Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums > Older, Classic & Antique Trucks > 1957 - 1960 F100 & Larger F-Series Trucks
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?


1957 - 1960 F100 & Larger F-Series Trucks Discuss the Box Style Ford Trucks

Reply
 
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-07-2013, 05:07 PM
Keith Watkins Keith Watkins is offline
New User
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 1
Keith Watkins is starting off with a positive reputation.
First post, going to be a lot of questions

Hi all. I'm looking at a '59 f100 to buy. It's an I6/3 on the tree. My wife would be driving it too. It might be a cruiser but I would be selling my '97 f250 at some point so it would be "our truck" and do truck stuff and have to be driven by her from time to time.

To start, I've done several column to floor conversions on autos but never a std on the tree to auto on the floor. Is there a lot of difference?

Also, I don't weld so how much is involved in putting a v8 in it? Is there a bunch of cutting and moving crossmembers and such or is it as simple as new motor mounts? I love the 300/6 but probably will go with a v8. There are a bunch of 302s around here and also some 5.0FIs. I've never swapped from a carb to computer so will probably stay with a carb. While a 460 would be cool I think I'd be happier with a 302 and the 4-speed auto.

I'm sure I'm just scratching the surface with my questions but I guess another would be swapping to a more modern set of gauges. Never done that. Does anybody make one complete other than Dakota? I like dials but could live with digital if it'll shut her....I mean, make her happy. She has trouble seeing old gauges at night. Something backlit would be better. We tried those led replacement bulbs in one of her mustang builds but I think that made it worse than it was.

Anyway, I've enjoyed reading some posts today and look forward to pestering you guys a lot.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-10-2013, 11:04 AM
Byrd.Dog's Avatar
Byrd.Dog Byrd.Dog is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Amarillo, TX
Posts: 107
Byrd.Dog is starting off with a positive reputation.
There are bolt-in kits for swapping to all manner of ford V-8's, as well as trans crossmembers for putting in a C6 auto. I know LMC truck sells these parts.
__________________
1960 F250 4x4 - 292, 4spd, 16,000 ORIGINAL miles
2000 F350 Powerstroke CCLB 4x4 - Tuner, Intake, Exhaust, Gauges, leveled on 35's
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-10-2013, 02:18 PM
Danleig Danleig is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Simi Valley, CA.
Posts: 174
Danleig is starting off with a positive reputation.
About 1-1/2 years ago I ought a nice billet gauge holder and analog Dolphin gauges on eBay, but I don't see them posted right now. You could put your own set together starting wit this:

But be prepared to spend some quality time adapting the new gauges to whatever combination you happen to run.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-15-2013, 10:02 PM
deyomatic deyomatic is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 283
deyomatic is starting off with a positive reputation.
One of the companies selling those bolt-in cross members Byrd mentioned is CPP. Here is how easy it is...and they have them for Ford engines, too.

Have A V-8
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-19-2013, 09:01 AM
twitbeck twitbeck is offline
Junior User
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 53
twitbeck is starting off with a positive reputation.
Did you buy it?

So, what happened? Did you buy the 59? Does it already have power steering and power brakes? If you haven't driving one of these trucks before, you might want to try it and see if your wife can handle it without these upgrades. BTW if you keep the front end greased and keep narrow tires on it, the steering is much easier.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-20-2013, 06:02 PM
spurredon's Avatar
spurredon spurredon is offline
Post Fiend
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 5,369
spurredon has a great reputation on FTE.spurredon has a great reputation on FTE.spurredon has a great reputation on FTE.spurredon has a great reputation on FTE.spurredon has a great reputation on FTE.spurredon has a great reputation on FTE.
Quote:
Originally Posted by twitbeck View Post
So, what happened? Did you buy the 59? Does it already have power steering and power brakes? If you haven't driving one of these trucks before, you might want to try it and see if your wife can handle it without these upgrades. BTW if you keep the front end greased and keep narrow tires on it, the steering is much easier.
I know this post was really about engine swaps but I will agree with keeping the original front end in tip top shape and running original spec tires, something like 205's of today, the steering is not a problem. You just can't sit in the parking lot and spin the wheel idly, you have to be rolling!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2013, 06:02 PM
 
 
 
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
69 F100 engine swap FlyersnFords 1967 - 1972 F-100 & Larger F-Series Trucks 6 08-07-2013 12:10 AM
1999 Ford Explorer Sports 2Dr Shuts off after Ignition HardeepOne Explorer, Sport Trac, Mountaineer & Aviator 1 05-29-2011 12:03 AM
Planning ahead for F-68 F-68 Manitoba / Saskatchewan Chapter 15 12-10-2010 05:40 PM
She’s my old gal. Long Post oddshot 1980 - 1986 Bullnose F100, F150 & Larger F-Series Trucks 15 08-07-2010 09:10 PM
Infidelity sinister73 General NON-Automotive Conversation 54 04-29-2006 01:08 PM


Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums > Older, Classic & Antique Trucks > 1957 - 1960 F100 & Larger F-Series Trucks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Forum Jump


Participate In The Forums

Create new posts and participate in discussions. It's free!

Sign Up »





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:05 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 AC1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Advertising - Terms of Use - Privacy Statement - Jobs
This forum is owned and operated by Internet Brands, Inc., a Delaware corporation. It is not authorized or endorsed by the Ford Motor Company and is not affiliated with the Ford Motor Company or its related companies in any way. Ford® is a registered trademark of the Ford Motor Company.

vbulletin Admin Backup