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Old 04-22-2011, 11:23 PM
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1983 Ford F350

Okay Guys,

I know this isnt axacctly a hotrod, but I have plans to haul my brothers 73 Charger with this thing. I have a 1983 Ford f350 dually 1 ton truck with a flat thick metal bed(used to be a welders company truck(he spared no expense on the thick gauge metal decking). It has a ford 400 manual 4 speed with 1st granny gear and 4:11 rear end. This thing is a towing MOSTER. My first Ford I have ever owned and so far am very impressed with its over all power and performance. My only problem is when I get it up to about 45mph this thing is all over the road. All most like it has a dead spot in the steering wheel and drifts to one side or the other, then it tryes to automatically overcorrect itself. Any normal things to look at?, tires are in very good shape but its a real fight to keep it in the road. Dont know if its alignment, steering box, or what. Looking for insight, is there any normal point of failures for this model? Need some real help Soon as I am about to have to start hauling a 24ft trailor with it. I really hope its just really bad out of alignemnt, but seems a lot more serious than this. Thanks for any real answers and I will be keeping a close eye on this post!! Thanks everyone for your wealth of knowledge. I have been singing the praises Hotrodders Bulletin to anyone who will listen....LOL

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Sounds like a lot of play in the gear box. but being that old ( especially a ford, sorry but it's true) i bet a lot of parts on the front end are wore out. Need to jack it up and wiggle the wheels back and forth and up and down feeling for any clunking. also check the bar that goes from the gear box with it on the ground and someone else moving the steering wheel, these get a lot of play in them. If it has the i beam suspension you need to check all those rubber bushings, but i'm guessing being a 350 it's a solid axle. I'm not ford expert though
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before you do anything have someone move the steering wheel from side to side while you look underneath at all the steering and suspension parts.
start at the steering shaft coming out of the column, and work your way down to the steering box, and right on down to the tie rods etc. out to the wheels.
after that look at the susp. and ball-joints.
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very very very common to have the radius rod bushings wear out and the axle beam bushings wear.

also king pins need regular love with grease or they will wear fast.

here is what the parts look like.


i have a 80 f350 srw with a 400 i replaced these items when i got the truck ive had it 2 years and its showing signs of wear again.

also with these trucks if the front springs wear enough the alignment gets way out of wack and gives funny handling due to the camber change with the lower stance
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Probably worn draglink bar or track bar bushings. JMO

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