". Since Wyatt will be driving in a few years, we have began a project daily driver for him dubbed "BB2" a Big Bird tribute of sorts. Our goal is to getter done by the time he turns 16. It will prove valuable Father/Son time, with a pile of lessons learned during the process. Did this with my oldest Son Jake, turning a badly wrecked Tacoma into a sweet daily driver. This is where I would post a link to that build at my website but Russian Hackers took that site out a while back.

    Plan is to post build progress here for all to enjoy.

    Starting with a 95 F150 Supercab 4x4 with dual fuel tanks. Unlike my oldest Son's project this truck is in pretty good shape but has over 260,000 miles on it. The plan is to build a reliable truck that Wyatt can drive with confidence for many many years. Below is an image of Wyatt standing next to the truck, it was his birthday present.

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    For those you who have never heard of Big Bird, here is a few pics of Dane's truck at Parker a year ago. The truck was featured in an off-road magazine spread titled "Drool Factor 10" if I remember correctly. Junior would post a link to that article here but couldn't find it.

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    Remember when I first took a look at the original Big Bird. The features that stood out to me most was the bright yellow paint, the swing set steering and the low stance.
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    Our overall plan is to move from bumper to bumper on this truck replacing/refurbishing everything in between with sprinkles of performance here and there. Junior's commitment is to get his son a reliable daily driver, in OEM form. As with Jake, the performance items will have to be financed by Wyatt. Funding will come from Wyatt selling his sweat as well as raising and auctioning off a 4H hog here and there. He has banked a couple hogs already, we are set to go.

    Going in here is the plan besides the obvious
    • Rebuild or replace the engine
    • Remove OEM rear and replace with a locker equipped, trussed 9 inch.
    • Deaver leafs.
    • Bedcage designed to not only to provide upper shock mounts but mounts for his dirtbike/spare etc.
    • Cut/turned widened TTB front with hoops and coilovers.
    • Glass fenders and bedsides.
    • Upgrade to 5/8 wheel studs.
    • Set up to run 35's.
    • New interior/carpet with custom console for switches, audio/video and sub woofer.
    Should be fun.

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    We were told that BB2 ran but had been sitting...before attempting to crank her over, we sniffed the fuel fillers and immediately decided we wouldn't even attempt it before addressing the rotten fuel in the tanks. Figured that pumping the system full of rotten gas would not be the best way to start. Addressing the fuel system is where we have decided to start.

    Stay tuned and remember, Junior has a full time job and a life outside this project. Progress will be made on weekends and evenings as time and money allows.

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    Looking forward to the progress, thanks for sharing!
     
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    So we removed the bed to get to the fuel tanks. The first thing we noticed is that both tanks were vented from the factory using an open ended fuel hose laying on top of each tank just under the bed. This would have to be addressed no doubt. Both tanks were rusty and the midship tank appeared to have a serious crack around the filler neck.

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    The midship tank appears to have been abandoned. The fuel pump didn't have a screen, or a float and the only contents inside was a mysterious black goo. Much like toothpaste. We had considered repairing the filler neck but removal of the black good was so difficult we decided to replace the tank.
     

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    Check out the goo...could this be the residue of several gallons of fuel that had been sitting for years? Midship tank cleaning.jpg Midship tank cleaning.jpg
     
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    Out with the old and in with the new. We sealed up the openings for paint. We brushed the rust off the rear tank, scrubbed out the inside and sealed it for paint as well.
     

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    After paint we installed new fuel pumps in each tank and set them aside. We need to address the nasty rusty chassis. Would have liked to replace the fuel sending units but those things were crazy expensive. We'll wait to see if the original units work and replace only if necessary. How can the senders cost as much or more than the fuel pumps? Maybe we can get the chassis cleaned up this weekend.
     
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    We made some progress on the chassis. Since we are looking to change the stock leaf spring pivot points, we needed to remove the shackle hangar in the rear and the front leaf spring pivot point, as well as loads of other brackets riveted to the frame. Junior learned long ago how best to remove these rivets. What you do is cut a plus sign in the rivet head, then use a chisel to remove each of the four "pie slices" one at a time.

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    The chassis was pretty nasty when we started.

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    We hit every thing with a wire wheel. It cleaned up pretty good.

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    Apply a little paint and the effort suddenly seems worthwhile!

    You can see that we had already bolted up the new front leaf spring pivot points. Couldn't wait. Those spring hangars were purchased new for about $20 each. OEM parts for a two wheel drive version of this truck. More on that later when we attack the rear suspension.


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