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Deisel Swap into old ford pickup!

I have a 53 ford f100 pickup, I've been thinking about doing a full diesel swap for some time now. What do you guys think? is it even possible? i've never done anything like this, but was thinking maybe a 7.3, manual tranny.
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Its been done. Guy had to widen the entire body 7 inches I think? thats a lot of motor designed for a small truck

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The 7.3 is wide and the Cummings is long. There is a 63 dodge with a Cummings 6.7 the firewall had to be moved into the cab to make room for the engine.
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Its been done. Guy had to widen the entire body 7 inches I think? thats a lot of motor designed for a small truck
I wouldn't think you would need to widen the body 7 Inches. That is so much in terms of engine compartment space. Maybe the firewall was moved 7 inches for the intercooler and radiator. The 7.3 powerstroke is 34"L x 32"W x 36"H. Just fyi a 6.0 is bigger....

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I wish I could remember where the guy was from and where I saw it. Its been in diesel power I believe. I know for a fact he had to widen the body to make it fit. There was a lot of sheet metal work done

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I wouldn't think you would need to widen the body 7 Inches. That is so much in terms of engine compartment space. Maybe the firewall was moved 7 inches for the intercooler and radiator. The 7.3 powerstroke is 34"L x 32"W x 36"H. Just fyi a 6.0 is bigger....

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Thanks for the measurements! ill measure my engine compartment to see! You think the 7.3 would be a good motor for it? or would there be something with smaller dimensions.. Im not sure if i could widen the whole body for it.
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I've seen 7.3 powerstroke in a mustang.... It was only widened at the strut towers which you know isn't your problem in a 53 F100

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Do you want it to just be cool? if so do a 4bt and it will fit right in there. Anything more and you will be into some modifications length and width wise

To further up my earlier statements I found the truck I was talking about being widened but its a 40s style trucks. Which is more narrow I believe

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I have a 428 non CJ in my 67 F100 and according to my research the FE motors are 6" narrower than a 7.3 Powerstroke. Seems. Like 3" more on each side is doable without major sheet metal fabrication. Might have to rework the inner fenders but for sure

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+1 on the 4bt.


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