Big green turd. The do all f100


Sep 19, 2022
This is my 71 f100 factory shortbed 4x4. Built to do a little bit of everything.
I bought it in 2017 to tow my baja bug but still be capable enough to recover the baja if it broke.
It was a 4 speed granny low 300 i6 single speed transfer case, rear lsd on a 4 inch lift with 31s. manual steering manual drum brakes. It got a staggering 14 mpg


At one point the baja was broken ended up towing a friends baja out with my trailer and just using the truck for the weekend

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As i started using it more I decided a camper shell was a good idea.
cabover camper plus blown out shocks = slap wheelies up hills

After a season with the bug I found myself only going out with jeeps so I sold the bug and started using the truck. or at least that was the plan.
I was doing some minor trail near my house got it high centered on the front diff. got out to look and it started rolling backwards. I was running next to it trying to hit the brakes until I noticed the truck come up and I dove out of the way. It turned up an embankment and flipped onto the drivers side rolled all the way back onto its wheels and somehow stopped.
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I sourced a cab, found a good deal on some 78 3/4 ton axles and transfer case.
I welded the stock axle wedges (early bronco style) onto the new axle
I was given a cj7 saginaw power box that I mounted to the frame.
The truck now had power steering, power brakes, front dual piston disks.
at one point I put a 4 barrel carb on the 6 cylinder dropped mpg to 11 or so bit more top end power but lost some low end response.
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the bed was salvageable as were both front fenders
cab hood doors and core support were replaced.
Then I wanted some rollover protection and the use of a utility rack
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I needed a spot to sleep when camping so I built a pvc frame to work in conjunction with the rack to hold up a canvas tarp.
This setup was inconvenient and time consuming to set up. but decently comfy
As the build progressed the group I was going to the desert with stated to have faster more high speed setups. (3 door suburban 4x4 on ibp coilovers linked front and rear) (streched yj coilover bypass all around).

Basically I was running out of suspension so I came up with a way to pull more travel while keeping it all under the bed. (it comes through like 2 inches)
pushrods to a moving upper shock mount. so the shock drops as the axle drops. pulls 14 out of an 8 inch shock comes through the bed about an inch at full bump and bumps in the stock frame location. I was worried that it might have a digressive ratio but it stays very consistent. I also relocated the rear shackle hangars and put a long travel shackle on. Atlas leaf springs were added later.
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Now that the rear had suspension I found myself running out of front suspension.
Bounced so much i broke a distributor
I did a a pillar built into the rack that mounts into the rock sliders
then built a set of tube towers and extended the stock radius arms
14 inch shock at a 1:1 ratio bumps at the stock frame.

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Radius arms were a 1.75 .120 wall chromoly tube sleeved into the stock arm.
I saw the stress riser and figured it would be okay

I was wrong Snapped in half at the stress riser.
strapped it back together limped it back to camp about a mile and did some plates to get me home.
I added a 2nd 1.75 .188 wall dom tube under that similar to an i beam radius arm and plated them together
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Some flex tests the front binds pretty good because its a radius arm setup but it keeps on road driving tolerable
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In the beginning of 2021 I took a road trip from san diego to auburn/sacremento area to a cabin then to chico. from chico over tahoe and down the 395.
I got about 8 mpg and the truck was running horribly at altitude.
After that trip i went with a holley sniper on the 300 but that only improved minorly and I went with a stock roller block 5.0 truck cam truck heads .040 over.
I bumped the truck to build motor mounts and notched the pan a bit for axle clearance to get it as low as possible.
When i added the new block the old clutch linkage wouldn't work so I custom made brackets to use factory 80s ford parts. napa special
fuel pump is also an factory spec f150 pump

I skipped over any interior mods in this part ill do another post about that.
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Currently redoing the lower tubes behind the cab for more clearance and some more triangulation for roll saftey
just finished welding a custom baffled gas tank to go behind the rear axle. around 30 gallons
need to mount it but im not sure how im going to go about it.
need to make a spare tire swing gate off the rear bumper
need to make a transfer case skid.
I also have a zf5 waiting to go in.

