I went to pick up a "1950 Ford 750 Big Job" truck for a project to play with. I was told it had a flathead engine in it and that it was original. Ends up I paid a hundred bucks for a 1956 Ford F750 Big Job semi with a Y block in it. What the heck...it looks like fun! Anyone have any idea if these trucks had the 312 or the 292? I'm guessing it's the 312 being that it's a 750. I suppose that there is a number on the block somewhere that would indicate what it is. It runs well, but being unfamiliar with Y blocks I may be posting some tardish questions on here so please don't laugh too hard. Anyone know where a person can pick up a repair manual for these trucks? Checked ebay and mostly found f1-f4 stuff. thanks in advance! David
Welcome David. Parts supplies check with joblots out of New York. They have been the best I have found for larger trucks. Start that gallery we love pictures around here. I recently purchased two 56 F600 trucks.I really only wanted the wrecker bed off of one of them though. Will probably sell the other and rest of one.
I'm going to agree with NumberDummy. The 312 was never a truck engine. The 292 was not available until 57 or 58 in trucks. The 272 is the only V-8 available in 56 for trucks under F-750. The 56 F-750 and larger would be 302 and 332. The 302 is what you should find in a F-750, as the 332 was primarily F-800 and larger. I will be adding Big Job info to this site soon. I am researching available repair parts, and sources for other restoration parts. I do have manuals, and original parts catalogs if you need info on your truck. It will be a great project. I have a 53 F-800 semi in the works, and would be happy to brainstorm ideas with you.
I got a reproduction Ford Truck manual (1954-1955) from and outfit on line
I am not at home right now, but when I get back to Maryland, I will look up the info and post it. The have books for all sorts of truck, And it is an exact reproduction of the Ford Manual. I just went out on line Go to Google Type in Ford repair manual for 1956 ford truck. A lot of stuff comes back. I just saw one for 29 bucks. They also have htem on CD rom. But I liked the hard copy better. That ay I can use it in the shop while I work on tne truck.
Thank you all for the info that you shared. very helpful! Found the owners manual and a shop manual online (repro owners manual but it's info!). Good to know about the engines as well. Gonna tune 'er up this weekend and see if I can find a freshly loaded Budwieser trailer to hitch up to and unload in my fridge. Thanks again guys! David
Woohooo!!! Now thats a great use for your big truck!
I usually keep a decent supply of frosty beverages around also. I have found that it helps alot on the brainstorming sessions
Indeed it does help on the brainstorming sessions! After endulging in a meal consisting of cheese pizza with extra cheese served with a side of fried chicken and baked beans, it is my personal belief that the carbonation in beer aids in the oxygenation process of the bloodstream...which, in turn, thins the blood runnin' through the brain and keeps the heart arteries from cloggin' up with blood the thickness of axle grease.
Welcome to FTE! Sounds like a neat project. I like your pizza/beer/artery anti-clogging theory, but I'm too dense to figure out which component is breaking the carbon bonds to release the oxygen to the brain??? I bet there's one of those flux capacitors involved.
If you look on the driver's "A" pillar, there should be a data plate with lots of good info on it. Take a look at George's "Earl's World" page and he has a good decoder there that will help you figure out what engine/tranny/rear end/color/etc your truck originally came with. http://www.clubfte.com/users/earl/Re..._Material.html
If you know it's "all original" this is easy info to figure out. Beware though, as 50+ years can require alot of changes!
I'm fairly certain that it is all original. The guy I got it from swears it is. But he also told me that it was a flathead motor. When I saw it... it was rather obvious that it was no such thing. Don't care though...it's a fun truck! Can't wait to get it home tomorrow and start putzin'! Thanks for all the input.
p.s. I'm not so sure that the flux capacitors are the cause. A more probable diagnosis would consist of the estroheillic cellular vertillae in conjunction with the nebular reverbatory sarius intervention cells during the induction of the oxygenation process.
Don't argue with me....I got my (genuine) PHD on line in a two hour course.