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LOOK AT MY NIPPLES!
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I never thought this day would come, but I finally found something worth selling my s10 to buy. One of my all time favorite trucks. I’ve been wanting one for years, and finally found one.

















1986 F-150 in-line 6, 2wd auto. 96k miles. If I’m to believe the previous owner, it was a one owner farm truck when he bought it 4 years ago. I don’t see any evidence to the contrary.
Body is 100% original and unrestored. There’s a decent dent in the left fender and some scrapes along the bed, but other than that the body is damage free. Body rot is minimal, especially for the year. Lower fenders, left cab corner, rear wheel arches and rear lower bed sides are starting to go, but floors, doors and frame are mint! And that patina...:)
Interior is decent. A couple cracks in the dash, missing headlight switch, driver side armrest falling off, hole drilled in the instrument panel bezel, and one big rip in the seat. Nothing that can’t be fixed or at least improved.
Mechanically, it’s in fantastic shape. Runs, drives and shifts beautifully. It’s got a ton of new parts. New shocks, front trailing arm bushings and brackets. New fuel tank and pump. New radiator. Newer aftermarket distributor and carb. Really nice wheels with virtually brand new tires.
It has some issues though. The ebrake cable sticks bad. None of the gauges except the voltmeter works. (But it does have full gauges, not just idiot lights, so that’s nice.) Exhaust leaks at the manifold donut gasket. You have to slam the doors to get them to latch. Has a pretty good coolant leak at the thermostat housing. All relatively small problems, but they add up.
The kid wasn’t willing to negotiate much, so I ended up paying a bit more than I wanted, and probably more than I should have. But I’ve only seen one other short bed this style for sale, and I didn’t want to miss an opportunity that probably won’t come along again. But, I’m planning to sell the toolbox, and he has the stock steel wheels that he’s gonna throw in, so I can sell the wheels that are on it and make some of my money back.
Plans are to fix it up and just cruise it all summer. Then tear it down and bag it over the winter. I’ll be bringing it home Monday night, so Tuesday I should have a lot more pictures. I can’t wait! Let me know what you think.
 

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Nice find if u r into that sort of thing.
Are you going to do the current fad of clear coating the patina to preserve it?
I love perspective in the first and 3rd pics. Makes it look bigger than a garage and longer than a camping trailer.

Hope it wasn't too expensive.
My neighbors son just got a similar one given to him by his boss. V8 4x4 that was the bosses dad's truck and has sat for 10 years. Only has around 50K on it.
I know who is going to get hooked into showing the boy what to do. I've already told him to not even think about putting a battery in it until he drops and cleans the gas tanks. Two days later he says "Me and dad got it to turn over" and I replied "Great now your fuel lines are full of sh*t". Hopefully he learned something.

BTW your phone has a nice camera. Good quality pics.
 

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No way am I clear coating over the rust. I think it looks dumb. Only thing worse is faked patina. It won’t be seeing winter, and hopefully minimal rain. So it really shouldn’t get any worse.
I paid $2200, which really isn’t too bad. He had it listed for $2500, and even after being for sale for a few weeks and me being the only one to contact him about it, he wouldn’t budge off $2200. Even after pointing out issues he didn’t tell me about. But I bought it, so I have no room to bitch.
 

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Sounds like a fair deal. Not too many trucks in the NE left that aren't all rusted out and with a clean interior. Even tho the 6 is a good solid engine, I bet that's what kept it from be sold sooner.
Plenty of room in the engine compartment. How about 6.0 LS? Ford guys will be furious. But we'd all still love you.
 

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not a ford fan BUT- those years twix 74 and 89 both chevy and ford had DEFINATIVE body lines.....and to keep it real i would go with a 351 Winsor /mild build to go with the bags- or if you can get a new "wrecked/trashed" 'stang with a good drive line........
 

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Those trucks are underrated and under appreciated. Nice find.


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I had an 81’ step side. The inline 6’s are great motors with good torque. I swapped mine out for a 429. It was a 4x4.
I got a good increase in MPG I bet. Those straight sixes got the worst mileage I've ever seen.
 

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Well, it made the 35 mile trip home without a problem. The only new issue is a constant driveline vibration that I didn’t feel on the test drive. I’m gonna assume it’s due to the rear U-joint that’s about to fall out of the truck. That’s top priority on the repair list. The exhaust leak also got worse as I drove. That’s next. Turns out the fuel gauge does work, even though he said it didn’t. The tank was just dead empty when I picked it up. Thankfully I stopped at the first gas station I saw instead of just assuming I had enough. $20 later, it shows half a tank. It ran and drove fantastic the whole way, and has the best brakes of anything I’ve owned. I really look forward to taking care of the issues and driving the crap out of this thing.
 

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So about the clear coat to preserve the patina.....do you just not like the idea at all, or only the idea of gloss clear coat? There is an array of finishes available for clear, all the way down to a dull matte finish that would leave it looking nearly identical to what it is now, just protecting it from getting a lot worse and turning into rotting holes.
 

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I’m against anything that makes it obvious it was painted over. So mostly just against gloss clear. I know there are all sorts of finishes out there. And as long as it’s nearly impossible to tell that it was done, I guess I’d be ok with a matte finish. But I’d still prefer to leave it natural.
 

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You know...


Rust never sleeps. :(
 

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murse
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man that thing is sweet. the more i see it the more i like it. i love the bagged black one thats been seen all over.
 

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I paid $2200, which really isn’t too bad. He had it listed for $2500, and even after being for sale for a few weeks and me being the only one to contact him about it, he wouldn’t budge off $2200. Even after pointing out issues he didn’t tell me about. But I bought it, so I have no room to bitch.
OMG! That’s insane for this area,and I thought truck prices where high here! There’s a bunch of those down here tho in WAY better shape! but if you’re happy,that’s what’s important!
 

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Of course there is, because geography.

I'm more a fan of the older dent sides and bump sides but I do like this era Lightnings and the NITE optioned trucks. The I beam front suspensions sucks.
 

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I was never a fan of the F150’s. I liked the Rangers better. Had a few back in the day,and I agree on that suspension!

The rules of attrition do change here,but not much..junky vehicles still weed themselves out over time. I remember working on those trucks a lot as a kid!! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a Tempo or Escort of any vintage! Those where pretty junky cars! Good engines!! Everything else tho.. I LOVED my 91 Escort GT! Then again it was mostly Mazda with that 1.8 DOHC! I actually thought it was quick too!:haha: so embarrassing now..owning a Ford and enjoying owning it,then admitting it on a GM truck site is probably the equivalent of telling those one time in band camp stories..:haha:



never went to band camp btw. The wife did! And her stories are awesome!
 
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