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ok so im the proud new owner of a 4-53 Detroit 2 stroke diesel to be used in a top secret project..lol. anyone know where the serial and model numbers are located. im trying to id the engine. ill give a little more info later
 
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It should be stamped on the block right behind the governor.
 
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i found em, the model is 5044-7101. i decoded the model number and found that ive got a 2 valve power base engine. the serial is 4D18628. if anyone could shed some light on the year of this engine id appriciate it
 
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If it's a 2 valve engine, you are getting back there a long ways in years. I would say back in the 60s at least. I still work on a few 53s around here ocassionally and haven't seen a 2 valve in probably 25 years. Good luck with the little "screamin demon"
 
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I don't know squat about Detroit Diesels but I am interested in what you plan to do with it. Is it going in a Ford or something?
 
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low horsepower on that little engine. make sure you turbocharge it before putting it in the truck, and find a multi-range trans for it. a 13 speed should work nicely.
 
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I have built lots of 53 series and have never seen a 2 valve. could have some hard to find injectors. The 71 series 2 valves are difficult.
By golly its a 2 valver.


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wow ive got a little intrest. i know shes al oldie with it being a 2 valve head, and it says General Motors Diesel on the valve cover and supercharger. i did some diggin and the best i can come up with is its around a 1965-66 ill get some pics up some time, my regular computer took a poo on me.

i would not call myself an expirt with the ol 2 strokes, but i know a little about em, i think im a little too young for the detroit golden years, but i remember when i was a kid back in the mid 90's my buddys dad had a small trucking company and he still was runnin half a dozen or so 71's and 92's. they have some equipment with with the detroits and ive been kinda hooked ever since.

as for the project my best friend and i have a kinda joint venture going on right now. we have a 1970 Chevy (i know dont shun me) C30 one ton dually long wheel base cab and chassie that were restoring. it has the origional 350 small block and 4 speed in it were gunna swap the Deamon in it and were in the process for locateing a trans. we were thinking about a 10 speed Roadranger or trying to find an old twin stick.
 
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Back in the mid 80s my uncle and I put a 4-53T in a mid 70s C30 that the salvage yard we worked at used for hauling parts and cores to Chicago. That truck left Memphis on a regular basis loaded heavy and never had a problem with the little Detroit. Best thing about it was fuel economy, running loaded it would get better than 25 MPG and empty better than 30 Don't remember the model, but we used a 5 speed Clark with OD.
 
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i know there are a few diffrent clark transmission options. clark 280 vo22 ise one. the posibillities are more or less endless with medium duty truck transissions. i saw one with a rto6610 roadranger 10 speed behind it. the truck has an Eaton h110 rear axle under it now with 4.56 gears so the more speeds the better..lol if anyone has a suggestion for a good tranny option lemme know.

were also thinking about converting it to a solid i beam front axle instead of the old independiand thats under it now. i think that will be better suited for that heavy motor and it will convert it to front disk brakes...and it will look cooler
 
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I've got a manual for a 3-53 natural,if you need it, basically the same , just an extra cylinder.
 
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do you know what it is? although id hate to see what freaght would be on it
 
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I meant service manual LOL, not tranny!
 
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Real hard to find a dual countershaft trans for a 53 series, gear it tall and use a 5 speed. or like you said a aux box.


turbo it, not real big, got numbers here somewhere but it will clean it up as the 2 valve engines are smokers.
 
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id really like to turbo it if i can find the right turbo, i know there were diffrences between a natural and a turbo, but nothing ground shaking. we were really looking for an aux trans, id like to be able to go over 40 miles per hour...and it would be kinda cool to have a twin stick in a pick up. that way no one would be askin me if they can drive it
 

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