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Rusty mess.....work truck with potential.

I have a 72 Ford 250 camper special ranger XLT with significant rust. The rust doesn't bother me too much at this time except for the cab supports. Is it feasible to jack the truck up at the support in order to close the widening Gap and then just weld some good steel to exposed solid steel on the sub frame? Mechanically the truck is pretty solid, and it seems kinda rare. I was considering patch welding all the rust in a utilitarian fashion and maybe just putting a protective coating on it; maybe clear above the belt line and truck liner below.

But the cab support is worrisome.

I also need a hood which I cannot find to save my life. I have heard that a hood from a same era medium duty truck/ bus would work.....

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Generally, once rust reaches that point on the cab you are farther ahead to replace the cab with a rust free version from out west or down south. depending on where you are located there a quite a few truck parts outlets that specialize in bringing rust free truck parts to the rust belt Midwest and East coast.

You can probably scab weld some support to anything solid enough to weld to, but don't consider it a long term fix as the surrounding sheetmetal tends to crack because it is now carrying the load differently than it was designed to....plus the rust keeps on growing.

Any 1/2, 3/4, or 1 ton truck hood from 1967-72 will fit your truck. Trim/chrome on the hood might be slightly different, but the hoods physically interchange.
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What part of the country are you in Pops?

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The reason I asked is there is a salvage yard in Woodbury, Tn that specializes in pick up trucks. It is a pretty good sized yard. They advertise having 1400 drive shafts in stock. It might be possible to find a cab within a day's drive.

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Sherman repair parts shows replacement front cab mounts for your truck
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The truck is sold.

I'm going to focus on the 78 f150


Thanks for the advice and insight everyone.
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