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Have 56 F600 -should I strip it down and build F100?

 
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Question Have 56 F600 -should I strip it down and build F100?

I have a 1956 F600 cab/chassis that came from Rhode Island,and was from the caterpillar company and even has the orange paint.
It has 88,000 miles with 272 and 4 speed and 2 speed rear.

Question is--should I tear it down,and put as much as possible of it onto a 56F100 frame? It seems the big trucks are not worth as much as I had hoped. I have another great 56F600 and this other truck is on my list for the diesel swap. I now think it would make a great F100.
WHAT TO DO? Most people want a f100. These big trucks are a passion of mine,but now I am concerned that to keep this big truck on the road---it is easier and cheaper to build it into an f100. Let's hear it? Bill
 
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Yes, go for it. Get a titled F100 chasis that is in need of a good cab and swap it over.
 
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Old 05-01-2008, 07:37 PM
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I say no, but I have a soft spot for big trucks, too. Sounds like it might've been an old service truck, perhaps? I'd love to have an old big truck, drop a modern diesel and running gear into it and have one awesome tow rig. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find one around here.

F-100s are practically a dime a dozen. The bigger trucks just don't seem as common. I vote for keeping it like it is, or maybe selling it if you don't really get excited about it.
 
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thats a hard one bud . i tore apart that completely rotted 56 f-600 for parts then turned my f350 into a half ton . if i'd have it over i'da found a place to put em both and leave 'em alone as they were other than too repair . my f-4 isn't selling due to it being a "bigun" and i dont care it's gonna stay that way . no more of it for me .
 
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I'll stop and look at a big truck at the show before I look at another belly-button effie.
if you'd said C-600, I'd been puffin my inhaler and poppin a hypertension pill...
 
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Bill,
I still think that I would go for the cab swap, keep the original paint on the cab with a black set of f100 fenders. Keep the big truck stuff so you can put it back to original if needed. Yes there are a lot of F100s but the cruising potential for a F600 is limited.
 
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Sounds like you have a nice original F-600. I would keep it as a F-600 but I love the old larger trucks. I always suggest keeping the original parts - drive train. You then have the choice to put it back as an original. JMHO.
 
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If you want to really drive it build it as an F100. I try in both vehicles and boats to only own what I will use. I have been thu the process of having a lot of vehicles and not really using them. However, yard art is an enjoyable part of the hobby also!
 
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I would also go the F-100 route especially if you want something practical to cruise in. Big trucks aren't practical for cruisin'...
 
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keep it an f600, I like the thought of a cummins diesel tow rig.
 
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Well the problem is--I have 3--1956 ford big trucks,and this 1 is a cab/chassis and the body is not that good. My other trucks are nicer. 1 is the camper/parts hauler and the other is now in Pa and getting the diesel swap. I have this caterpillar 56,and think either sell it whole--or take off what I need and put on a f100 frame. I also have a 1956 F100 project that is being moved soon into my new ''build'' area. This is a small window like I had when I was a kid and will be all stock.
Since my hospital stay--swore to get out of the big trucks,but what to do? I now drive the 71 F100 and it will be a stocker also--just dual exhaust.
So I need more ideas!! I think of taking the cab off,and minting out the frame and rebuilding the yblock and then set the new cab I am getting on that. I certainly have enough big-truck fenders,etc. to use.
Cruising in a big-truck is cool---but I have more than I need. I am also very dissapointed in the yblocks and their oiling systems. I should have gone the 6 cylinder route!! What do you think???? Bill
 
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Y blocks RULE! I talked to Bob C. and his stocker is for sale (you know the green one) $45,000 firm!

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Bob Clark's meadow-green 56 F100 is super/super nice. Just the way I want one. It is too nice though for me. I have a trailer queen already,and want a nice 56 driver. My trailer queen is a 1963 R2 Supercharged Studebaker Avanti,from California,and 61,000 miles,and although it is nice--I want to drive my trucks. Tell Bob Clark -that his truck is way toooo much for me. There was a 56 F100 meadow-green on ebay and it was more my style. Yblocks are nice--but I will be just as happy with a 6 cylinder and 3 on the tree.
As for my big-truck ideas---I am split on what to do? Bigwin--you don't drive your big-truck ----why not? It is a nice truck.
Bill
 
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I killed a '56 F500 and a '56 F600 to get F100 parts. I sold the hood bird off the 500 for more than I paid for the pair. I made nearly $2K in part sales(and scrapping the 2 chassis') and got a mint cab, doors, hood, chrome grill, and many other parts for free, so I don't feel bad about it at all. I figure with the price of scrap, at least pieces of these trucks will live on, rather than the whole works going into the crusher.
 
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Stay Big, less of them, be different and be cool. I am seriously considering keeping the C-600 COE I was given the task of selling. The more I see of these big older trucks the more I like them. Too many F100's out there. Just my 2cents
 

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