I have a 1983 F150 4X4 short bed 4.9 300 inline, and I am starting to restore it. I bought it new in January of 1983. Rebuild on engine 1984 at 117,000 miles. Truck has 172,000 as of this date. The truck was given to my grandson because he wants to restore it in 2018. My wife told him when he was old enough to get his drivers permit that he could have Papaws truck. It was put in the barn and was left and he could not start work on it . It set about a year.
I went and got it couple weeks ago and brought it home. Wash and put in garage and started looking at things that I needed to do. Short of a total restore I need to replaced fenders cab corners and work on bed over wheels, It has be kept stock entire 36 years.
So, your truck is now back in your hands.
Do you have any experience with body work or welding?
With 50k on the engine it's hardly broken in.
You should go over all the rubber bits though. (brake hoses, cab and bed mounts, spring bushings and shackles, etc)
Check the steering components too to make sure it's safe.
For some things time takes its toll no matter how well cared for.
Lil'Red is a '87 F250 HD, 4.10's, 1356 4x4, Zf-5, 3G, PMGR, Saginaw PS, desmogged with an Edelbrock 1826 and Performer intake.
Too much other stuff to mention.
Well I have a welder played around with it some but don't have much experience. I have replaced brakes on it several times. Like I mention rebuild at 117,000 miles and is strong for 300. I have been checking to find fenders ,dash pad, cab corners, hub caps that fit 4x4 front. I really don't know how much I can do now just a work in progress. It will go back to my grandson at sometime.
Jim I have a stick welder not much experience . I have done brakes several times rebuild at 117,000. It will be a work in progress. Looking to replace the fenders first replaced fuel straps last week. The best is it's back home in the garage where I can do when I have the time. Thanks for any information that you have.