June 15, 2004Where would be a good place to start as far as general information on restoring my old beast? I'm also looking for something that would tell me what parts are interchangeable with my truck. My truck is rather rusty and I don't know how much of it is worth saving rather than going with new or repro parts.
June 15, 2004I think your on the right track. The internet is a wonderful tool. If you could find someone who's built a truck like your's it would save you alot of heartache. I was fortunate enough to find someone and he's been a real help. My truck builder has extensive experience building F100's and although he's expensive his experience with f100's is invaluable. I've come up with alot of ideas and he's able to tell me if we can do it of if its not a good idea. I did a 68 F100 a couple of years back and learned alot of lessons. The truck came out great but I learned alot of expensive lessons. I would recommend blasting your truck down so you can determine exactly what your working with. Look up replacement panels it may be less expensive to just buy the panels. Most of the aftermarket panels are a little thinner guage when it comes to F100's but the sandblasting and repair process would have been alot more than buying replacement panels(fenders). Best of luck and I hope someone can help you a little more.
June 15, 2004Since your truck has a lot of surface rust you might want to look into getting it dipped. Blasting works great but there are going to be some spots the blaster can't reach. Also dipping won't remove any metal at all versus losing a minute amount with blasting.
As far as parts sources I would just search online and order every catalog you can find. Most are free and parts prices do differ from place to place.
June 16, 2004Thanks for the replies so far. I've spent a fair amount of time online looking for stuff and so far I've come up with a list of about 20 sites that carry parts for my truck.
As for blasting or dipping the parts, I think my brother-in-law either has a blaster or has access to one. I'm just afraid that once I blast it, the pieces will disintegrate. It truly is that rusty in places. I suppose that's to be expected from sitting in a field for the past 10 years.