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Want to mount V plow on 1976 F250 4x4

Discussion in 'Fisher Engineering Discussion' started by Craigwell, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. Craigwell

    Craigwell Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    I've considered Boss, but now I'm considering Fisher. I'd like to know what options I have to mount to a 1976 F250 4x4.

    Any advice is appreciated
     
  2. GPS

    GPS Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 268

    None of the plow manufacturers still make any mounts that go back that far (as far as I know). Your best bet would be to find a mount setup for the type of plow you are going to use, and spend some time and money at your local welding/fabrication shop. Going back that far, any mount for a current plow will be custom-built or modified unit.
     
  3. Craigwell

    Craigwell Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    are any of the v plows near compatible with older fisher mounts??
     
  4. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    We put an 8.5 western vee plow on a 78 250 diesel two years ago...ultra mount.

    took an 81 ultra mount and made it fit....
     
  5. GPS

    GPS Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 268

    Anything is possible when you go custom. If I were trying this, I'd find someone with a Fisher EZ-V or Xtreme-V setup, and do some comparisons. The early Minute mount A-frames were damn close to the conventional ones, so it may be able to work with few modifications. I do remember that the older Fisher conventional plows had two different headgear sizes, with different pushbeams (and corresponding A-frames). Definitely measure the ear width on both, but a competent fab shop can make almost anything work. The good news is that the style of the plow hasn't really changed. They are both chain-lifted, 2-point a-frame mounted plows.

    Obviously, you'll need to change the hydraulics in some way or another. Assuming the Ford has the standard belt driven pump and valve system, you'd need to modify the valves and controls for the extra functions a Vee plow has. I'd probably ditch the old system and utilize the powerpack for the EZ-V, custom fabricating mounts on the headgear for it. Since it would no longer be a Minute-mount style setup, you would end up using quick disconnects for the angle cylinder hoses (so the plow can still come off).

    Another thing to consider is the charging system. Alternator outputs have come quite aways since 1976. If you do go with the electric-hydraulic unit, you'll probably want to look into some upgrades.

    I think it would be a cool project. Let us know if you decide to go for it. Pictures of the mods and final outcome are always welcome, as we love pictures here :D
     
  6. GPS

    GPS Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 268

    I do still think the easiest way to go would be to sell the stuff you have and start fresh with a set of mounts custom fit to your frame (like salopez did). Then you could have the convenience of a removable setup, no dripping hoses or frozen quick-connects, etc.
     
  7. Craigwell

    Craigwell Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    i'm not really interested in using the old mount, just wondering what was feasible. I think it will be fab shop work, if i dont just do it myself.
     
  8. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Just from casual observance, it seems to me it would be much easier to mod a Boss push beam to fit then Fisher mounts. Are you looking to buy a brand new/very new plow? I would likely choose Boss over the XV.
     
  9. Craigwell

    Craigwell Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    Yes, I'm looking to go new.
     
  10. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
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  11. Craigwell

    Craigwell Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    Thank you for posting that thread link. Very informative. I think it makes my decision a little easier.
     
  12. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Let us know how you make out. Please post pics of the mount after the mods.
     
  13. Craigwell

    Craigwell Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    I might go red after all.. I should have some resolution on it all by the end of the month.

    Thanks again
     
  14. Craigwell

    Craigwell Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    As far as electrical is concerned. I typically run 60 amp alternators. They have been ok thus far for roof light, rear utility lights, and a frame lighting. If there is significant requirement for electric over hydraulic, then i can upgrade to 70amp system. Already have appropriate harness and alt on hand.
     
  15. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    70 is not even close. Most of those plow motors draw in excess of 200 amps. You need at least a 100 amp alternator, 155 would be better. You also want at least one very good quality battery, two is better.
     
  16. Craigwell

    Craigwell Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    Duly noted. I'll add this to my research... :dizzy:
     
  17. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    And don't forget, pics of the truck are required before any further advice will be given LOL
     
  18. Craigwell

    Craigwell Junior Member
    Messages: 27

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    My intentions for this truck:

    V Plow
    6' Fibreglass Service Body
    Tailgate Spreader
    35 x 10.5 x 16 BFG All Terrain KO tires.

    It is powered by a modified 300 six cylinder, 4.10 gearing D60 / D44 HD.
     
  19. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    A beast!

    Looks to me like some custom body work. Exteneded cab on a regular frame, chop the front of the bed off. Did you do it? Going to be tough to find a service body to fit that wheel well location I think.

    Do some searching for putting a plow on a lifted truck.
     
  20. Craigwell

    Craigwell Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    No chassis lift. I didn't have any issues with the older Fisher mount I modded to fit it.