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Old 12-26-2012, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bought me a rollback for $3500. Think i got a pretty good deal. Older 1980 model but has a aluminum bed on it and runs fine. Good inspection and like new tires. I did put the new stainless hubcaps on it. And its a FORD of course.

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Old 12-26-2012, 07:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks like a good race car hauler to me! Nice score.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Looks like an '87 or newer. Nice find. 460 or 7.3 diesel?
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It's a 1980 and hate to say it but has a 360 motor with granny gear 4-speed. Has plenty of power though. Bed rolls back good and winch works great. Pulled a car up on it the other day. Had no suspension front or back and was no problem at all. If i ever need to put a motor in it it would probably be a 460. I think the bellhousings bolt up the same but not for sure on that.
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Wow,,,what a score ! That truck should give you years of service.

I'm with bartl, you sure thats an '80? I dug my pics out of my '88 i drove from '90-2008, and they look virtually identical, i.e, headlights,fenders,hood,bumper,grille....look at the VIN and see what you have,,,,just a thought.

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Old 12-27-2012, 06:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Nice looking truck! Are you sure it's a 360? I thought the last year for the 360 (which is an FE motor BTW) was 1976 or maybe '78. I'll bet you have a 370 which is a 385 series, if this is the case a 460 should indeed be a bolt in.
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Bet they changed the cab out- I have a buddy that did that w/ an 85ish GMC, then he installed an 07 gmc cab. Damn I wish I woulda found dat- (like I need more cars)

Funny story- when my buddy came to pick up the 65 coupe for me- the flywheel /starter wouldn't engage- this was after letting the bed down and blocking the entire apartment bldgs parking lot. He couldn't get it to catch after manually rotating the flywheel- So after careful consideration (yeah right) I chained my taurus SHO to the front of the rollback- dragged him out of the parking lot, onto a hill where we rollstarted it. (wish I had a pic of that) It was a V8 auto SHO- tranny was weak- now its weaker (but it might be worth bragging rights)
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Even if the cabs have been changed out, the VIN will still be in the upper corner Driver Side at the dash. It will confirm if you indeed have a '87 or newer cab....just a thought.
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Pretty sure it's an '80... The title says 1980 and matches the Vin # starts with a F37G. Don't really know how to decode the later vins. I think the truck's had about the same look up front with the flat headlights. etc. All the way from 79 up until '92. Then they started with more of the rounded headlight like on my '92 pick up.
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Nice looking truck! Are you sure it's a 360? I thought the last year for the 360 (which is an FE motor BTW) was 1976 or maybe '78. I'll bet you have a 370 which is a 385 series, if this is the case a 460 should indeed be a bolt in.
Pretty sure it's a 360, has a 2-V carb.. The guy said he changed the motor in it before i got it. It has one of those emission tags on the valve cover that says 360. Looks like a Cleveland but know its not. Will a 460 bolt to a 360 bellhousing I wonder.

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Even if the cabs have been changed out, the VIN will still be in the upper corner Driver Side at the dash. It will confirm if you indeed have a '87 or newer cab....just a thought.
I'll check that on the dash. How do i tell by the vin code what year it is.? Is there a way to decode it like on the early mustangs.
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Pretty sure it's a 360, has a 2-V carb.. The guy said he changed the motor in it before i got it. It has one of those emission tags on the valve cover that says 360. Looks like a Cleveland but know its not. Will a 460 bolt to a 360 bellhousing I wonder.
The bell housing bolt paterns are different on FE's and 385 series engines, you can keep the trans but just swap the bell housing.
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I'll check that on the dash. How do i tell by the vin code what year it is.? Is there a way to decode it like on the early mustangs.
Try this:

VIN Number Decoder offer to you by Ford Trucks Enthusiasts | www.ford-trucks.com
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:23 PM   #14 (permalink)
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The front end's definitely not a 1980 as I had one for 10 years and they look like this....



If the running gear is 1980 and it's a gas engine then it's either a 351M, 400M or 460, the 460 being the only one with a 4V. '87-91 would have had a 5.8 or a 7.5 (460), both with EFI.

This is a shot of the 1980 instrument cluster:



...and the '87-91 cluster:



Here's a shot of the 400M-2V:



...which is basically a 351C with Windsor-sized journals and an additional inch of deck height.
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