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Old 06-23-2014, 07:39 AM Rookie

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Questions: Putting a 1951 Ford pickup cab on a 99 F250 Powerstroke chassis

I would appreciate any information or advice on my questions below, thanks to anyone that can help.

I have a 99 (Build date 1/99) F250 4x4 7.3 Turbo Diesel (Regular Cab) and I'm going to do a rebody project, placing the Cab of a 1951 1.5 Ton Ford Truck on the Chassis. (The 1.5 ton truck had much bigger fenders = more room for my engine and bigger tires).

I've done several rebodys in the past (57 GMC 2ton on a 99 Silverado 4x4 Chasis,'s really not that complicated and can be done in a weekend if you have the right equipment (something to lift the cab, etc..).

The big question i have to the experts on this forum is how much space the 7.3 turbo diesel takes up in the engine compartment as compared to some of the other older pickups from the 60's/70's/80's/90's/etc..
Overall Length
Overall Width
Example: as compared to the LS1 / Vortech engines or some of the Ford big block engines of the 70's / 80's / 90's

High level summary of how the rebody done:
1.) Remove all sheet metal from the 1999, carefully removing the steering column, brake pedals and booster, etc., wiring harnesses, AC/heat hoses, etc..etc.

2.) Center the 1951 front fenders and hood over the front wheels of the Diesel Chassis. That's your reference point. (Do not install the inner fenders yet...they will not fit...they will have to be cut.).

3.) Sit the 1951 Ford cab on the chassis and scoot it forward until it meets the front fenders. This is where you'll have to cut/modify the firewall to make room.

When placing the 57 GMC cab on the 99 Silverado frame (v8 5.3), it actually fit, but firewall was touching the back of engine and wiring harnesses so I clearanced it 2 inches so it could be maintenanced in the future. The inner fenders also had to be cut t make room for exhaust and radiator, etc...

I need to know how the size of the 7.3 (Turbo) engine and exhaust, etc... compares (front to back & side to side) to the other Big Block engines.

I'm trying to determine (how much) cutting I'll have to do on the inner fenders and firewall or if it will even fit at all.

Does it take up more room (including turbos, etc...) than a Big Block 460, etc... ?

Thanks in advance

Mike Nelson
Denison, Tx

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There is actually a video on youtube of a guy that did this. He had to split the cab in half and add 9" because of how wide the motor is. I'd post a link but I can't access youtube at work.
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Man you need to take pictures & do a build thread on this.
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