I bought this truck to get the engine, AC system, and steering column - they're going to get used in a 1989 F150. The truck had been rolled before I got it, so most of the body was trashed beyond any possible use, but there are a few bits that are available, so if you need something that isn't already on the "not available" list below, ask.
I had to do a lot of work with a Sawzall before I could even get started working on this truck - I needed to cut off the tops of the doors and the roof to even get inside the cab. Even after that I needed to pry the doors open! Vehicles were not designed to support their weight when sitting upside-down on their roof, and when they come crashing down on the roof (aka, even more weight/force) the results get ugly really quick. I'm surprised the driver and passenger were able to walk away from this one, but thankfully, they did.
Here's the VIN tag.
Here's how it breaks down.
Here's the info that was on the tag on the firewall just above the engine. There was an identical tag on the radiator core support.
As of yet, I have no idea what that all decodes to.
Door Jamb Stickers
Here's the most important of the various door jamb stickers - the one with all the ID codes on it. Most of it is pretty obvious - basically everything except the last two lines. Those are the codes we're decoding here. The only non-obvious codes that I do not know how to decode are the two codes at the far right next to the VIN - "F0291" and "T0150". Oddly enough, of the three pictures below, the farthest away one came out the best. Whatever works, I guess...
Here's the first line.
Here's the second line.
Rear Axle Tag
I'll add info on this later after I crawl under the truck and get it.
The computer was labeled with program code GU1, and it appears to be original. I have not found any reference to verify this as of yet, though.
Here's some pictures of the truck the night it arrived in my driveway.
Here's some better pictures of the truck.
To get inside the truck and steer it off the trailer, I had to pry the doors open and cut the roof off. Instant convertible!
As soon as I could, I pulled the doors, cut off the A-pillars, smashed out the remaining bits of the bottom of the windshield so that I could tarp up the cab and keep the dash bits dry - I want to get a number of things from in there, and letting them get soaked as not a smart thing to do. Then I drained the radiator (lots of decent green anti-freeze - a very good sign the motor didn't freeze during our little cold snap), and pulled the front clip. I left the hood attached so I could lower it over the engine to help protect it until I can pull it. I also pulled the steering column, and then the dash as a unit. The main wiring connect at the firewall was stuck together so badly I had to Sawzall it apart. The center bolt would turn, but it would never some apart. That area of the truck had no accident damage, so I have no idea what was going on with it.
Here's the cruise controls on the steering wheel. It's a simple 2 wire hookup that appears to match the existing steering column in the 1989 F150 this will be going into. One wire is the cruise control "signal" wire (the yellow wire), the other is for the horn (the blue wire). The various cruise control switches simply ground the signal wire with different resistances (via the black wire) and the cruise control module checks for those resistance values on the signal wire to know what to do. On the non-cruise setups, the horn is connected to both wires coming out of the column, so I imagine you have to adjust the wiring that goes to the column to account for this. We'll see about that when the time comes. It looks like this will be a pretty easy bolt-in - at least as far as the steering wheel goes. The center pad appears to be externally identical between the cruise and non-cruise setups - I guess it made dealer-installed cruise control a more viable option.
After pulling a few more bits, the truck was scrapped - I got about $50 for it.
Here's what's left of the truck that's in usable condition.
These parts are already gone, were damaged in the accident, or I'm keeping them for my own uses.
This was vehicle #31. There was nothing particularly special about this
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