August 3, 2023

1988 Ford F250

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The Ford Super Duty (also known as the Ford F-Series Super Duty) is a series of heavy-duty pickup trucks produced by the Ford Motor Company since the 1999 model year. Slotted above the consumer-oriented Ford F-150, the Super Duty trucks are an expansion of the Ford F-Series range, from F-250 to the F-600. The F-250 through F-450 are offered as pickup trucks, while the F-350 through F-600 are offered as chassis cabs.

Rather than adapting the lighter-duty F-150 truck for heavier use, Super Duty trucks have been designed as a dedicated variant of the Ford F-Series. The heavier-duty chassis companents allows for heavier payloads and towing capabilities. With a GVWR over 8,500 lb (3,900 kg), Super Duty pickups are Class 2 and 3 trucks, while chassis-cab trucks are offered in Class 3, 4 and 5. The model line also offers Ford Power Stroke V8 diesel engines as an option.

In 1958, Ford introduced the Super Duty engine family as a big-block V8 engines for trucks, offers in 401, 477 and 534 cubic-inch displacements. The largest-block V8engines ever built by Ford Motor Company, the Super Duty engines were the largest mass-produced gasoline V8 engines in the world (for road-going vehicles).

In response to the changing demographics of pickup truck buyers during the 1980s and 1990s, as part of the redesign of the F-Series for the 1997 model year, the model family began a split into two model families, introducing the 1997 Ford F-150 as the first of two distinct F-Series lines. While still functioning as a full-size pickup, the F-150 adopted car-like aerodynamics and convenience features to expand its appeal among consumers. To appeal towards commercial and fleet buyers and owners who tow, the F-250 and F-350 were developed as a separate, dedicated heavy-duty truck platform (in place of using one platform for all of its trucks). By expanding the model line into two separate but related platforms, the inevitable compromises inherent in offering a wide range of load-carrying capacities were avoided.

This truck came in for a brand new paint job and rebuild the engine.

Beginning the teardown process for media blast.

Removed the core support and have begun removing the interior.

The bed and doors have been removed.

The fenders have been removed.

We have completely removed the cab from the chassis.

Post media blast review of the cab, bed, doors, fender and hood.

The cab and doors have been epoxy sealed after being media blasted.

The chassis has been primed in the paint booth.

We have the cab up on the rotisserie to begin the body work.

There were 2 spots we cut out due to rust.

Doing some bodywork on the roof of the cab.

There were a couple of dents on the rear of the cab that we pulled out.

Continuing with the bodywork on the cab.

We have completed the bodywork on the roof.

We have welded in patches where the rust was cut out.

We have repaired cracks in the firewall cowl.

We have moved the cab into the paint booth to be sprayed with primer.

The cab has been primed and we are doing the final block sanding.

Removing old insulation and heat mat from the cab floorboards.

Beginning to rebuild engine, installed header gasket, fuel pump, oil pump, cam shaft and oil filter housing.

Oil pan, timing cover, rear main seal and rear cover installed.

We have removed the complete rear-end to replace with a brand new one.

The second header, lifters and keepers are being installed.

Intake manifold and valley pan installed

We have gotten the engine painted black.

We are doing some final sanding before we prime.

We have moved the cab and hood in the paint booth for the final prime.

Final block sanding before we paint.

The new rear differential has been delivered, we will be installing the brakes next. 

The new brake on driver side has been completed and the passenger side is almost complete.

We have gotten the rear axle reinstalled on the chassis.