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Old 09-18-2018, 10:24 AM
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Hello, i have a 1955 Ford f100 pickup truck. Right now, it has the 223 inline 6 motor in it, but I can't get the throttle cable hooked up to it. I would also like to make this truck feel like my own so I have decided to build me a small block motor for it. But I am having trouble deciding what to do. I have narrowed it down to 2 choices. A 300 inline 6 or a 302. I already have the block for the 302 but I would tear it all down and redo it. No high performance parts or anything like that, just a stock 302 to cruise around in. Does anyone have any thoughts for me or anything I should know? Thanks.
 
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A 302 swap into this truck is well documented with special parts avaible. A 300 cid 6 cyl, not so much.
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I cannot offer an informed opinion on either engine, but does the original 6 cylinder run? Do you want to get rid of it because of the throttle problem? If it's original it shouldn't have a cable but some linkage.

​​​​​And we do want to see pictures of your truck and tell us what part of the country you are from.
 
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Don't take this the wrong way...... if you can't get the 223 throttle hooked up do you really think you'll be able to do an engine transplant? I'm just asking what everyone else is thinking

id keep the 223 before I put a 300 6 in it
 
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I'll be honest. If that was my truck I would stay with original inline 6.
However that's not what you asked, so if you are determined to change it, I would go with the 302. There is probably a thousand threads buried on FTE with people who have done that swap. Aftermarket parts to make the install simple are readily available.

I should add this warning: Everything is expensive these days. You will go through ten times the $$ you expect to, even if you keep it simple. If that 302 needs anything done by a machine shop, the bills will make you cry.


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I agree with the others in that if you're not keeping the stock engine, the 302 swap would be preferable. They swap is relatively simple and the parts to do it are easy to come by. The 302 is a great engine with plenty of power in a 3000 pound truck, and fits in the hole with ease. Down the road if you decide to sell it, the market for a V8 powered truck will be far larger than that for a 6 cylinder.
Welcome to the forum, good luck with your project!
 
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Actually I agree with everyone.....I have a 56 f-100...... it's got a 302 (347stroker)..... but that was a complete rebuild and had no motor or trans.......I had another 56 with the 223 six...it was a cool cruiser...... my 49 and 51 have flatheads in them....so I guess I'm kind of a purist.......keep the 223 get it running and have fun with the truck....
 
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Hello and welcome.

Of your two choices I selected the 302.

But I agree with BigWin56F100 on the complexity of such a swap and an honest assessment of your own skills. Don't take me wrong either, it is a large (and expensive) undertaking to put a power plant into a vehicle that it wasn't originally designed for. Plenty of people have done it, but ask them if they would do it again all things being equal.
The original engine can likely be brought up to your expectations for less money and effort than putting something else of a different design in that needs to be rebuilt.

And KirkF is right, it will cost way more than you plan for no matter which way you go.

Send us some pictures of the truck, we do like pictures.
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Don't take this the wrong way...... if you can't get the 223 throttle hooked up do you really think you'll be able to do an engine transplant? I'm just asking what everyone else is thinking

id keep the 223 before I put a 300 6 in it
Yep , what Kevin said .
Plus if you do the engine transplant there is the flow on effect .
You should then really do a brake upgrade , wiring etc , etc , etc .
 
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welcome to fte.i agree with ray
 
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I put a 300 6 in mine and love it, but not a drop in. Check out my build thread if interested.
 
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Its not that I don't know how to hook up a throttle cable, its because I took the 55 on a trade and the previous owner had already tore it apart. I have to warn you, this truck is not pretty and it is going to become a rat rod. I am going to leave it the stock height and i'm just going to drive it the way it is. There are 2 trucks in this picture. The one on the Left, that is the 1955. It has seen its better days but yes, the stock 223 runs. I just want to make it like


my other truck. Now, the one on the right, Is where I have put most of my money in. This is a 1956 ford f100. I have a 302 out of an 1981 Thunderbird. We had it completely machined out and I got on the Summit website to get all the part. So I know what it takes to rebuild a motor, Both skills and money. But I got the dome performance pistons. I had my step dad help me on most of the rebuild since it was my first one. But we tuned it to run on Cam2 back when it was like $3 a gallon. Now that its about $10 a gallon, we turned the timing back to run 93 pump gas on it. But we put power steering in it and some extra monitoring gauges like a temp gauge, tac, and oil pressure gauges. I am 18 years old and my parents have told me that I have a hell of a car collection for an 18 year old. And that I will never have any money if I keep finding projects. But needless to say, the 56 stays in a garage.
 
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Nice rigs!
Where are you in Ohio? I'm in Akron
 
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I'm In Richwood. If you know where Marion or Marysville is, your about 15 miles from where i'm at.
 


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