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Old 12-02-2011, 01:36 PM
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'Jessie' '55-F100 Pick up build

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Thought I'd keep this thread to document progress on the newest member of the family.

Jessie is a pick up I found on the local classifieds and got for roughly 2200 bucks. Overall good condition, and running engine, which BTW sounds mean . As far as I know it's the original 223 I6 with a different transimission attached. Most of the truck is stock except for the bed that was thrown on after not having one at all. I know it's not the correct model year, but at least there's one, if the budget allows, maybe one day she'll get to wear one the right year. Here's a couple of pics from day one and two in this new project. I'll be loading a couple of pics everytime there's progress and keep the rest in the folder in my gallery.

The day we met:




Time to go home girl!

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Bienvenidos Ed!
Looks like a nice one - What year is the bed from?
Any pics of the engine?

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Bienvenidos Ed!
Looks like a nice one - What year is the bed from?
Any pics of the engine?

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Gracias, Ben.

here's a couple of pics of the engine. I haven't really done much to it until now, but will be giving it a good clean up and changing the water pump over the weekend. Will post a couple of pics of that process as it happens.





Notice the interim 2L pepsi bottle fuel tank to get her parked in the garage. Will have to get to work on the gas tank as one of the first actions.
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Hey Ed,
I was just wondering - what the heck is that big soda bottle doing hanging in there? That's a first - quite creative. Replacing the water pump & moving the gas tank are the first two things we did to our 1950.

The water pump was pretty straight forward except half the bolts were whatever the farmer had laying around - not stainless so they were rusted in there pretty good. You might want to soak them overnight before you try to crank them out of there.

Our gas tank was in the cab & smelled bad - We replaced it with a 1970 mustang tank (new) out back under the bed. There is a lot of info on this site on that one. Good luck over there!

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Nice project. Looks like a newer master brake cylinder with a booster mounted there on the fire wall. Keep us posted. I enjoy watching build threads.
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Looks like a good starting point and a lot of fun! So if you live in Mexico, why do you speak perfect English?? Just seems like an interesting side story...
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that looks like a more modern 300 inline six, not the original 223.
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Nice looking truck! Looks pretty solid.


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Looks like a nice one - What year is the bed from?
Any pics of the engine?

Ben in Austin

Due to the flat top rails of the box instead of angled ones, I'd say the box is off a 73-79.



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that looks like a more modern 300 inline six, not the original 223.

Nope not a 300. And definitely not a 223. That's a small 6. So I'd say it's either a 200 or a 250. If the water pump has 3 mounting bolts it's a 200 if it has 4 it's a 250.
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oops your right.
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Notice the interim 2L pepsi bottle fuel tank to get her parked in the garage. Will have to get to work on the gas tank as one of the first actions.
Yep, you might want to move up to the 5 gallon water cooler jug. Nice truck! Keep us posted.
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looks pretty solid , great price too .
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[/quote]Nope not a 300. And definitely not a 223. That's a small 6. So I'd say it's either a 200 or a 250. If the water pump has 3 mounting bolts it's a 200 if it has 4 it's a 250.[/quote]

Thanks guys. Found the pump in the catalogs as a match to a 223 (3.7L). Need to do more research to keep on learning about it though.
Here's a pic of the two pumps side by side. Other matches I found only had three holes, these have four asymetric.



A short vid I took after setting the new pump in.
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Thanks for sharing the video. Very cool.
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Thanks guys. Found the pump in the catalogs as a match to a 223 (3.7L). Need to do more research to keep on learning about it though.
Here's a pic of the two pumps side by side. Other matches I found only had three holes, these have four asymetric.
That is not an original 223. The original 223 that would have came in that truck would have the intake on the driver side. The intake would also be removable and would only have 4 intake runners.

This is what a 50's 223 would look like.



That engine you have is a Ford small 6. Which included the 144,170,200, ( 221 in Argentina ) and the 250. With it being a 4 bolt water pump it should be a 250 ( 4.1L ) .
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Thanks, Ted. I'll use that as a pointer when I start working on other engine parts.
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