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'77 Ford Pick Up

I would like to get some advice from some more experienced people. I bought this '77 Ford Pick-up over the weekend. It has a rebuilt 302 with a 3/4 racing cam. A rebuilt C4 transmission. The truck has bee sitting for a little while, but it runs really smooth. So my question may be simple, but I just want to make sure because I'm never dealt with a engine this old before. I want to take a pressure washer to the motor and get it clean up pretty good and see what's dirt and what's rust, so I can replace the rusted parts. I know I need to cover the carb of-course, but other than that, can the high pressure cause any other problems? If so, what would be a better way of cleaning this thing up? I tried attaching some photos but, the photos would'nt attach, but I will try again later.

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I have used a pressure washer on mine, just don't spray the timing cover seal, breather holes, carb or distributor directly. Use an air compressor to blow out the alternator when you're done and any water that collected in the low spots.
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At least plastic-bag the carb, distributor, alternator, starter solenoid (on the fender), the starter, and any breathers/filler-caps.
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Or sell it to me. My first wheels was a new 77 ranger XLT. 77-79 ford pickups were the best looking truck ford ever made if you ask me
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Or sell it to me. My first wheels was a new 77 ranger XLT. 77-79 ford pickups were the best looking truck ford ever made if you ask me
There's a guy down here selling a '76.
But we're so faarrrr away from you...
http://honolulu.craigslist.org/oah/cto/1767088450.html
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There's a guy down here selling a '76.
But we're so faarrrr away from you...
http://honolulu.craigslist.org/oah/cto/1767088450.html

does it come with pontoons?
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Only with an outboard motor.

Unfortunately, the truck can't swim.
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Thanks for all the input. Now for a more technical question. I want to install a manual choke because the previous owner told me that it was a little tempermental in the cold. Any suggestions?
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Thanks for all the input. Now for a more technical question. I want to install a manual choke because the previous owner told me that it was a little tempermental in the cold. Any suggestions?
Ok we'll serious up. Any thoughts about upgrading to an edelbrock intake and carb, say around 550 cfm ?Help get some A/F into the cam
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Actually, I had thought about removing the holley carb and going with a Edelbrock. Will that work better than a choke?
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Actually, I had thought about removing the holley carb and going with a Edelbrock. Will that work better than a choke?
PERSONALLY. I find edelbrocks more streetable. If that holleys sat for a long time it will have some dried out parts. Thats way less of an issue with edelbrock
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No offence to the elderbrock carb guys but for me they never last that long. if you can tune a holley it'll be the last carb you buy in my opinion. the only problum is there very hard to tune and finding a good used one is near impossiable. alot of people who cant tune one find very intresting and destuctive ways to make them work like grinding off things or drilling holes where they dont need to be. the good thing is thuogh that holley has started pretuning carbs now for difrent applications and most of the time you can pull one straight out of the box and bolt it up set the idle and your good. again this is just my opinion.
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