If the fluid level (DOT 3) in your clutch master cylinder dropped low enough you may have introduced air into the hydraulic line. First, you need to find the leak and fix it. If it is a very small leak and the fluid loss was over a long period of time, adding new fluid and pumping the clutch pedal many times, waiting, and doing it again, may solve your problem. You can also bleed the line with the bleed fitting on the side of the slave cylinder. Pumping the clutch usually works. If this resolves the problem, keep an eye on the fluid level. See my update below!
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Does the clutch have the outer clutch slave or is it inside the clutch plate area, to know look on the left or right side for a clutch slave cylinder if it does not have one it's internal and a pain. If it has an out side one fill the master reservoir then go under the truck and crack open the bleed valve on the cylinder have someone pres the clutch pedal all the way down and hold it to the floor, then close bleed valve then allow the clutch back up and have them push it to the floor open bleed valve and close when all air comes out do this till the arm moves it's full travel about 2 inches. And if its one with a master inside the transmission it has to be power bleed and normally you can’t do it without pulling the transmission.
Your clue is probably that when you pump the clutch twice that it works. I don't know about the 83's but the 96 or so on up have automatic clutch adjustment & when the clutch is worn out that part will not adjust anymore and will create the problem, just like th 97 that i have & haven't changed the clutch yet... (too lazy - waiting for it to totally quit before i fix it) So my guess is that if you haven't changed the clutch, pressure plate t/a bearing stuff, you may need to do that. Ford guys should have told you that.... hope this helps, rick
FORDS ARE OK if the noise u are hearing is going away when u press the clutch it sounds like it is comming from the gearbox. the gearbox stops turning wheh u hold the clutch in is the gearbox noisey when u dive it 1-2-3-4 this will let u know if the gearbox is worn
is oil level ok ? check it and transfere case