As far as how to make the pic smaller, if you edit your post, you will see the code for the picture. Just add 'width=640' to the end of the picture code and the pic will be re-sized to fit our screens without scrolling.
If you took the picture on your phone, you can probably flip it right side up by selecting the picture and selecting 'rotate pic' and keep selecting until it rotates 180* one direction or the other, then re-post the flipped pic to your picture hosting site and it will correct itself on the forum post. Alot of work to go through, so just mentioning it for future reference!
In 2005 they did not offer the factory fifth wheel set up like you see on new models. I have a 2011 and I think that only started in 2012. The key to look for if you plan to tow is making sure you have the factory over load spring installed if you plan to pull anything real heavy.Ding ding ding ding! We have a winner! :)
x2, Ford did not make a gooseneck/5th wheel hitch prep package in 2005 model year.
It will be a very looooong drive in that truck from CA to TN, but it can certainly be done. Likely cheaper to ship it, since gas will cost a fortune at 10 mpg, or less.
Maybe you can be a customer on the 'Shipping Wars' TV show (on A&E, I think). :)
Truck camper on front half of a gooseneck flat bed tandem/dually or tripple/single axle trailer, with Jeep loaded on rear half of trailer, makes the most sense, financially and logistically. :)
Next best solution is get rid of dumb wife and flimsy pickup bed, put on flat bed and pull any fifth wheel you like, with no need to modify the trailer.
To wrap up this thread. I did make a purchase. 2013 F150 SCREW Cab, Ecoboost, MaxTow package, 4x4. Went from 280 pounds of torque to 420 pounds. Looking forward to taking on the hills now!Very nice truck, the best half-ton made today, bar none. :)
I had to get a new TV because my old TV would not pick up the signal from the antenna at the new house. Seems they changed the air broadcast format from analog to digital signal and my TV was made too long ago, before the change. So I got one of those new fangled flat screen TV's, actually it's used, but new to me. It recieves the digital signal and I can watch TV :).
Later I found a digital to analog converter at Radio Shack and hooked it up to the old TV. It works, but the signal is very weak after going through the converter box. It hardly gets any channels. Seems I should have bought the signal amplifier box they were selling right next to the converter box. :(
1979 F350 SuperCab Long Bed 2WD.
Pretty nice truck, needs paint, supposedly has a 460, Interior has been partially restored. Yea, its a running driving project vehicle.
Anyone know what the GVWR for these trucks are? This one is an XLT.. it will be an out of state purchase so I don't have direct access to the door plate right now.
I got to poking around on the internet to figure out this trucks "ratings" and found some pretty interesting numbers.
These are from 1978 so they should be pretty close for the 1979 F350 SuperCab Long Bed 2WD 7.4.
GVWR - 9200 lbs
GTWR - 9000 lbs (Conventional) 8500 lbs (fifth wheel)
GCWR- 17,300 lbs
I started to compare the ratings of the new SWR F350 and found that those numbers make this old truck look like a heavy half!
I'm not really asking a question here but I thought these were interesting facts to share.
JeremiahThose old Super Cabs were some very nice trucks. The '73-'79 body trucks are my favorite classic Ford pickup body style. :)
That truck should be longer wheelbase than F250 also. Spare tire in a compartment in the side of the bed.The truck the original poster got is an F350 Super Cab.
You're thinking of the F350 Super Camper Special, which came in regular cab, 2wd, 8' bed only. The wheelbase was 7 or 8 inches longer than a normal F150/250/350 regular cab long bed pickup. Yep, it came with the vertical spare tire compartment with removable door in the right side of the bed, between the cab and rear axle. The spare tire had to go there because of the rearward position of the rear axle made it impossible to put the spare under the truck behind the axle.
The Super Camper Special had 10,000 GVWR and an astounding 7400 RGAWR and 5000 lb payload capacity, made possible by it's extra heavy duty 'super single' rear tires and 16.5" extra wide rear wheels. It came only with the 390 or 460 and C6 auto or NP435 or T18 4-speed granny maunuals and Dana 70 rear axle. The truck was built on the F350 dual rear wheel cab/chassis frame and axle, with super-singles instead of duals, and a pickup bed. It was a very special truck, made only from '73-'79.
