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PostPosted: February 13, 2018, 8:27 pm 
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Thought I would start a build thread on my truck. Starting point is a 1966 F100 Camper Special, 352, automatic, 8’ bed. End goal is a short bed, 4x4, mostly original looking but with power steering, better brakes, a newer fuel injected engine, and maybe an automatic with overdrive. The plan is a truck I will drive and use but since I have a company work truck, even my current daily driver isn’t really a daily driver, more of a weekend driver. This will be a long term project likely spanning several years but I figure I may as well start somewhere with pictures and progress.

A little background on me. My dad bought a 1966 F100, swb, CC, when I was five years old. I grew up with that truck, it was the first pickup I drove and I drove it in HS. Over the years I’ve had Ford pickups from 1960 up to my current 2005 F150, Rangers to F350s, 460s, Power Stroke. You could sorta say I like Ford trucks. So any way here is the starting point….

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PostPosted: February 13, 2018, 8:39 pm 
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Some more history on the truck. Was told it spent most of it's life in the CA high desert, the only body rot are the cab corners and the cab center braces, both were filled up with dirt. Certainly not a North East truck. I bought it in Ohio in December of 2016 and hauled it home to Pennsylvania. The guy I bought it from drove it from the West coast to Ohio.

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PostPosted: February 13, 2018, 10:28 pm 
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Nice looking truck. I will be following your build up of the short bed 4x4.

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PostPosted: February 14, 2018, 7:20 am 
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Bill,

Nice truck, looking forward to watching your build progress.

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PostPosted: February 14, 2018, 9:44 am 
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I have a shortbed 66 with a 4 speed and now as 390. Way more motor than it needs and have thought about automatic and 351w . Most of the setups I've seen in later broncos and such, the transmission and transfer case are far to long. I would say, that your looking at a C4 transmission and transfer case out of an early Bronco to make something that will fit into a short truck. Problem with that is the C4 does not hold up real well from what I've heard. As is, I am presently buying a 78 Bronco frame with front and rear ends plus power steering box, to do my conversion to power steering. My only problem, I'm worried about is gear ratio to match the one in my truck as it sits. This only concerns me as I want to retain the original Dana 60.2 rear axle. You might want to rethink your plan to include buying a complete bronco or truck frame with what you want, and swap the body to it.


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64 f100 wrote:
I have a shortbed 66 with a 4 speed and now as 390. Way more motor than it needs and have thought about automatic and 351w . Most of the setups I've seen in later broncos and such, the transmission and transfer case are far to long. I would say, that your looking at a C4 transmission and transfer case out of an early Bronco to make something that will fit into a short truck. Problem with that is the C4 does not hold up real well from what I've heard. As is, I am presently buying a 78 Bronco frame with front and rear ends plus power steering box, to do my conversion to power steering. My only problem, I'm worried about is gear ratio to match the one in my truck as it sits. This only concerns me as I want to retain the original Dana 60.2 rear axle. You might want to rethink your plan to include buying a complete bronco or truck frame with what you want, and swap the body to it.


The 78 Bronco used a C6 and a NP205 transfer case in a much shorter wheelbase than a short bed pickup. I've actually already got a 78 F150 4x4 that's donating it's 4x4 system. I've got the complete truck but have never been a fan of the 351M engine that it has and would kind of like to go with EFI. Gear ratio in my truck is 3.50 and the same in the 78 so I can use either rear axle but kind of thinking I'll keep the narrow 66 rear but we'll see. I actually converted a 60 short bed to 4x4 years ago. 460, C6, and a divorced transfer case; all fit into the shortbed wheelbase.
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PostPosted: February 14, 2018, 7:37 pm 
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The truck sat for about a year after I got it until a few months ago. I pulled the bed off to shorten it. To go from an 8' bed to a short bed requires 14" out of the front and 6" in the back. Also needed to take 14" out of the toolbox. All cut and welded back together, when the weather gets better I'll sand blast it and give it a coat of epoxy primer before filler over the welds and a few minor dents. Pictures are in no special order.

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PostPosted: February 14, 2018, 7:40 pm 
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some more of the bed...

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PostPosted: February 15, 2018, 8:48 am 
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Nice work .

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64 f100 wrote:
Nice work .


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