Antique Engines and Old Iron
[Home] - [HELP] - [Forums] - [Library] - [Photo Gallery] - [Groups] - [Classified Ads] - [Subscribe] - [Links] - [Books] - [Sponsors] -

Go Back   SmokStak > SmokStak® General Discussion > Trucks, Trailers and Hauling for Shows
Forgot Password? Join Us!


Trucks, Trailers and Hauling for Shows The ins and outs of setting up a show trailer and getting it to and from the engine show. Please be fully aware of our web site Terms of Use Disclaimer as you read. Safety first!

Trucks, Trailers and Hauling for Shows

Detroit in a Pickup.

this thread has 53 replies and has been viewed 54119 times

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-07-2008, 10:38:37 PM
PFT's Avatar
PFT PFT is offline
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Johnstown, Colorado, USA
Posts: 1,109
Thanks: 1,569
Thanked 786 Times in 363 Posts
Images: 31
Default Re: Detroit in a Pickup.

Rick, did that 3-53 come out of a Gamma Goat? Is it still going and holding up ok? I wondered about the durability of the aluminum version. I have one stashed away in the barn waiting for the right canidate truck to put it in.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 02-08-2008, 01:28:38 PM
Tommy Stojanov Tommy Stojanov is offline
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Spencerport, New York
Posts: 39
Thanks: 4
Thanked 7 Times in 3 Posts
Default Re: Detroit in a Pickup.

Hi Folks-

Thanks for all the responses. I've seen a number of 6BT and 4BT swaps. Everyone tries to tell me Cummins- but a Detroit in a truck is much more unique- I guess that's what I'm trying to accomplish. I have a '95 2500 Dodge now with the 6BTA and P pump. I like the engine, but am looking for something different for this next project.

Now I'll share some of the info I've found and stories.

I have seen a Ford F350 with a DTA360 and the AFC slightly adjusted, he claimed that he regularly pulled around 30K. Last I heard from him he killed his 14 bolt corporate and swapped in a Dana 80. He also had to make his own rims since the road speed on the truck wasn't very impressive. His next project was a DT466 in another F350- but I doubt the 60 front would take it. I bet that a DT466 will last a heck of a lot longer than a 6.5 . And probably better fuel economy too!

I was thinking of using a 6-404T Deere since it took a standard bell, however the deal ended up falling through. I have only heard mention of this engine in a pickup.

As Perkins go- I was considering purchasing a 70's C30 that someone had adapted a 6.354 into. They added an HX35 turbo (likely off a 6B.) I also beleive it had an electro/ mechanical over/under. It ended up on eBay about a year ago, didn't go for very much. The biggest problem was getting it home- it was in WI and I was busy with school. The T6.354.4 or Phaser engine would have been cool. I beleive the engine came out of a worn Massey combine and the owner decided to place it in his pickup.

I looked at a '79 C30 3+3 that the frame had been extended on to fit a 14' utility box. The wheelbase was ridiculous. The only marginally decent thing about it in my opinion was the 8.2T and the MT647 Allison. If it were a little shorter I would have had it. The original power to the truck was a 454, then a 4-53N with added turbo, and finally the 8.2. The fellow said he had so much trouble with the natural block being turbocharged that he went right to the Detroit dealer and said he wanted a new engine capable for pickup use and an automatic transmisson. A 3 spd auxillary was also added. I wish he would have added a Silver 4-53T, but if that were the case it would be long sold by now. The fellow used to tow his skidder and logs back from the Adirondacks with this truck. There was an interesting hydraulic brake arrangement for the trailer. He claimed it worked well.

A fellow who I met at Canadaigua a few years back had a 3-53T in a '78 F-100. It had a T404 turbo, N70 bodies with DDEC tips off an 8v92, NP435 tranny, NP205 transfer case, a heavy 44 front and 14 bolt corporate rear. He claimed it did about 24mpg. It was pretty quick too for what it was.

Just the other day I heard of a 3208T in an F250 not too far from my house. I guess its for sale too and I'll be checking into that. Someone told me that some serious changes to the cab and tunnel were made, enough so one has to place their foot at an angle to depress the accelerator.

BTW as far as I know all aluminum 3-53's were for the U.S. Military and any I've found were out of a gama goat. The nice thing about the aluminum motor is the weight and the fact that you can turbo this engine without blowing out the airbox gasket. I beleive they had a standard bell on them as well.
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2008, 01:57:47 AM
bill chasser bill chasser is offline
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: sacramento CA usa
Posts: 447
Thanks: 9
Thanked 97 Times in 72 Posts
Default Re: Detroit in a Pickup.

The 3208 in the f anything ford is a bad ugly swap. When you see it you'll know why. There wa a couple gm pu here in sacramento in the 70 and 80s with detriot two 4x4s with mudders that ran around Citrus heights but haven't seen them for years both ran what sounded to be 6v53TT, with alot of boost and at minimum110 nozzles. The smoke boiled out the pipes. My auto shop teacher in the 70s was putting a 4-53t in a early 70, f supercab and it fizzled. I have a friend in the auburn areas built a 1ton chassis with a 6v53TT and construted a 1945 lo mount peterbuilt cab and fenders over it. looked pretty nice when I saw it 20+ yrs ago. But I can't tell you who has one here any more with the Cal EPA Emmissions ;crap we have to deal with. Everything got scrapped or parked..
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2008, 06:46:54 AM
Ray Freeman Ray Freeman is online now
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Perth Western Australia
Posts: 498
Thanks: 87
Thanked 186 Times in 127 Posts
Default Re: Detroit in a Pickup.

