Big Blue

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I'm testing the gallery application on the forum.  I'd created one separately, but just learned that we can have one as part of the forum, so let's give it go.

Here's Big Blue after I got him home and washed & waxed him:




Here he is after adding the nerf bars:




Here's the winch installed:




And the front receiver:

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So this is the truck that was your Dad's right? So what is the history of this truck? ( do you have that posted somewhere else? )
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No, Dad’s truck is an ‘81 F150 4x4 which he bought from a friend that bought it new. It was originally used to to a travel trailer, even though the 351M was ...... gutless. However, with a few goodies, as shown in the signature, it put out 409 HP and 498 ft-lbs on Tim’s dyno. 😉  Anyway, there are several pages in this website devoted to it, and you get there by Documentation/Picture Galleries/Dad’s Truck. Below that there are pages about the engine, wheels, etc.

Big Blue is a 4x4 ‘85 XLT Lariat Explorer F250HD. He has a couple of pages on the website:
About Me/Trucks I Have Known/Big Blue
About Me/Trucks I Have Known/Big Blue/Documentation
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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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One of my favorite color combos for sure.
1988 F250 Supercab Longbed 7.3 IDI, C6, 1356, GEARVENDORS, 4.10 Sterling with autolocker


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Thanks, Ray. It isn’t pretty, but it is capable.
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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

Ray Cecil Ray Cecil
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I see the Big Blue's Transformation thread. 300+ pages. I don't have time right now to go through all them, but would love to see you update this photo album with just the latest photos of Big Blue.

I wish I could find a Warn winch bumper like that!!
1988 F250 Supercab Longbed 7.3 IDI, C6, 1356, GEARVENDORS, 4.10 Sterling with autolocker


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I'm not sure how much difference most people would notice from those pics.  The biggest difference is in the stance as the front came up 4" with the SAS/RSK.

But beyond that almost everything is changed.  Engine, transmission, interior, toolbox contents, bed and bed cover, etc.  You can get an overview of what's changed via the document embedded in the first post of the Big Blue's Transformation thread.  And, by the way, that document resides on my OneDrive so I can easily update it when I make a change, like the Koito headlight shells and Tungsram +120 bulbs that are on order from Daniel Stern.  When they've been installed I'll add them to the list.

So are you saying I should take a lot of pics and add them to this gallery?  I think the better place is in the gallery page I created for him on the Weebly site: Documentation/Picture Galleries/Big Blue.  I've already started toward that end as I have the As Acquired tab and then the Transformed tab.  But I should add a lot more pics and more tabs w/in the Transformed tab to show a lot of the details.  And the beauty of doing it on the Weebly site is that you can see a collage of pictures and pic the one you want to look at.

Thoughts?
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

Ray Cecil Ray Cecil
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Oh, I see. Tribal knowledge I've missed out on or forgotten. I didn't look at the first page of the transformation page, I went straight to the latest pages hoping to find updates. I would have found the weebly stuff to.

Well, its looking great Gary. Im a sucker for blue Ford trucks. If you ever find another Warn Winch bumper....you gotta grab that sucker. Not many of those around from what I can see.
1988 F250 Supercab Longbed 7.3 IDI, C6, 1356, GEARVENDORS, 4.10 Sterling with autolocker


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Thanks, Ray. It is basically done and I’m just finishing a couple of small things up now. Hopefully my son and I will take it overlanding in Jan or Feb - exactly what it was meant to do.
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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Gary,
Tried your Dad's Truck link, got 404.
Jeff / 1984 F-350 Crew Cab 4x4 5.8L/w351 4V 8' bed.
Restored 2019-2022.
Nicknamed «Big Brother 1984», due to its soooo-looong shape & nod to George Orwell's famous novel.
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Jeff - Which link do you mean?  I tried the one in my signature and it worked, so please let me know which one doesn’t work.
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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Gary, this link in your text:

«... and you get there by About Me/Trucks I Have Known/Dad’s Truck - Overview
Jeff / 1984 F-350 Crew Cab 4x4 5.8L/w351 4V 8' bed.
Restored 2019-2022.
Nicknamed «Big Brother 1984», due to its soooo-looong shape & nod to George Orwell's famous novel.
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Oh wow!  That got missed when we revised the menu.  There's no longer an About Me so there's no longer a Trucks I have Known.  But there is an overview on Dad's truck, so I revised the post above.  See if that works for you, Jeff.
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

BigBrother-84 BigBrother-84
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Yessir!
Going throughout «Documentation/Picture Galleries/Dad’s Truck» does the job.
👍
Thanks!
Jeff / 1984 F-350 Crew Cab 4x4 5.8L/w351 4V 8' bed.
Restored 2019-2022.
Nicknamed «Big Brother 1984», due to its soooo-looong shape & nod to George Orwell's famous novel.