If anyone wants to see more of a certain aspect let me know


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What are these, pictures for ants?
love a rowdy F100 though, can't wait to be able to actually see something :ROFLMAO:
Really cool evolution! Can you post a bigger/more pictures of the rear suspension? It looks like something pretty different but I can't quite tell what's going on there.
Yeah when i get some spare time ill try to get better photos. And a few more of the rear suspension.

In the past week or so i have been working on rebuilding part of the rack.
More cab clearance and better load transfer/ rollover saftey.


As seen here the old design hit the cab and beat it up pretty bad.
I plan on removing the rack to get sandblasted and finish welding it.
most of the tube work on the truck is tigged but I usually mig everything to the frame

I cut the old b pillars out and bent new ones with a steeper bend.

quite a bit more cab clearance possibly even enough to remove rear window with the rack on.

Last 2 photos are the completed "x" doesn't hurt visibility much.
I was thinking about welding the tube running along the front of the bed rail to the "x" where it crosses over.
Im pleased with the look. I removed the expanded metal on the rack for now. Im not sure if I will put it back on. If I do it will have to be spaced up 1/4 inch or so because of cab clearance.


My next step is to Start working on mounting the fuel tank/cell

All aluminum .090 30 gallon internally baffled with a sort of sump design.
external pump designed to be sealed and maintenance free.
Still have to weld a few vents and a fill cap on it.
Gonna use 1/8 x 2 flat strap to to make a cradle that somehow bolts to the frame
gonna use some thinner material to strap it to the fuel cell cradle. 1/4 inch skid on the subframe to protect the cell.
I plan on using some 1/8 or 1/4 inch rubber mat of some sort to act as vibration isolators between the cell cradle and the cell itself. good idea?

Got the truck out for thanksgiving.
Overall pretty good

Got about 13mpg on the way out 80 miles approx 6 gallons. Loaded with 3 dirt bikes out I8 to ocotillo.
Having a locked rear end plus the v8 really improved drive ability in washes.

Razor chop was really bad. Truck does the best in small whoops but doesn’t do well in washboard or razr chop. 20psi in the tires might need to change up valving a bit.

Last day out there I started noticing a stiff clutch and a bouncy gas pedal.
Drivers side motor mount was tearing off the frame.
(When I built it I thought it was a bit to horizontal to be really strong)
You can see the crack forming at the top of the mount

Ended up being good enough to make it home.
Gonna bend it back into place reweld it then probably do some gussets under and over it to spread load.
Might also add a tube from a
Side to side under the oil pan
I've been trying to find an excuse to do a floating shock setup like that since Clodzilla RC car days. So rad!
Finally remembered to take some pics of the rear suspension
It’s a 2x2 .188 wall tube that has a pushrod
At the end of it that makes it drop or compress with the axle.

The upper shock mount is mounted to this tube to give it a better motion ratio.
As the wheels drop so does the upper shock mount
I played with location of the shock for about 2 days when building it trying to get the best spot.
Overall the ratio is about 2:1
And it’s a pretty static ratio throughout the travel. Everything was done with a tape measure so I’m not sure on exact ratio numbers or if it’s slightly digressive or progressive. When I cycled it it stayed about 2:1.

8 inch shock 14 inches at the wheel
Only used about 7 inches of shock travel.

At full bump it comes through the bed about an inch maybe 2.
I think I could taper cut the 2x2 tube and fully clear the bed.

Due to space constraints they are mounted pretty far inward less roll control but might improve flex a bit.

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Also got a few better pics of the front suspension.
Rewelded the motor mount
Motor mount had cracked at the top and the bottom of the welds.
Pushed it back to where it was and rewelded it
Added some triangle gussets up top.
Still not super satisfied might pull the motor and redo it.

Front suspension is extended radius arms
Jeep wrangler steering box.
Tied it into the a pillar that’s tied to the rock slider.
The a pillar is still pretty wobbly needs some gusseting


Also got the rack painted and lights mounted.
Made the mistake of putting floods on the roof so they don’t really work to well.
Need to swap to spot pods.EFA2E42F-E13F-4BBD-A65F-04D00A065BC9.jpegC29CFC46-7881-4C06-9BF2-D1448D5D752B.jpeg


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