I would love to have a Super Camper Special some day. :)
I saw one going down the road a couple days ago, on the back of a flatbed wrecker, with an F150 step side of similar year stacked on top of it. Almost made me cry to see those 2 classic trucks heading to the crusher. :(
F350 Super Camper Special
Note the extra long wheelbase, access door in the bed side in front of the rear wheel, and you can just see the bottom of the spare tire sticking down below the access door.
Also note the extra huge rear tires and deep dish rear wheels, 3700 lb load capacity, per tire. Amazing for that era. Todays single rear wheel trucks can't even begin to compare. :)
Inside the Super Camper Special bed, with spare tire compartment visible protruding into the right side of the bed
Spare tire compartment door
Why not transfer the RV body from the 350 to the 450? Get the 6.0 running and you can avoid all the work of the drivetrain and electrical swapping. :)
If you want a very good '05 6.0 E350 cargo van, I'll be selling ours in near future. Had it since it was 3 years old with 13k miles. First owner was the company I worked for at the time. Has only about 50k miles on it now, if I remember correctly, and has never had a problem with the 6.0, or the 5R110 tranny, or anything for that matter. No rust anywhere either and body just about perfect shape. The van is in AZ. Would love to keep it but nobody drives it anymore and it just sits there costing insurance each month.
I can't swap the bodies. The E450 is a cutaway with a longer wheelbase. It's also a dually.
Your 2005 sounds like a nice van, but I probably couldn't afford it. I'm looking for a wrecked one to keep the cost down. Are you getting around 17 MPG out of that van?17 and sometimes better. :)
Such a shame to waste all that space under the camper.
I use two pieces of 4X4 to raise my camper with a thin box in between. The box is perfect for hoses, ladder, rope, etc.
I jack the camper up only 1/4" and then slide out the box and the 4X4s. In this way I can then simply drive right out. No need to lift the camper higher than necessary.
If you attach the spacers to the bottom of the camper, you need to raise it this much more to drive out from under.Good idea.
I dont see why the camper would have to be raised any higher to unload it, if the spacer is attached to the camper. Raise same amount as usual and drive out.
That's a pretty slick idea rbertalotto. Certainly eases the removal process. Do you put a 4x4 across the front to help spread the load? Does the "thin box" you have slide out to access all the stuff (so it is a 'drawer'?)
It isn't really an option for a camper that drops down after the 8' box part though.....there is very little clearance before it drops down on ours so stuffing stuff in there doesn't work. I have to put my side spacer boards in before I back under the camper unfortunately, and I can't slip any extra pieces longer than about 14" out there at the edges when the camper is loaded.
But it IS a shame to waste all that space. You could certainly use the space for a storage tank for water as well. Weld it up with stainless or aluminum? Think about this, a 4' x 8' x 3" volume is equal to 60 gallons of water! I've thought about doing that for my wasted space, but I'm hoping to lower my bed at some point and have a much bigger space to use (the camper still has to stay high to clear the cab of course.) Not sure exactly for what though :)When I worked in auto detailing years ago, there were many mobile detail trucks that used low, flat water tanks like that in the bottom of the truck bed, with a frame over top to hold the other equipment. Worked good to increase bed spaces, versus the tall tank behind the cab. Be sure to put baffles in the tank, to reduce sloshing about when partially full.
I had a rather expensive 1 1/2 by 3 frame made from light aluminium tubing on edge for mine. It was sprayed with Linux ..........Please do not spray it with Windows Vista or Windows 8.
Linux or almost any other flavor of Unix would be preferred.
Of course, you could use Linex, Rhino Liner, or buy a kit at your favorite auto supply store.Hahahaha!
Yes, you have a bent or overloaded axle. It is also possible that you have worn suspension components causing the problem on that axle.X2X3
Tires on both sides of the same axle wearing excessively on the outter edges is a sign of too much negative camber in the axle. This is most commonly caused by overloading the axle, which takes out the normal upward bow of the axle tube and instead bows it down, which changes the camber angle of the hubs.
Check the trailer for front/rear level when hooked up. Sounds to me like the hitch is too high and rear axle is taking too much load.
Other possibility is too much weight is loaded behind the axles, overloading the rear axle.