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    FLFrank's '35 Hot Rod Truck Build

    Delivery expected in the 2nd half of July

    BluePrint Ford 306, EFI, automatic trans
    Powdercoat frame, satin black
    7S 28 spline 38.50" driveshaft
    Black leather faced bench seat upgrade
    3-Link rear suspension
    Platinum 6 gauge set
    Sound insulation kit + Dynamat
    Chrome tilt steering column
    EFI in-tank fuel system
    Electric steering
    Air conditioning
    Wood bed kit
    Aluminum interior door handles
    8.8 rear axle housing w/TOP 3-Link
    HR 11.65" rear brakes
    Second brake reservoir
    Diamond-plate firewall
    Open engine compartment
    Anti-lock brake system?
    Wheels: Amer. Racing Authentic Hot Rod Sport Muscle Nitro 5?
    Paint: Probably metallic red (like the SMG truck)
    Last edited by FLFrank35; 06-12-2019 at 10:04 AM. Reason: Edited list.

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    IMO you should delete the seat track. You cannot move the seat forward or back. It only fits in one location.

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    Wallace18, thanks for the heads up! I didn't consider that; I guess I'll take that off the order. I was thinking of different sized drivers, possible future owners. I sat in the hot rod at the build school but couldn't get a feel for pedal operation and seat placement. I guess I'll figure it out when the time comes.

    Side note...I see you're in Alachua. I have a Hunter 356, which is/was built in Alachua...Do you happen to work at Marlow-Hunter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLFrank35 View Post
    Wallace18, thanks for the heads up! I didn't consider that; I guess I'll take that off the order. I was thinking of different sized drivers, possible future owners. I sat in the hot rod at the build school but couldn't get a feel for pedal operation and seat placement. I guess I'll figure it out when the time comes.

    Side note...I see you're in Alachua. I have a Hunter 356, which is/was built in Alachua...Do you happen to work at Marlow-Hunter?
    No I am retired from GRU. Here is my truck build thread. Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions.

    https://thefactoryfiveforum.com/show...Hot-Rod-Pickup

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    Agree on delete seat track. With seat all the way back, it would still be tight for a child.
    Ralph

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    My kit finally arrived!

    Finally got my truck last Thurs (Aug 1). Did inventory in 3 days; found a few missing parts, but what took the most time was trying to figure out what some parts were...although I learned a lot about the parts. Also, got the engine and trans.

    Took some of the bare-metal parts to the powder coater today...said they should be ready in a day or two.

    Any suggestions on were to get headers for the BluePrint Ford EFI 306 (w e-power assist steering) to mate with the FFR exhaust pipes??

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    Sorry, would have posted more photos but some are turned 90 degrees and I can't figure out how to re-orientate them.

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    Summit is a good place for headers.

    https://www.summitracing.com/parts/b.../model/mustang

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    I assume the FL in FLFrank is because you’re in Florida. I’m located just north of Tampa. If you’re close, I can offer help turning wrenches. I’m planning on getting my own kit, but probably a couple years out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLFrank35 View Post
    Finally got my truck last Thurs (Aug 1). Did inventory in 3 days; found a few missing parts, but what took the most time was trying to figure out what some parts were...although I learned a lot about the parts. Also, got the engine and trans.

    Took some of the bare-metal parts to the powder coater today...said they should be ready in a day or two.

    Any suggestions on were to get headers for the BluePrint Ford EFI 306 (w e-power assist steering) to mate with the FFR exhaust pipes??

    IMG_2607.JPGIMG_2611.JPG
    Sorry, would have posted more photos but some are turned 90 degrees and I can't figure out how to re-orientate them.
    I had some pictures with same issue. You can open them in paint program, rotate and save. Good luck with your truck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty Chief 35 View Post
    I assume the FL in FLFrank is because youíre in Florida. Iím located just north of Tampa. If youíre close, I can offer help turning wrenches. Iím planning on getting my own kit, but probably a couple years out.
    Thanks for the offer. Iím over on the east coast near Melbourne. If youíre ever in the area, stop by and check it out.
    It took me a couple years from considering building my own truck to ordering the kit.

    Cheers,
    Frank

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    Hi Frank,
    I'm in Port St Lucie with my truck. Mechanical done, just started bodywork phase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DamnYankee View Post
    Hi Frank,
    I'm in Port St Lucie with my truck. Mechanical done, just started bodywork phase.
    Youíre a little over an hour away...Iíll have to stop by when I get a chance (if thatís ok).

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    Yup anytime !

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    Got the control arms powder coated and assembled...



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    Hey Frank, I'm also in FL - Fort Lauderdale; My kit is due to be shipped next week; similar to yours; other than Blueprint 346 (Carb). manual, fenders etc, Wilewoods, Moser rear end, 18' wires by Wheelsmith.
    Be interesting to compare note as we progress.

    Also wondering about headers

    Good luck.

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    Sounds good! These headers from Summit were recommended to me...https://www.summitracing.com/parts/bbk-15150/

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    Following!!! Looking forward to seeing the build!!
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    Got the shocks assembled. One question for anyone out there...The manual says the front shocks are supposed to be 2.5" shorter than the rear, but mine are all the same length. Did I get the wrong shocks or am I supposed to adjust them to the proper lengths? Thanks in advance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLFrank35 View Post
    Got the shocks assembled. One question for anyone out there...The manual says the front shocks are supposed to be 2.5" shorter than the rear, but mine are all the same length. Did I get the wrong shocks or am I supposed to adjust them to the proper lengths? Thanks in advance!
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    I had the exact same question, I never received an answer.

    Zach

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    Dan Golub from FFR says the truck uses all 4 same size shocks.

    Next question...
    In attaching the 3-link suspension, the manual says attach the lower control arms to the center (out of 3) hole on the frame. I have 4 holes...Which one? Either of the center holes? Depending which ride height I want?

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    Last edited by FLFrank35; 09-04-2019 at 01:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLFrank35 View Post
    Dan Golub from FFR says the truck uses all 4 same size shocks.

    Next question...
    In attaching the 3-link suspension, the manual says attach the lower control arms to the center (out of 3) hole on the frame. I have 4 holes...Which one? Either of the center holes? Depending which ride height I want?

    3 hole.png 4 hole.jpg
    Yes, just make sure your pinion angle is correct once you are finished before you drive it.

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    Ok, thanks for the advice! I did eventually notice that the two bottom holes are too small for the bolts, so that narrows it down the the two top holes. I chose the lower one to raise the ride height.

    I had a hell of a time getting the control arm eye-bolts and spacers installed in the frame brackets...it's a VERY tight fit. Still have to install the shocks...Any suggestions on how to make this easier?

    Thanks!

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    I made a spreader spacer tool out of some threaded rod and nuts and bolts to force the ears out if they were too tight. Had to use them in multiple places on the build: front suspension and rear.
    You have the newer frame, I have the early frame, so I had to follow your first picture.
    Ralph

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLFrank35 View Post
    Ok, thanks for the advice! I did eventually notice that the two bottom holes are too small for the bolts, so that narrows it down the the two top holes. I chose the lower one to raise the ride height.

    I had a hell of a time getting the control arm eye-bolts and spacers installed in the frame brackets...it's a VERY tight fit. Still have to install the shocks...Any suggestions on how to make this easier?

    Thanks!
    You can also use a large crescent wrench to spread the ears slightly.

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    Thanks for the advice guys!!

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