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4-53T Detroit conversation.

Discussion in 'Diesel Conversion Forum' started by 84M1008, Oct 29, 2019.

  1. 84M1008

    84M1008 Registered User

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    Hello all, I plan on doing a 4-53T Detroit conversion on my 84 Chevy K30. Any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Eli

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    That's a LOT of motor for that chassis, in the neighborhood of 1300 pounds - plus transmission! GM made a lot of medium trucks in that era with 4-53Ts, scrapping one out is probably your easiest plan.

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  3. DaveBen

    DaveBen Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    A buddy of mine did a 4-53 conversion into a Ford F-150 (1960's model) and it was a DOG! I have driven and owned Detroit Diesel 8V92TA, in a 10 wheel dump truck, and that sucker moved a load. Not like high horsepower engines of today, it was no Dog. I am not a fan of these old engines.
     
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    you couldn't pay me to deal with GM's steering boxes anymore.
    I put a 6 bt in a 77 1 ton frame with a 69 elcrapimno ontop.
    framerails would bend by leaning on them...
    and youre likely going to have to cut that crossmember...
    gonna need some beef.

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