The Motley Crew: White '97 OBS Crew Cab Build

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nubreed71

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Some of you might remember my last build, "White 1994 F-150 Sleeper Build" that turned out to not really be much of a sleeper after 5 years of building the truck. Just in case you haven't seen the build thread:


Well, after that one I tried a 2012 Raptor for a couple years, and while it was a cool truck, I think I just prefer the OBS stuff more. So that leads us to this one, a 1997 F-250 2wd with the 460, and 86.5k original miles. Since I can pretty much pinpoint the exact moment when things snowballed out of control with the '94 f-150, I've got a pretty clear plan for the build on this one. The plan is to stay stock width, stock fenders/bedsides, and end up on coilovers up front, and do some sort of revised upper shock mount with Deavers out back. Outside of that, I plan to have fun geeking out on all the little detail stuff and making this truck into a dual duty off-roader and family beach mobile.

Here's a few pics of the truck on the day I picked it up back in October. Overall the truck is in pretty nice shape for its age, needing just some basic cleanup work and maybe a little bit of paint/body work if I want to make it perfect.





 

bullnerd

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Pretty nice shape! lol! It looks brand new! You guys out west suck! That truck would be 20k on the east coast and you still couldn't find one without any rust.

Loved your sleeper build btw.

Good luck with your new truck....and keeping to your plan! lol!
 

nubreed71

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As I started pulling stuff off the truck from the previous owner, I was really stoked to see how clean the bed was...I don't think this truck had ever hauled anything very heavy judging by the condition of the sheetmetal in the bed. I also found an invoice taped to the backside of the liner from '97, so I suspect this liner was in there for the life of the truck.





I also started pulling all the body trim off the truck:



The next order of business was to address a whole bunch of stuff you couldn't really see, but from owning a number of OBS trucks in the past, I knew had to be done. I pulled the door panels and installed the solo door reinforcement plates on the front doors, along with some sound deadener in the doors, and swapped out the front and rear speakers. I also pulled the outside mirrors and door handles and hit the doors with some polishing compound to get rid of the dirt halos around the attachment points on the outside of the doors. Also, I had the rear drivers side power lock actuator swapped out while everything was apart, and I installed a front drivers side door panel reinforcement plate from OBS solutions, along with a fresh power window switch panel. Finally, I topped it off with the Dorman black metal handles.

Then once I had that all sorted out, I sent the truck over to a buddy for some maintenance stuff that I didn't wanna deal with, like an oil change, new plugs/wires, coolant flush, and new ignition module. I also had him swap in a new sag pump/bracket (Thanks Travis/S00TLYFE!) to get rid of the whiny ford PS pump.
 
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nubreed71

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Here's some pics of the new sag pump installed:



And while I was in there, I couldn't help powder coating the battery tray, adding some nice kicker battery terminals, and swapping in a fresh coolant overflow/washer fluid resi:







Then it was time to start cleaning up the inside of the truck. Here's the OEM steering wheel before, and after I had it re-wrapped:





I also pulled the gauge cluster to replace the bulbs with LED's, install a fresh cluster lens, and cluster bezel (because I broke the old one removing it, d'oh!). This also gave me a chance to start wiring up the switches for all my aux lighting.



Speaking of lighting, I grabbed a set of LED projector retrofitted headlights from Tony (TCMGLX), along with a nice little pile of parts from Autofab:



 
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nubreed71

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Here's the solo door handle reinforcement plates:


Definitely a must do!
 
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