Feb 7, 2017 update to the Ford F-350 Ramp Truck project car

Project Ramp Truck: Going Backwards

While we were loving our ramp truck and starting to use it to haul our projects locally and to race and concours events, we were concerned. While the truck ran great, we were getting some clutch slippage and the leak at the rear main seal was getting worse and spraying oil all the way back to the cabinets.

While we didn’t want to spend the time or the money or do the work, we knew with all things considered, we might was well pull the drivetrain and go through it. So into the garage went the truck and out came the engine.

We also might find the cause of the vibration that seemed to be coming from the transmission—it had suffered quite a shunt when we first lost the driveshaft on our way home with the truck.

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mazdeuce
mazdeuce UltimaDork
2/8/17 3:44 p.m.

Shift lever is impressive.
Did you find anything interesting in the motor/trans?

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
2/10/17 7:20 a.m.

Tim,

I think I am being stupid but I go to the link looking for the rest of the story and all I get is exactly what is in the post. I assume it is my failure to properly navigate. What am I doing wrong?

ssswitch
ssswitch Dork
2/10/17 7:51 a.m.

The article seems to be missing some text and pictures, but I'm always struck by just how compact a manual transfer case really is when it's outside of the car.

iceracer
iceracer UltimaDork
2/10/17 10:21 a.m.

That's not a transfer case.

jstand
jstand HalfDork
2/10/17 2:01 p.m.

In reply to iceracer:

Looks to be a Muncie SM420 or New Process 435. Tough, compact, but heavy.

Gaunt596
Gaunt596 New Reader
2/10/17 4:21 p.m.

Yeah, is there more article that missed the drop?

noddaz
noddaz SuperDork
2/10/17 6:57 p.m.

Rope rear main seal... I hope there is a modern 2 piece seal replacement.

iceracer
iceracer UltimaDork
2/10/17 7:00 p.m.

In reply to jstand:

I know a transmission when I see one. Been close to a few.

jstand
jstand HalfDork
2/10/17 7:20 p.m.
iceracer wrote: In reply to jstand: I know a transmission when I see one. Been close to a few.

I wasn't questioning your judgement. Just agreeing and commenting on the trans in the photo.

In addition to showing my ignorance by only looking at the picture and not paying attention to the fact that the truck is a ford. I've dealt with both transmissions I mentioned, but in GM product. I have no clue whose trans ford used.

ssswitch
ssswitch Dork
2/11/17 9:51 a.m.

In reply to iceracer:

Holy crap that's a tiny gearbox.

TIGMOTORSPORTS
TIGMOTORSPORTS HalfDork
2/11/17 10:12 a.m.

Time for Ford to step up and sponsor the GRM Ramp Truck. Ford Racing Coyote Crate engine and trans shipped to your door with the electronic control swap kit. Since Daytona 500 is in your neighborhood soon, Ford can send the Roush pit crew by to help install.

gjz30075
gjz30075 HalfDork
2/13/17 6:34 a.m.
dean1484 wrote: Tim, I think I am being stupid but I go to the link looking for the rest of the story and all I get is exactly what is in the post. I assume it is my failure to properly navigate. What am I doing wrong?

Yep, me too. I find that true on all the 'read the rest of the story' links

Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
2/13/17 7:11 a.m.

Ah... a Ford FE motor... very fortunate you were able to remove the exhaust manifold bolts without snapping off any of the casting tabs above the ports.

I think that's a NP435.

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
3/2/17 9:16 a.m.

It is a New Process 435. let me ask our web guy Ed about the the rest of the story

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
3/2/17 10:14 a.m.
gjz30075 wrote:
dean1484 wrote: Tim, I think I am being stupid but I go to the link looking for the rest of the story and all I get is exactly what is in the post. I assume it is my failure to properly navigate. What am I doing wrong?

Yep, me too. I find that true on all the 'read the rest of the story' links

The "rest of the story" part is that the link guides to the articles page where you see additional photos, and from that page you can easily locate and read the other installments in a project car series.

Margie

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
3/2/17 11:17 a.m.

In reply to Marjorie Suddard:

Came in here to type exactly that. Thanks, Margie. Since the project updates aren't divided into sections like every other item, the "read more" button is meant to get pointed to the rest of the updates.

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
3/2/17 11:24 a.m.

Ahhhh ok. I get it now. I am the internet idiot of the day . I read it as there was actually "more to the story" and did not see the buttons on the bottom. I don't think they were there when this was originally posted since it was the first of the installments.

I have to stop being so literal I guess.

Thanks!!!!

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