Thanks for the advice, everything that you just said was on my mind.It all depends on what you want out of the truck. I see this with Jeeps all the time. The question is should I hack up this Jeep to make a rockrawler or should I restore it. I say it depends on the condition and completeness. If it's above 90% restore, below 80% do whatever. It's not rare, they made a bazillion of them, but they haven't made any since 1953. Now if it was a Packard then I think you would know what to do.
If it is as complete as it looks I think you'd be nuts to do anything but restore it.
That being said, Lately I have been seeing much higher prices on Hot Rodded Trucks like that than on restoed originals. Shortbed Fords restoed at $25K Hot rod 56's at $50K+ Watch Barret Jackson for ideas on prices.
If you were going to Hot Rod it then a polished 4BT couldn't be all bad. But the truck would have to be brought up to the level of other trucks like it bodywise, paintwise, and interiorwise. $$$$$$$
If you were going to just swap ina 4BT and keep it in the condition it's in, I'd say you are throwing a bunch of money in the fire. It's worth much more to someone else, and you'd probably be better off selling it to them and building something else with the money.
haha.. i'm scared.It is my opinion that it would be worth more as-is to a Ford purist. And you'll save getting your neck rung by not doing a Cummins swap into it...
You're right, a 4-53 would be a bit big.Decide what you want to do with the truck, then decide what engine is best to help do it.
For an f150 the 4BT sounds like a whole lot better idea to me (and I like Detroits).
If you're set on a 4-53T think about a 3/4 or 1 ton to start with.
I wasn't seriously thinking of doing that, I think that it would be kinda stupid to devalue such an old truck. I just wanted other people's opinions on the matter. Its been the way it is for 57 years now you knowOf course, this is just opinion, but that truck would be so much nicer cleaned up and polished, with that gorgeous flathead left in place. I would consider a more modest upgrade, a tranny swap, to improve the drivabilty, and maybe a new pair of axles with disc brakes. Things that are invisible to the casual look, but that can be reversed back to factory, with no irreversible mods. That truck is drop dead gorgeous just the way it is.
Again, this is only my opinion, and everyone knows the saying about that.
I'd find something else to drop that diesel into.