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'48 F8 RestoMod ideas?

 
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Old 08-25-2016, 02:58 PM
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'48 F8 RestoMod ideas?

This Spring, I bought a 1948 F8 firetruck. Body has not been touched since the day it was built and is in really good shape. No rust, couple of bungs in a fender, but outside of that, is really clean. It doesn't have the original flathead V8 that would have come in it from the factory, but instead some kind of Y-block (I haven't investigated much to find exactly which one) with original non-synchronized transmission. Plans for the truck include first removing the fire bed and large, obnoxious emergency lights. At this point, I want to use the truck to be able to haul our gooseneck flatbed to go to tractor shows, etc.

I'm posting to the forum to try and get some ideas/suggestions from you guys. We are pretty limited by the engine compartment with regard to how big of a motor will fit. The 7.3 IDI is the biggest that will fit, but it's not a powerhouse. I've considered finding a cheap Louisville or International bus and using the drivetrain and axles out of something like that, but obviously will have to make modifications.

I want to do this resto right the first time! There's not much to be found anywhere about F8's. I've been running ideas through my head for a long time but want to see what suggestions you guys have.

Thanks!
 
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Old 08-25-2016, 10:00 PM
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Ramp truck for hauling home future projects! If an IDI 7.3 would fit what about a turbo one?
 
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Don't toss the obnoxious emergency lights. There may be a market for them.
 
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Old 08-26-2016, 02:13 AM
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Show me those "obnoxious emergency lights".
And by the way, if you think you have room for a 7.3 IDI W/turbo, then you have room for a 3208 Cat with a 10 speed Road Ranger. That will get you down the road.
 
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