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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-04-2013, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Ford highboy mods?

Im looking at a 77 400 c6 highboy and was wondering What mods would you do for Drive ability and looks?
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The best mod you can do is do what I did to mine.....throw that 400 away and replace it with a good 466, or bigger. It's a relatively easy swap. Just my opinion.

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6" suspension lift, 3" body lift, 35" tsl boggers paint it black, and put a 460 in it. done.

But I am a little biased, lol.

Granted this is a 79 but you get the jist

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They said it couldn't be done.......


So I didn't do it.
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Is that a true highboy? they changed over in mid '77. If it is a real highboy it will have a divorced transfer case, and low pinion front differential.
a popular upgrade is a power steering set up from a 78-79 F250 because the power assist they used on the highboys doesn't work very well.
As far as mods for looks, a nice set of wheels and 33 inch tires is all a 70's ford needs in my opinion.
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The power steering and a 429-460 swap and you have one of the best trucks Ford ever made.
You can put 35's on most highboys without a lift. I've had 33's and 35's on mine. Mine also started out as a 77 400 C6 combo. It's now a 429 4 speed with a 79 front clip.


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1979 F150
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I replaced the rag joint steering shaft assy. with a Borgeson shaft w/ needle bearing universal joints. One day I'll upgrade to this system and ditch the power assist unit, but this took out a lot of slop, especially since the factory bushed u-joint was shot.

http://www.benchworksteering.com/F250conversion.htm

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I replaced the rag joint steering shaft assy. with a Borgeson shaft w/ needle bearing universal joints. One day I'll upgrade to this system and ditch the power assist unit, but this took out a lot of slop, especially since the factory bushed u-joint was shot.

Yea the factory rag joint sucks. I went through so many of those out playing in the mud I always had a couple in my console. For the final fix I replaced mine with a small universal joint made for a racecar. A buudy of mine owns a raceshop. got it from him. Has been fine now for years.

They said it couldn't be done.......


So I didn't do it.
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