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Ya'll may recall that once upon a time I had a 1978 2wd short bed crew cab. It was a truck that I bought for $300 bucks. It didn't run and was beat to crap. My buddies thought it was hilarious. Even after I got it running they laughed about it, unceremoniously crowning it "the Rolling Turd"

But I loved the dam thing. My Dad had a 79 4wd short box crew cab when I was a kid, and it was what fostered my love for these trucks.

I even made a post about it at one point in 2008 titled "Old crews are in my blood"
http://www.oldfordcrewcabs.com/phpBB3/v ... f=15&t=229

Unfortunately, as is often the case, life changed and I wound up having to sell the crew cab. I had put a lot of blood sweat and tears into bringing that thing back from the dead. But it was the right thing to do at the time. In 2010 I watched it drive away for the last time.

Of course ever since I have wanted another one. As time has gone on I have kind of lost heart in my pursuit of the old FORD crew cab because they are so rare and many that are left seem to have been plucked up and hoarded. The prices on these trucks have skyrocked over the past few years and I came to the conclusion that I would most likely never own another one.

Well, I was wrong.

This past Saturday I was finally able to track down the owner of a local truck I have had my eye on for years. We met, looked things over, agreed on a price and low and behold I am now the proud owner of a 1973 F-250 FORD crew cab.

Meet The Rolling Turd 2.0

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It's been 10 years, but I am no longer a poser.

1973 F-250 Crew Cab
1969 F-100
1996 F-350 Crew Cab Powerstroke
Previous rigs:
1978 F-250 crew cab
1994 Explorer XLT
1978 Bronco Ranger XLT
1981 F-100 shortbox stepside Ranger XLT
1994F-150 XLT S/C 4X4
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Good for you! I'm sure by the rust and dents, your wife is just as excited as you are. Don't worry, we are all happy for you and understand the beauty in your find.
Funny you mention Turd 2.0. I had a 1984 Ranger with 600,000-miles that my daughters called the Turdmobile. After I rebuilt the engine in my 4-door, they heard me cranking it over for the first time and came out to the garage to see what the noise was. Just then it shot a 2-foot flame out of the top of the carb and ever since then, my crew has been called the Flaming Turd.


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:lol:

1973 F-250 Crew Cab
1969 F-100
1996 F-350 Crew Cab Powerstroke
Previous rigs:
1978 F-250 crew cab
1994 Explorer XLT
1978 Bronco Ranger XLT
1981 F-100 shortbox stepside Ranger XLT
1994F-150 XLT S/C 4X4
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Awesome news that you are back to owning a crew cab!

I'm looking forward to seeing your posts as you start to dive into the projects you now have on your hands.


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Thanks. Projects is the correct word. :lol:
I'm looking forward to sharing it all with you.

1973 F-250 Crew Cab
1969 F-100
1996 F-350 Crew Cab Powerstroke
Previous rigs:
1978 F-250 crew cab
1994 Explorer XLT
1978 Bronco Ranger XLT
1981 F-100 shortbox stepside Ranger XLT
1994F-150 XLT S/C 4X4
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Hey! Good for you Orthmann! I seem to remember you saying more than once how you probably would never own another, glad you were wrong! He's back in the saddle...

I am Mouguluc. Why? Because I can't figure out how to change it.


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Congrats. Is that the one from by the freeway?

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mouguluc wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:49 pm

Hey! Good for you Orthmann! I seem to remember you saying more than once how you probably would never own another, glad you were wrong! He's back in the saddle...

You are correct, I did say that, on more than one occasion. I'm glad I was wrong too!

Kyle wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:04 pm

Congrats. Is that the one from by the freeway?

Thanks Kyle. Yes, it's the one you could see from the freeway coming into Union Gap.

1973 F-250 Crew Cab
1969 F-100
1996 F-350 Crew Cab Powerstroke
Previous rigs:
1978 F-250 crew cab
1994 Explorer XLT
1978 Bronco Ranger XLT
1981 F-100 shortbox stepside Ranger XLT
1994F-150 XLT S/C 4X4
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She's got a quiet dignity. A real survivor that needs a savior. What are your plans?

1959 F350 4x4 292ci 38's
1966 F250 Crew Cab 4x4 3.9 Cummins Allison 1000 8in 37's
1967 F250 Crew Cab Farm Truck 352 fe
1970 F350 Crew Cab Dually 390ci stroker
1978 Centurian 4x4 5.9 12v Cummins Allison 1000 8in 38's
1979 F150 Supercab Short Bed 302ci AOD
1985 Bronco 300 ci
1990 Bronco II 2.9 5speed
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1994 F150 Flareside 300 ci Mark III
1995 C350 Centurian 4x4 460ci 35's
2000 F350 Crew Cab Dually 4x4 7.3 PowerStroke Banks Power Pack 2in lift 33's
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Yes indeed.
Plans :?
Well, I have some ideas, but they are not anything that is likely to happen soon. For the time being I plan to clean her up, get her tuned up and running real good, replace some of the busted/missing stuff and then just drive it for a while.
Someday I'd like to convert it to 4WD, preferably a diesel conversion and a long bed. But that is all a long ways down the road.

1973 F-250 Crew Cab
1969 F-100
1996 F-350 Crew Cab Powerstroke
Previous rigs:
1978 F-250 crew cab
1994 Explorer XLT
1978 Bronco Ranger XLT
1981 F-100 shortbox stepside Ranger XLT
1994F-150 XLT S/C 4X4
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