Ford fitted the little 4.1 litre Perkins/Mazda in F100's here in the late 70's (Australia) It was the most gutless thing I ever drove. There were a few around with 3 cylinder GM's. I don't know how they went but they sounded nice. I imagine the easiest and most practical would be the 5.9 Cummins or even a mechanically injected 7,3 Navistar if you don't want to fool with electronics. I pull a heavy trailer with my line boring gear which runs about 71/2 ton all up with a 97 F350 7.3. Its been reliable,cheap on fuel and heaps of power with a mild chip.
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2008, 09:02:31 AM
ELIDAS ELIDAS is offline
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Waterbury,CT
Posts: 165
Thanks: 0
Thanked 35 Times in 30 Posts
Default Re: Detroit in a Pickup.

A fewb years back we had a customer that put a (I believe) 3-71 in a Jeep Wagoneer. It wasn't pretty but ran it everywhere. He worked for the bus company so parts didn't seem to be a problem.
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2008, 09:40:53 AM
greysteam24hp greysteam24hp is offline
Email Over Quota
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Goshen, Indiana USA
Posts: 2,622
Thanks: 3,119
Thanked 3,246 Times in 1,008 Posts
Images: 100
Default Re: Detroit in a Pickup.

I have seen a older Chevy truck used a combine diesel engine. He got it from the combine junk yard and paid 500.00 for it then installed it. It does fit into transmission bolt pattern. He travel all over USA. Runs and sounds like turbo diesel tractor. I don't know which combine diesel
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2008, 02:35:27 PM
Mikey4026's Avatar
Mikey4026 Mikey4026 is offline
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Eatonville, Washington
Posts: 656
Thanks: 344
Thanked 277 Times in 161 Posts
Default Re: Detroit in a Pickup.

I worked for a Detroit Diesel dealer in the late 70's. They had transplanted 453 and 453T's into all of the Chevrolet service trucks and PU's. The 453's were ok around town, but severly lacking in the mountains, 4th gear too tall, 3rd gear low. The 453t's were fine, if you could keep them running. Did one with an 8V53 T with an Allison, had trouble keeping it cool when fully loaded, not enough frontal area on the pickup. The 453's were getting over 20 mpg. Noisy as hell unless turbocharged!
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2008, 08:08:00 PM
Fred Van Hook's Avatar
Fred Van Hook Fred Van Hook is offline
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Sebring, Florida
Posts: 2,854
Thanks: 3,717
Thanked 9,386 Times in 1,576 Posts
Images: 480
Photo Re: Detroit in a Pickup.

This is not a Detroit and it's only a F150. It's a Allis Chalmers diesel. The owner says it works great.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Illiana05 031.jpg
Views:	1417
Size:	153.5 KB
ID:	29274  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2008, 09:52:20 PM
magicmikey magicmikey is offline
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Kamloops B.C. Canada
Posts: 30
Thanks: 0
Thanked 9 Times in 6 Posts
Default Re: Detroit in a Pickup.

F350 with a V6 Cummins.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	f-350-3.jpg
Views:	1195
Size:	106.4 KB
ID:	29282  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2008, 10:07:50 PM
Tom Sampson's Avatar
Tom Sampson Tom Sampson is offline
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Ohio, USA
Posts: 1,021
Thanks: 2,005
Thanked 3,877 Times in 512 Posts
Images: 76
Default Re: Detroit in a Pickup.

A friend of mine put a 4-53T in a 60's Gmc pickup His name is Dan Renavits. He drives all over the country. If you PM me I'll send you his number. I also saw a fellow last year at the Columbia Station Ohio engine show that put a 6V53 with a 13 speed trans in a 70's Chevy pickup. He had Jake brakes and even put a air brake chamber under the back of the truck that was operated with a micro switch to the brake peddle because his son loved to hear the Air sound when he stepped on the brakes. He did one of the best installs I had seen. I believe Dan Renavits also knows him.
Tom Sampson
check out my engine videos at
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

F o r u m Jump

Similar Threads Chosen at Random
Thread Thread Starter F o r u m Replies Last Post
28 buick, pickup hot rod Andy Williams Antique Autos and Trucks 4 09-26-2008 02:28:29 PM
Model T Ford Pickup Conversion OldironJeff Antique Autos and Trucks 0 02-05-2008 12:29:21 AM
1949 international pickup CAnger Antique Autos and Trucks 7 11-11-2007 05:49:50 AM
Gas tank pickup tube JCullom Antique Gas Engine Discussion 20 10-10-2005 07:59:20 PM

Use "Ctrl" mouse wheel to change screen size.
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:38:00 PM.

Smokstak and Enginads site search!

All use is subject to our TERMS OF SERVICE
SMOKSTAK® is a Registered Trade Mark - A Community of Antique Engine Enthusiasts
Copyright © 2000 - 2016 by Harry Matthews P.O. Box 5612 - Sarasota, FL 34277