Yes it's better to try and find the engine you want than one that needs a lot of parts. The best detroit for a swap is one that's already set up with the right governor and flywheel housing. The governor to get for auto use is D.W.L.S and either a #2 or #3 flywheel housing. If you can find a Gama goat 353, they came with automotive style flywheel housings so you could bolt up automotive 4-5 speeds etc. There are a couple different companies that make adapters to fit newer trans up to #1,2,3 housings so there's a lot of options. There's a lot of info in the Detroit section at the top of the page in the sticky section. What do you plan on putting the 353 in?Would it be correct to say that flywheel housing and governor are two critical factors when searching for a suitable engine for a vehicle swap? If so, would it be best to avoid industrial engines, or is it simple to replace governor and flywheel housing with a limiting speed/SAE #X? I’d like to get my hands on a 3-53 that’s closer to running condition as I slowly work on my 6v53. There are some on eBay that seem like decent deals, but I’m cautious about making large purchases without knowing enough. I apologize if this question has been answered in the past. Thanks, Charlie in Vancouver.
Your welcome and yes you're correct. Here's a great site that covers a lot of information on Detroit's and one I used in choosing my engine for a swap. https://www.powerlinecomponents.com/literature/detroit_diesel/il53_model_chart.htmThanks A310! Would it be safe to say that a 5037 (F/W-vehicle,) and right hand rotation (-5xxx,6xxx,7xxx,8xxx) would fall into the category of having a DWLS governor and SAE #1-3 housing? Or, are there unusable variations within those model numbers. I’ve been enjoying reading the stickies. Lots of great info. My first goal is to get a hold of a running or close to running 3-53 so I can learn the engine. Then I’d like to swap it into my existing ‘94 F150 or, if that’s too much for her, then a 3/4 ton. No need to tow anything, just make some runs to get gravel or Home Depot. Thanks again.
True, I've stopped looking for parts now as I no longer have any room for more engines. They do come up from time to time and at the right price as well. I just picked up 2 blowers and a bunch of Detroit parts from an old Detroit mechanic, and will go get some more when my truck is done. His son works in a machine shop and said I could grab a rebuilt 353 block that never got used, but like I'll wait on that one. Thinking of repowering my 1965 Allis Chalmers forklift with a 353.I had 2 Gama goats engine last fall I sold and I had one couple years ago so they are still out there
Great news, You can usually get an oil port on the oil filter housing and if you don't have one there you can find many on your block. Have a look in your manual under lubrication section and it will list all the points to get oil pressure. Before you start the engine make sure to pull the valve cover and make sure all the rack and injectors move freely.Well, I brought home what I think is a decent 3-53 out of an International S-8 skidder. I am over the moon and I can’t wait to fire it up. It’s not totally what I was looking for, but it’s not seized, everything under rocker cover looks good and was ALLEGEDLY rebuilt not long before being put into storage. It is a 5033-5001 from early seventies and has, an SAE #3 flywheel housing, but a SW-VS governor. In preparation for start up, I’m going replace the primary and secondary fuel filter, oil filter and change the oil with 40 weight oil. I would like to hook up an oil pressure gauge. Would anyone suggest a particular location for oil pressure sensing? Thanks
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Yeah, this forum averaged half a dozen or more posts a day 5 years ago, then a few of the more active members moved on and it has been in decline ever since. Once in a while someone will ask a question on how to put a Detroit in a chevy pick-up, but I don't know anything about them! bounce Seriously, I know several have been built, have you checked the sticky of build threads.Doesn't look like there is too much activity here.
Thanks for your reply Steve, at least someone is listening. You're COE project sounds great!Yeah, this forum averaged half a dozen or more posts a day 5 years ago, then a few of the more active members moved on and it has been in decline ever since. Once in a while someone will ask a question on how to put a Detroit in a chevy pick-up, but I don't know anything about them!Doesn't look like there is too much activity here.Seriously, I know several have been built, have you checked the sticky of build threads.
I've got a project involving a 6v53T going into a hot rod truck, (47 Autocar COE) but progress is slow and I have to build most of the truck before the engine work starts. Probably a year away yet!