Can I convert it to a 4×4

I just bought the truck and have all parts but I wasn't aware that during a certain time period Ford made 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive specific frames. Can I convert to 4×4 or will it be a hassle?

My car has 172000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Experienced mechanics share their insights in answering this question :
Hi there. In most cases, trying to convert from two to four wheel drive is more of a hassle than it is worth attempting; for practical applications. However, it is a fun project if you’re learning fabrication. There are some good technical article and videos online that show how others have completed this project. You might want to search for some that are related to your 83 Ford to see whether you feel comfortable or not.

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The F-250 falls just under the recommended ground clearance height for off-road vehicles, which is 8.8 to 10.8 inches. This means you`ll get away with some lighter off-roading—just steer clear of larger obstructions that can ruin the undercarriage.
The XL, XLT and Lariat have standard rear-wheel drive with four-wheel drive available as an option. Four-wheel drive is standard with the King Ranch, Platinum and Limited.
By definition, a 4×2 truck is rear-wheel drive, not four-wheel drive. It is possible to convert one of these into a four-wheel drive, but it`s a cost-prohibitive endeavor. It`s cheaper to just sell the RWD and buy a 4WD.
To put them into 4 Wheel Drive High you need to be drive around 7 – 30mph and pull down the lever from 2H to 4H. If you need to put them into 4 Wheel Drive Low you need to be Parked and then shift into Neutral. Then you will pull the lever down from 2H to 4L.
Three-Quarter-Ton Truck:

Some of the most popular and best-selling three-quarter-ton trucks include the Ram 2500, Chevy Silverado 2500, and the Ford F-250. These trucks have gas or diesel engines and they will have heavy-duty automatic transmissions that are designed to put out many pound-feet of torque.

This added strength for heavy use is why most modern heavy-duty series trucks, such as the F250, use the solid axle over IFS.
1983 Ford F-250 base price starts at $8,298 to $11,802.
Seventh Generation (1980—1986)

Ford bills its seventh-generar F-series as “the first new truck of the 1980s,” and designs it with a focus on aerodynamics and plush interior trappings. While Ford sells 173,050 F-150s in 1980, the base F-100 still manages to find 133,590 buyers.

430 horsepower and torque of 485 lb.-ft. based on 7.3L V8 gas engine.
New Ford 4WD trucks include: Ford F-150 Raptor™ Ford F-150. Ford Super Duty®
Good news! You can convert your 2WD F150 to a 4WD. However, it`s not a quick fix you can complete in your own garage. After all, you`ll have to switch out the output shaft, transmission, wiring, shifter, and a long list of other truck parts.
Yes, in theory you can, but it`s a lot of work and would be very expensive. It would be necessary to fit a drive axle assembly on the other end of the vehicle (Rear for a front wheel drive car, front for a rear wheel drive car) which would probably mean changing the suspension and suspension mounts.
The short answer to this question is yes: relative to 2WD vehicles, you are going to use more fuel in a 4WD. The reasons for this are very simple, boiling down to weight, friction, and demands on the engine.
Car and Driver notes that 4WD is not meant to be used all the time. It`s only for certain road types, including rugged terrain and off-roading, as well as slippery conditions, like snow or mud. Otherwise, 4WD vehicles should be driven in two-wheel drive, according to Car and Driver.
Edmunds recommends using 4WD high range on dirt or paved roads that are snowy, slick or icy 4WD Low Edmunds says 4WD low range is for off-roading conditions, like deep sand, where you need serious traction. Using 4WD does make it stop faster.
Ford does have an F-Series of Super Duty trucks, but they are labeled an F-250, which is three-quarter-ton, or F-350, which is a full-ton truck.
“Solid axles are also more durable than most independent front suspension (IFS) axles and can be easily changed in comparison, making axle repairs on off-road trucks no problem.”
Ford F 250 Death Wobble Recall Overview

This manufacturing defect is widely known as the “Ford Super Duty death wobble.” Affected vehicles can shudder or shake aggressively at highway speeds or after hitting rough pavement.

You can tow hefty sums even with the F-250. The F-250 has a conventional towing capacity of 20,000 pounds, a maximum fifth-wheel gooseneck towing of 22,800 pounds, and a payload capacity of 4,260 pounds.
Load the cargo bed of the 2022 Ford Super Duty with up to 7,850 pounds of payload with the proper configuration. Consult the following chart to learn which Super Duty model and configuration has the payload numbers you need. 4,260 lbs.
Based on data from 9 vehicles, 278 fuel-ups and 50,542 miles of driving, the 1983 Ford F-250 gets a combined Avg MPG of 12.72 with a 0.73 MPG margin of error.
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At the core, the differences are simple, the F-150 is a light-duty, half-ton truck, the F-250 is a three-quarter-ton, heavy-duty truck, and the F-350 is a one-ton heavy-duty truck.

The 6.0L Power Stroke Diesel engine is the biggest and most powerful engine available for the F-250, and it`s capable of hauling massive loads with ease. The smaller, but still mighty, 5.4L Triton V8 engine is also available and provides excellent towing power and fuel economy.
Equipped with this engine, the 2022 Ford F-250 SuperDuty Crew Cab takes 7.4 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill and achieves the quarter-mile in – seconds. Another engine available here is a 6.7-liter Gas V8 that makes 475 hp @ 2600 rpm and 1050 lb.

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