This is my first post here on the forums. I first want to say that you guys have an awesome wealth of information here, and from the threads I have been reading it seems like a good group of people too. Hats off to you guys.
I'm a construction worker who had his eyes peeled for a powerstroke until I stumbled upon a 78' F150 with a 4bt in it for sale. It was outside of my price range, but it got me doing my research and I soon discovered this site. I've been ghosting for about a week now, trying to figure as much out on my own as possible, however I've come up short when trying to dig for mid 70's fords...
For some reason the mid 70's Ford (6th gen bodystyle) just calls to me when I think about trucks. It'll be a year or more before I have the money to drop on a 4bt or 6bt to swap, but in the meantime I need a truck to drive and could get started on the interior renovation and any body work. However, as far as which of the three major ones would lend themselves most to a swap, I'm at a loss. I've been looking over F100's, F150's (1975+), and F250's. 4WD will be necessary for sure. I know that engine weight becomes an issue with regards to front suspension, and from what I gather it seems as though lifting the suspension a bit helps things clear on the bottom end (if I read correctly, a 4bt is 37" tall from oil pan to valve covers...that seems big)...this would leave me to believe that a F250 highboy might have a slightly easier time than a F100, no? Are there specific options in the mid 70's Fords that might be desirable in a swap? (brake options, transmission options, etc)
I know you guys probably get noob posts all the time. Rest assured I'm a pretty avid self-teacher...but some expert advice at this key point in the project would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!