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Old 10-25-2011, 07:54 PM   #1
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OK.. So I think I might have this figured out after some testing! Forgive me if I fudge this!

I took some pictures of Matilda when I got home from work to share. Anything you see, notice or want to point out is APPRECIATED! Plus I just took pics of things I thought were cool... like this!



I found it the day I went to look at her and buy her! So cool to have that!!

Below are just exterior shots..














So from those pics, I feel like she's in pretty decent shape!?! Especially after someone just parked her for so long and let her sit? Or am I nuts and just in love? Give me you honest thoughts!
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:01 PM   #2
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Views of the backseat




Passenger side view



Drivers side view



Bad view of 4wd knob



Dash - She cam with blue shag carpet that was glued to the dash pad... UGH



Glovebox sticker



Jacking instuctions.. lol Inside the glovebox





My awesome floor mats!!! Think they are original??



Another dash view

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Old 10-25-2011, 08:05 PM   #3
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And now for the gray area for me... engine stuff and under the hood views..



















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Old 10-25-2011, 08:13 PM   #4
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Other interesting stuff...



I have no idea what I would ever do with this but evidently it might be important.. lol



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Old 10-25-2011, 08:16 PM   #5
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looks good bro
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looks good bro
Thanks! She clearly has lots to go before I get her perfect but she's still pretty darn awesome to me!
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:25 PM   #7
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well I can tell you this. You have a 351m/400 engine due to having 8 valve cover bolts. Seeing the catalyst sticker it says 5.8L so it should be the 351M series engine.

too hard to see what the carb is, but by the looks of the plug wires, I would give it a tune up. Plugs, wires, cap & rotor, fuel filter and fresh oil and filter.
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well I can tell you this. You have a 351m/400 engine due to having 8 valve cover bolts. Seeing the catalyst sticker it says 5.8L so it should be the 351M series engine.

too hard to see what the carb is, but by the looks of the plug wires, I would give it a tune up. Plugs, wires, cap & rotor, fuel filter and fresh oil and filter.
I just changed her oil 2 weeks ago! All by myself. I've changed it twice since I have had her! Those are the only two oil changes I have ever done.. lol

Thanks for the info on the engine.. Tune up is next.. Matt is currently looking for heads as well.. like I said, that's his territory not mine! I just get a lawn chair and or I just hand tools and while he and drinks beer.. lol
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Why would he want to replace the heads?
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Why would he want to replace the heads?

Because at least 2 of the sparks plugs are broke. One there is no bolt left and the other is stripped. He thinks that is the best way to fix it. He said someone did a slop job either putting them in or taking them out before?!?
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well heads are a cheap thing to find for these engines. unless you go something new like aluminum heads, which really are kind of a waste on a stock DD type engine, unless you have money to blow.
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well heads are a cheap thing to find for these engines. unless you go something new like aluminum heads, which really are kind of a waste on a stock DD type engine, unless you have money to blow.
I don't think we're going to do anything fancy to be honest. I bought her because she's big and safe. I was in a dinky vehicle before. She's my DD so I plan on doing everything I can to fix her in tip top shape for driving purposes but she will honestly probably never see a trail or anything crazy. Once she's running good and the major mechanical issues are fixed I plan on doing the cosmetic stuff which is where I will blow most of my income.. lol
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Looks like a pretty nice ride. How much do you have in it? Did you put the new tires and wheels on it? I bet you have some pretty good rot going on in the floorboards. Interior appears to be pretty much stock. Looks just like two of mine. If its been sitting for a long time empty the tank, put a new fuel pump and filter on.
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i like it! she looks to be in pretty good shape, just typical bronco rust in the rear quarters and tailgate from what i can see.
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now thats what i call "whorin"

she looks good
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now thats what i call "whorin"

she looks good
Explain the "whorin"?? LOL as a lady I might take that the wrong way.. but as a northern girl it makes me pee my pants and wonder if you mean me or the truck!? LOL I love her. My goal is to make her look great!
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Looks like a pretty nice ride. How much do you have in it? Did you put the new tires and wheels on it? I bet you have some pretty good rot going on in the floorboards. Interior appears to be pretty much stock. Looks just like two of mine. If its been sitting for a long time empty the tank, put a new fuel pump and filter on.

Thanks! I bought her for $1600. They were asking $2200. She started right up after not being used for "2 years" but we think way more. There is a lot wrong that needs to be fixed. We've done both hubs and breaks on the front, cd player and speakers, 2 oil changes, had the rear breaks cleaned and adjusted, radiator and transmission fluids drained and flushed. That's about it. I think she's kinda a miracle. But again I am biased! She makes me happy in a weird way that a vehicle hasn't before. The guy who sold her to me told me she was all original except for wheels and radio. I don't know how much of that I believe but again, she looks it so who knows.

You scare me with the floor board rot! :( My goal with that is pull carpet and rhinoline but if we encounter that, then well who knows!

My goal is to make her better then ever but that's going to be a long process. Hopefully I can make her so good she last long enough to pass her down to my future child. LOL My goal is a two tone paint job kinda like yours but white and the yellow tan color she is now.

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i like it! she looks to be in pretty good shape, just typical bronco rust in the rear quarters and tailgate from what i can see.
Her tailgate is a MESS!! When we open it, it has to be supported. LOL I put a sawhorse under her if I am unloading stuff.
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I was standing in my driveway so excited taking pictures because I thought of how much feedback or things I would learn about her! I couldn't stop taking pictures! LOL I've already learned so much. This is almost like a candy store of info.

Matt owns a Dodge Ram.. He's always got his face in the cummins diesel forum and this one too.. I used to get mad.. he opened this for me because he told me it would teach me a lot, I thought he was just trying to pass it off to buy himself more time but now here I am.. I like it and I kinda get it now!
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