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SBC in a ford?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by TulsaChokehld, Jan 16, 2005.

  1. TulsaChokehld
    Joined: Apr 26, 2004
    Posts: 65

    from Tulsa OK

    OK, I have a question for anyone who can or is willing to answer it. I have a Chevy 350 that is waiting for a vehicle to be put into. Well, yesterday in my regular travels around town, I saw a early 50's Ford PU for sale. Unfurtunately, it was in a fenced in lot with barbed wire around the top of the fence, so I couldn't get too close to it to check it out. Also, I couldn't see a number to call about how much the truck is. Then I began to think about it.... How much of a pain in the ass woud it be to get a SBC to fit into that generation ford?

    Like I said in the begining, any and all info is welcome.
    Now, onto my biscuits and gravy, I will return shorty to see if anyone has responded.

  2. TulsaChokehld
    Joined: Apr 26, 2004
    Posts: 65

    from Tulsa OK

  3. Dirty2
    Joined: Jun 13, 2004
    Posts: 8,903


    There is lots of room in a 50's ford truck to put any motor in !!!
  4. Deuce Roadster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2002
    Posts: 9,519

    Deuce Roadster
    Member Emeritus


    I have had a few of the 1948 to 1956 Ford picups with a SBC in them........real easy to do. Automatic transmissions make it a lot easier. I used a crossmember kit from Speedway. It is too long (on purpose) and you just trim it to the correct width and weld it in. Then I used a piece of box tubing and made the transmission crossmember. I installed a 59 Ford F100 rear in mine. It is a 9 inch so I could easily change the rear ratio to a 3.25 (highway driving).


  5. Fat Hack
    Joined: Nov 30, 2002
    Posts: 7,709

    Fat Hack
    from Detroit

    Several companies make swap kits to drop SBCs into early 50s Ford peekups...real popular with rodders since about the late 50s, actually!

    A dude in my 'hood built a 50 Ford pickup on a mid 70s Chevy truck frame and made it fit/look/work well...was his sunny day driver for YEARS with a stone stock, but fully refurbished Chevy truck chassis and 350 4v.

  6. You gotta be kiddin' me,,,,,,I thought they put SBC in fords from the factory! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]HRP
  7. Upchuck
    Joined: Mar 19, 2004
    Posts: 1,576

    from Canada BC

    [ QUOTE ]
    You gotta be kiddin' me,,,,,,I thought they put SBC in fords from the factory! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]HRP

    [/ QUOTE ]

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] well I dunno about them coming installed but they were designed for the eventual swap [​IMG]
  8. TulsaChokehld
    Joined: Apr 26, 2004
    Posts: 65

    from Tulsa OK

    Thanks all. that is basicaly what I was asking. I didnt knwo if it was going to be a pain in the ass to do. Now that I knwo it is a relativlely easy swap, I will definately be trying to get ahold of the guy selling it. Hopefully, he doesnt want too much for it and I can find a place to keep this fucking thing.
  9. Rocklock
    Joined: Aug 8, 2004
    Posts: 31


    And that is how to improve a sbc, put it in a real truck... but it sure cheapens the Ford.
    Joined: Jun 2, 2002
    Posts: 9,635

    Classified's Moderator

    <font color="green">I thought those old Fords came with Chevy small blocks in them already?

    Mama Rash was after Christmas shopping and saw a 32 Ford model going cheap, called to see if I wanted it. DUH. She gets it home and I'm looking it over and the damn thing has an SBC in it, ramhorns and all!

  11. Dirk35
    Joined: Mar 8, 2001
    Posts: 2,043


    IF you get the truck, I have a 48 Ford PU cab (been wrecked on passenger side, but the glass and the majority of it is good) and the back half of the frame with a checvy 10 bolt rear-end Ill give you for free if you haul it away.

    Free, Free, Free.
  12. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 21,403


    I put a 350 in my 53 Ford F100. It was easy. Just don't buy the motor mounts from No Limit. They are a joke.
  13. Crosley
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,045

    from Aridzona

    small block chev 350 , mustang II front suspension, ford 8 inch maverick rear diff under this 1961 Dodge Lancer.

  14. McGrath
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
    Posts: 1,414


    I don't know about Fords from the 50's, but my '65 F100 didn't even require special mounts for the SBC swap. I used '69 Chevy Truck motor mounts, and it set right down in place of the original 352 with no other modifications. I did have to make a crossmember for the tranny, but thats pretty simple.

    On hindsight though, I should have moved the Frame mounts forward about an inch before dropping the SBC in. The extra room for the HEI distributor would have been nice... [​IMG]
  15. corrosive
    Joined: Apr 30, 2013
    Posts: 6

    from 08070

    I have a 59 f100 .im doing a sbc swap. do u need to remove the old k-member out ? it had the six and three on the tree.
  16. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 26,638

    Jalopy Joker

    so, have a Chevy motor laying around and going to put it in a Ford truck that is likely not For Sale. the pain that we put ourselves through trying to figure this stuff out..
  17. go-twichy
    Joined: Jul 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,650


    i was still in my fortys when this thread started!
  18. Holy mother of old thread coming back from the grave!
  19. My SBC 350 in a very roomy 50 Mercury!!

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  20. black 62
    Joined: Jul 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,895

    black 62
    from arkansas

    it is natures way...
  21. flathead_10
    Joined: Jul 2, 2011
    Posts: 144

    from Kansas

    Man a sbc in. A ford now Ive seen it all
  22. sedanbob
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
    Posts: 110


    This thread is almost old enough to prove that an SBC in a Ford is Traditional.
  23. steve185
    Joined: Sep 23, 2012
    Posts: 59


  24. old soul
    Joined: Jan 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,093

    old soul
    from oswego NY

    Im a chevy guy. But im starten to dig old fords. Its kind of a discrace to put a chevy motor in a ford. yucky!!! not cool in my eyes. Fords are the roots of this hobby. I think we should save as many old fords as we can. Ok im done running my mouth.
  25. davidh73750
    Joined: Apr 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,565


    Last month or so a somewhat looking original F1 on fast n loud looked like it had a old 283 in it. For a cruiser I don't mind a 350 olds or caddy motor. A roller 302 is good too what ever your budget allows just get it on road ASAP
  26. Ester Eddie
    Joined: Feb 26, 2012
    Posts: 3,988

    Ester Eddie
    from Alaska

    Ha I was reading through the thread .I got to you and checked the date! ha:eek:
  27. spiderdeville
    Joined: Jun 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,134

    from BOGOTA,NJ

    Bump For Ford Sourpusses to weep some more :)
  28. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792


    First post and it's an 8 year old thread. Classic FNG.
  29. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 7,037

    from Michigan

    This thread is so old it needs sandblasting and patch panels.

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