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1979 Ford F-250 - Schlongbed

Posted in Features on August 27, 2014
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Troy Lemke, a heavy equipment transportation specialist from Lakeside, California, acquired his ’79 Ford F-250 crew cab from family members in Oklahoma. The truck was tired and due for a rebuild. Rather than try to upgrade and refurbish the factory ’79 chassis and engine, Troy, his brother, Todd, and their father, Dick, decided to modernize the old Ford. Troy purchased a wrecked low-mileage ’04 Ford Super Duty with a 6.0L Power Stroke diesel, the trio thinking they could simply swap the body onto the new chassis.

When people ask Troy if it’s a show truck, he tells them ‘Yes, it shows me the mountains, the beach, and that my family loves me.’

Unfortunately, unbeknownst to Troy, the “low mileage” wrecked Super Duty had spent its entire life as an off-road work truck. Pretty much every bearing, bushing, and ball joint in the chassis was worn out. After repairing and replacing all of the worn out parts, the Lemkes went to work on the body swap to mate the ’79 F-250 body to the ’04 Super Duty frame, suspension, and powertrain. It wasn’t a direct bolt-in deal. The core support dictated the location of the hood, fenders, cab, and bed. The wheel openings in the front fenders were opened up and modified to center over the front axle. The factory ’79 longbed was shortened to fit the wheelbase of the ’04 chassis, thereby making the truck affectionately known as the schlongbed. Troy’s truck is an extremely clean example of a ’79 F-250, but don’t be fooled, this truck is used like a real truck regularly. When people ask Troy if it’s a show truck, he tells them “Yes, it shows me the mountains, the beach, and that my family loves me.”

The bed from the ’79 F-250 was shortened to fit the wheelbase of the unmolested ’04 Super Duty chassis. The ’04 backup sensors were incorporated into the ’79 rear bumper, which was also trimmed and molded to better match the body lines. In the bed is a fifth-wheel hitch that often gets coupled up to a large travel trailer.

At A Glance
Vehicle: 1979 Ford F-250
Owner: Troy Lemke
Stomping grounds: Lakeside, California
Build time: Five years

Engine: ’04 6.0L Power Stroke turbodiesel
Transmission: TorqShift 5R110 five-speed automatic
Transfer case(s): NV273F two-speed
Low range ratio: 2.72:1
Crawl ratio: 31.6:1
Front axle/differential: High-pinion Dana 60/3.73 gears, Detroit Locker
Rear axle/differential: Sterling 10.5-inch/3.73 gears, Detroit Locker

Front: Icon 6-inch lift kit, Fox shocks
Rear: Icon 3-inch lift blocks, Bilstein shocks
Steering: Stock

Tires: 35x12.50R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain
Wheels: 17x9 aluminum Pro Comp 1059

Armor: Custom front winch bumper, custom rear bumper
Cool stuff: Modified fender openings, shortened bed, custom dash, Mag-Hytec rear diff cover, ARB air pump, aftermarket engine controller, fifth-wheel hitch

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