Introduction Zach 1981 F150 Flareside

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Introduction Zach 1981 F150 Flareside

Zach 1981 Flareside
I am Zach from Nashville, TN.  I have a 1981 F150 Flareside with 300 straight 6.  My father bought it new in 1980.  He drove it a couple years and sold it to my Grandpa, his dad.  My Grandpa drove it until he died in 2000.  My dad inherited it.  It was two tone brown originally but my dad painted it red in 2000.  My little sister drove it for 3 years when she was in high school, but bought a new car when she went to college.  It sat for about 5 years, my dad drove it a little just to keep it running.  He gave it to me in 2008.  I've been using it as my daily driver, along with a motorcycle.  

I never had any issues with it that I couldn't fix myself with a little youtube research.  I'm not a mechanic so I just replace parts when they stop working. I took it to the shop for new brakes.

I've been cleaning frame with wire brush drill attachments and painting it with por 15 products.  I replaced the shocks and leaf springs.  I have coil springs for the front but haven't put them on yet.  I replaced the mirrors with the original style ones that attach to door twice (pictures show plastic ones my dad put on it when he painted it in 2000).  I did some interior work, keeping it stock.  I put new transmission, clutch, flywheel, and bearing in it this summer.  

I am replacing to wood bed, my daughter and I were routing groves in the oak boards today.  It should be done in a few weeks.






Zach. 1981 F150 Flareside 300 straight 6 all stock except Tremec TKO 5 speed transmisson. Nashville TN.
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Gary Lewis
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Zach - Welcome!  That's a wonderful story.  As a grandfather myself, I'd love it if one of my grandkids took an interest in my truck.  And, by the way, two of them were born in Nashville.

You've done some work on that truck.  The gauges have been painted and look great, and a tach has probably been added as a Custom wasn't likely to come with one.  (I can tell it has been added as a tach would have come with a speedo that included a trip odometer.)

And the work on the bed is really well done.  Routing the boards is a nice touch.

Plus, I really like your helper!
Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

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/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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grumpin
Welcome!
Dane
1986 F250HD SC XLT Lariat 4x4 460 C6
1992 Bronco XLT 4x4 351W E4OD
1998 Suburban LT K2500 454 4L80E
2000 Nissan Xterra XE 4WD 3.3 RE4R01A
Oregon
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Zach 1981 Flareside
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I bought the tach on ebay over the summer and painted the needles.  Here is a before picture.
Zach. 1981 F150 Flareside 300 straight 6 all stock except Tremec TKO 5 speed transmisson. Nashville TN.
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I like the color matched gas tank!! Nice truck Zach. Bit of a Bullnose Flareside nut myself;).

Factory tach and painted needles sure do wonders for the clusters. They look like a million bucks after that.
1984 F150 4X2 Flareside. Mild 302 w/GT40 heads, BBK headers, Holley 4bbl, XE256H Comp Cam, M5R2 5spd swap, Magnaflow full duals. Fresh Medium Blue Metallic in August 2019.
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Gary Lewis
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Yes, the gauges really "pop" now.  
Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

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/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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grumpin
I like the anti theft club!

"Don't touch my bullnose!"
Dane
1986 F250HD SC XLT Lariat 4x4 460 C6
1992 Bronco XLT 4x4 351W E4OD
1998 Suburban LT K2500 454 4L80E
2000 Nissan Xterra XE 4WD 3.3 RE4R01A
Oregon
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Gary Lewis wrote
Yes, the gauges really "pop" now.  
They sure do. Interior looks really nice in this truck. A tip of the hat to them for keeping it so nice all these years.

It's hard to believe what a difference it makes to paint those needles and clean everything up.

Nice work there Zach.

Wood floor in the bed is looking very nice as well.
1984 F150 4X2 Flareside. Mild 302 w/GT40 heads, BBK headers, Holley 4bbl, XE256H Comp Cam, M5R2 5spd swap, Magnaflow full duals. Fresh Medium Blue Metallic in August 2019.