I just got a stock panel truck with the original six cylinder engine. It is in great shape. The truck still has a lot of the factory paint on the frame, doors with no rust.
I would like to replace the 223 six cylinder engine with a y block so the truck can be returned to stock configuration easily and have more power. I need some help with parts needed to complete the swap. The best y block or y block parts to use. Plus any problems with the swap.
The truck has a three speed transmission. New bell housing needed, etc.
What are you planning to do with it? You'll need a Y-block out of a truck set up. The engine is supported in the front and at the bell housing in the rear.
If you're wanting to cruise with the panel, I'd suggest a more modern V8/automatic (even overdrive) combo with aftermarket bolt in engine and teansmission crossmembers. They can easily be removed if you want to put it back to original and the sky is the limit for engine/ transmission combinations for not much $$$.
My Panel has a 351C and C4. Had to have the driveshaft made and had to add a tranny cooler. Currently has drums on all four corners and the original steering box. OBTW I'm using the original Radiator too.
Welcome to FTE,
Glad to see another Missouri member, even though you're across the state. Got a story about your Panel? I got mine 30 plus years ago in Cape Giradeau. The PO told me it was an old Bunny Bread delivery truck. He had installed a 72 Mustang 351C and C4, painted it mustard tan and flamed it with brown and orange flames.
I am going to install a Crown Vic IFS, 4.6 DOHC & a 4R70W out of a Mark VIII in it now. Haven't decided about the rear end yet.
I had been looking for a mid fifties ford truck for two years. Saw a lot of trucks on Craigslist and other forums but they didn't say buy me based on what I wanted, this one did. Bought my truck from the third owner. The second owner had the truck garaged for over thirty years while repainting and finishing the interior. He also repaired some road chips by sanding and priming the repaired area with a dark primer. The first owner was supposed to have been the Tucson or Phoenix Arizona school district. This truck was never out of California or Arizona until I bought it.
I was driving the truck from California to Missouri. Image driving a 50 year old truck with the original engine across country by yourself- crazy I know. It was crazy but it was a great adventure.
I had a great time. Saw a lot of great scenery and met very nice people. Got lots of compliments and several offers to buy my truck. All went well until the water pump went out just outside of Silver Plume, Colorado. I got very lucky
the tow truck company also builds hot rods. They liked the truck and took it to the owners house for secure storage. Unfortunately, my truck will need to be towed to Kansas City for repairs.
My plan is to repaint, either keep stock engine or install a y block so it will appear stock. New disc brakes and a nine inch rear end.
This is the story of my truck so far.
The tow truck company, Gumpy,s towing, has a 46 ford three window or six window school bus for sale.