I'm new to the truck world but I've always wanted one and when I was ready I started looking around. I decided I wanted something unique that not everyone would have and was a real truck and that was when I came across the Flareside. Being in Florida everything I came across had rust so I searched for it all the way up to New York and I found it 1.5 his north of Atlanta so I flew up and bought it and I love it. It's a 1981 F150 Flareside with a rebuilt 351M dyno'd at 300HP with no frame rust.
Now I'm going to slowly restore it myself with getting larger jobs
done at shops. I know I'm going to need some help do I'll definitely be posting on here for help and directions. Looking forward to seeing everyone's Bullnose.
Welcome to the Bullnose Forum! That's a nice looking truck.
The M-block is my favorite engine family, partially because it is an underdog, but mainly because you can get so much power from a fairly small and light engine. And 300 HP from a 351M is a good case in point.
What size tires do you have? They look big. And what gears do you have to accommodate those tires?
I really like the step bars as they look identical to those I have on Big Blue.
So, show us some more pics. Tell us more about the engine, like what intake, exhaust, carb, etc. Transmission, transfer case, and gears.
Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/soon-to-be ZF5/3.55's & EEC-V MAF/SEFI
I'm a bit of a nut for the Flaresides as well. I have an '84 in mid-mechanical repair. Having my 302 rebuilt and hopped up, and swapping in a 5spd manual trans. I had a 1980 Flareside many years ago with a 351w and 4spd manual...and it was an itch that I had to scratch as an adult...lol.
Good luck with your new truck. I'd love to have a Flareside 4x4. I personally wouldn't call the 2wd Flaresides rare...not yet at least, but the 4x4 Flareside trucks are harder to find it seems.
In rehab: 1984 F150 2wd Flareside pickup. Original 302 with GT40 heads, Comp Cam XE256H, Holley 4bbl, and BBK shorty headers. M5OD-R2 5spd trans swap. Plain Jane with no A/C and no radio.