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olddog21 09-01-2014 02:07 PM

Stock 1956 ford panel truck
 
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.

Any help will be appreciated.

bjmayberry2 09-01-2014 03:33 PM

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.

bigwin56f100 09-01-2014 04:08 PM

I have done several of these 6 cyl to Y block changeovers. I have everything you will need. PM sent

38 coupe 09-01-2014 06:02 PM

Add a correct optional Borg-Warner overdrive while you are working on the truck.

bjmayberry2 09-01-2014 07:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 38 coupe (Post 14631506)
Add a correct optional Borg-Warner overdrive while you are working on the truck.

I would agree but those are getting harder and harder to come by.

olddog21 09-01-2014 07:27 PM

I plan on using the panel to cruise as well as weekend grocery getter. It will be a fair weather vehicle.

1LIFE 09-01-2014 07:43 PM

Got that stuff from my '56 Panel if interested.
Just made a thread.. . :)
http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/13...302-stuff.html

olddog21 09-01-2014 08:28 PM

1life
 
Looked at your parts, but I live in Missouri. Getting anything from your area would be hard to do at a reasonable price. Thank you for the effort

olddog21 09-01-2014 08:32 PM

How hard are BW overdrive units to rebuild? Are parts available? I have seen a few for sale as part of original 3 speeds

bjmayberry2 09-01-2014 08:41 PM

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.
http://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.ford...a97c2b8c06.jpg

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.

bigwin56f100 09-01-2014 09:06 PM

I was just thru MO this weekend all the way on 44

1LIFE 09-01-2014 09:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by olddog21 (Post 14631846)
Looked at your parts, but I live in Missouri. Getting anything from your area would be hard to do at a reasonable price. Thank you for the effort

^
All good.
If do change UR mind I will do my $best

Good luck with build!

olddog21 09-01-2014 09:37 PM

My truck
 
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.

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http://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.ford...147c5e353a.jpg




My truck in Utah.

olddog21 09-01-2014 09:41 PM

Kevin
 
I live off I 70. You saw the pretty part of our state. Did you go to Branson or on into Oklahoma?

bjmayberry2 09-01-2014 09:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigwin56f100 (Post 14631994)
I was just thru MO this weekend all the way on 44

Let us know when ya pass through. We won't bite.}> there are FTE members all along 44. I'm a little north on 70 just across (west) the Missouri River from St Louis.


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