1948 - 1956 F1, F100 & Larger F-Series TrucksDiscuss the Fat Fendered and Classic Ford Trucks
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hello, I am trying to decide what v/8 engine to put in my 1955 f-100 it came with a 6cyl. were can I go to get the weight of the various ford motors I always had my heart set on 429 but someone told me that would be to heavy for my f-100 also does the c/6 trans have overdrive, thanks, Mike
I always had my heart set on 429 but someone told me that would be to heavy for my f-100
Lots of 429/460 in 48-56 trucks. Replace the pig iron intake with aluminum and the cast iron exhaust manifolds with headers and even the cast water pump with an aluminum one and if a frail and weak old memory works you are down to about what the Y block v8 would be in weight.
I don't know what your six weighs but the 429/460 is heavy at 720 pounds. Compare that to a 351W at around 550 or a 289/302 at 460. My guess is that your six is around 375-400 pounds. The old straight axle will handle the extra weight or if you go with an IFS you can adjust it with the proper coil springs.
First as was mentioned, the intake manifold on a 429 or 460 is going to weigh about 100 pounds. Using aluminum will shave off a bunch.
Second this frail little solid iron bohemoth truck is rated to carry over 1000 pounds of extra weight so an extra 150 poundes above a stock 239 flathead, or Y block isn't going to hurt it. That's probably as much as one of th etwo passengers you will sit in the cab.
I have a 390 FE in my 51 with a C6. It's fine, you arent going to hurt it if you want to pu ta 429 or 460 in it - weight wise. Now space is a different matter all together.
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