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Old 08-04-2003, 08:59 PM
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Hi guys, I'm new to the board. I'm restoring a 52 ford pickup and I don't really know much about it yet. It's got an inline 6 in it and I want to know if it is the original motor or if someone put the I6 in it. Anyone know what the specs are on this motor? How many cubic inch is the motor? Are rebuild parts readily available? What kind of money am I looking at to just do a simple stock rebuild? Is it worth rebuilding, or should I look for a flathead or a 302? Thanks for any input!
 
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Old 08-04-2003, 10:07 PM
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Hey stanger_lx, I have 52 F4.
The original motor is the first overhead valve 6cyl that went into the Ford trucks. 216 whole cu.in. !!
51 still used the flathead 6.
Macs Auto parts still has most parts for a complete rebuild. Their catalogues are free.
Search for Didgey Specs., they have a lot of useful info on your truck.
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Old 08-05-2003, 09:51 AM
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The 215ci OHV inline six was introduced in 1952. It was replaced with the 223 in 1954 which was basically a 215 block bored out to .060 with some relocated accessories and a redesigned water jacket. Most likely you have a 215 but you might also have a 223. The easy way to tell them apart is the location of the distributor and oil filter. The 215 had them in the middle of the block while the 223 had them in the front third. You could also check casting numbers.

I am restoring a 1953 F-100 with a 215. I have started the rebuild process. Rebuild costs depend a lot on how many parts you can reuse. My engine was rusted solid so I'm replacing everything. It was also a reconditioned engine and was already bored out to the maximum .060 so I had to resleeve it. That was a little pricey. It will probably run me around $2000 in parts. I have found parts on eBay as well as the regular vendors like Mac's, Kanter, JobLot, etc. Good luck with the rebuild! Keep us posted on your progress!

 
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This OHV I6 is supposedly "locked up". Before deciding on putting in a V8 I'm going to tear into the I6 and see just what's wrong with it. If I can easily free it up, then I'm just going to re-use it.
Thanks for all your help guys!
 
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Here's an old thread where I asked about freeing up my engine: frozen engine

None of these methods worked for me. I had to completely disassemble the engine. You can read about my struggles at the very bottom of the Current Progress page on my web site. Everything was stuck - lifters, pistons, valves, etc. The distributor was seized in the block too and was a joy to remove.

Good luck with your engine!

 
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I have a restored 52 F3 that has the flathead V8 (239 cu. in./106 HP). I put a picture of the engine (installed in the truck) in my gallery. I recommend finding a flathead V8 for your truck. You could buy one rebuilt or find on that is rebuildable. They have a very distinctive sound and smooth idle.
 
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Wasn't the dizzy on the early 223s in the same place as the 215? I would have sworn that up to about 58ish (maybe up to 60) that they were about the same and the later models had the dizzy moved forward...

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I am putting my door seals on and i don't know if i should
cut out the rubber where the door hinges go. If you know the answer to my
question i would like to hear from you. A picture would really help....
Thanks 1952 F-1 George Roloson
 
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Originally posted by 62stepside
Wasn't the dizzy on the early 223s in the same place as the 215?
Nope.

1954 223


1953 215


 
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Hello and welcome! Before some of the guys talk you in to building a 460 bored out, stroked, ported and polished, with dome pistons, a comp cam, and custom headers (pj did i leave anything out?) I can tell you that for a daily driver like mine a 302 does a great job about 16mpg enough punch to get out of the big motor truck way. I drive mine 300+ miles per week and I have not complaints.


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Well waddya know... learn something every day thanks for the info...

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