Old truck and a brake controller

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  1. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    We bought a 1977 F250.
    Just because I guess, because we didn't need it.

    At sometime I'm sure it will see pop up towing duties.

    It has an old Energizer brake controller mounted in it, not sure why because there is no 7 pin plug and the blue (brake?) wire is capped near the back of the truck.
    In the midst of sorting out the hack job trailer light wiring at the back of the truck now, and wondering if it just wouldn't be easier to start over.

    I have the P3 controller in the 4Runner, and simply bought a bracket and harness for the Armada.
    Should I just run wiring from the controller to the back of the truck and be done with it?

    At least I'd know it worked then.

    Our pop up is only 2300lbs so I don't doubt that the truck would stop it, but I'd feel better having the brakes working.
     
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    WVhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    Here is a picture in case anyone is interested.
    Overspray on the tires because the wheels need painted and the tires will be replaced today.
    It got new front brakes and soft lines on Saturday, it stops just fine.
    Also rustier than it looks, we're currently searching for a bed, but the cab and frame are good and it only has 80K original miles on it. We're the third owners.

    [​IMG]
     
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    joet Well-Known Member

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    PM me, there are a ton of body parts in Frost
     
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    neighbormike Well-Known Member

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    Nice find! Definitely one of the down sides of living in Wisconsin - truck bodies usually get an early death. I really wish these people would quit using the brine and road salt like they do here - it's gotta be bad for more than just vehicles.
     
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    Nice! What engine? Depending on how old the wiring is, I'd just replace it.
     
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    I have a 1977 F150. For 35 years we used a Kelsey Hayes hydraulics/electric brake controller. A few years ago, I took it out and put in a Prodigy P3. It is a simple job. It's only 4 wires.
     
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    WVhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    PO said it was a 400. Valve cover decal says 351.
    It's not stock, starts right up and runs well.
    Everything rusts here too, this thing was living in a garage.
    I'm looking to possibly replace the back half of the chassis harness, just because it's so hacked up.
    Took an hour to get the tail/stop/turn signals working properly.
     
  8. RockyRoo

    RockyRoo Just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD

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    Is it possibly a 351M? He may have been confused as I believe the 351M was a factory modified 400.

    Another option is it may have had a 351M originally and they replaced it with a 400 when the 351 failed. We had a 77 LTD II with a 351M that was recalled due to (I believe) a bad intake manifold that would fail and dump coolant into the valley. If the valve covers were the same they may have just used the original covers.
     
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    WVhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    I think it's an M.
    As long as it runs good I don't care what it is.
    If it blows it's getting a Coyote or a 5.0L Cummins :)
     
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    Nice!
     
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    Nice truck, I love that era of Ford's! I learned to drive on 76 F-250, club cab, long box, standard. My dad said if I could drive that, everything else would be a piece of cake, and he was right!
     
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    WVhillbilly Well-Known Member

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    This one looks better if you're farther away. [:D]

    But overall its solid.
     
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    New tires.
    slow truck.jpg
     
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    RockyRoo Just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD

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    That's how my old Suburban was. The key is to paint it a color that doesn't show.
     
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    And that's why its staying white.
     
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    PM sent.
     

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