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Old 01-03-2011, 02:55 PM
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engine bay dimensions?

Hi all, I'm curious to know the engine bay dimensions of the '38/39, 40/41, and 42-47's in comparison to the '48-52 engine bays. Thanks.
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OK, I'll ask it a different way.

I have a 1948 F1 frame, and as I look at pics of the '41-47 frames, they look pretty darn close to being the same. I have always liked the earlier pickups, and I've often thought about putting a '46/47 Mercury body onto my F1 frame (there is a Ford version 1.5 ton local to me for sale). But with a big V8, I'm curious to see if the engine bays are close enough the same, that I can make everything fit without tearing the inner fenders off. I've seen big engines in the '48-52's, but not so much in the earlier pickups without mods. So my question is, what can fit into the earlier pickups without butchering the inner fenders? (recessing the firewall, isn't a big deal)
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OK, I think I got it. 26" in front, 40" in back. Plenty of room for a big engine.
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havi, i would think the only real issue would be the steering box having exhaust manifolds against it. obviously, setting engine back as far as possible would be ideal, and give the most space.
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I've got a '47 with a GM 427 squeezed in. (See https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/8...way-guide.html ) Just have to pay attention to the headers...
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havi, i would think the only real issue would be the steering box having exhaust manifolds against it. obviously, setting engine back as far as possible would be ideal, and give the most space.
True, I hope to find out when the snow melts. Looking to use a 345 IH I have laying around.
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Here's a 523 (460) BB Ford. I used the stock inner fenders with mods for the tube shocks:



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Thanks, Greg! I plan on tube shocks as well, since the '48 f1 frame already uses them.

Another question for everyone: I believe the 38-47 are about the same size, right?

I ask, because I like the barrel nose trucks, and there's a couple bodies on the local CL, though he wants an arm and a leg, and then there's the '47 truck close by. Only time will tell which I end up with.
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