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5.9 or 7.3 Diesel for my 58-59 ?

First of all I have neither a 58 or 59 truck, YET, lol. but am doing my homework to see which way I need to go. My final dream truck is a 58 or 59 longed, fleet side,big window chevy, bagged with a 5.9 or 7.8 diesel,2 wheel drive, standard tranny preferable. I just want a daily driver, with a solid body, so do I go thru an entire diesel transplant into an older chassis, or drop a decent body on a dodge or ford chassis?? Which way would be easier? leaning towards finding a decent body to throw on a newer chassis..... thanx for any input!
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b series cummins whether the 5.9 or 3.9 would be the easiest and coolest swap imo and the aftermarket power wise is incredible and can be made very street able while still having gobs of tire roasting power
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It seems more feasible swapping the drivetrain (engine, ecu, trans) into the body than you are trying to make the body fit on the frame, not to mention where you're going to find a 2wd, light duty, diesel-equipped truck to set a body on that will be easy to bag and slam.
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So you guys think I could throw a 5.9 cummins in a 58-59 chevy frame without throwing in the entire dodge front clip ?? It would just be nice to have updated front suspension etc.... and is there a cummins diesel swap "kit" or something to help this process along ??
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So you guys think I could throw a 5.9 cummins in a 58-59 chevy frame without throwing in the entire dodge front clip ?? It would just be nice to have updated front suspension etc.... and is there a cummins diesel swap "kit" or something to help this process along ??
None that I know of, but I'm not big on diesel propulsion. I do think that you should get a donor vehicle with the engine, trans and computer of your choice and use that as a basis to swap everything in to the 58-59 chevy frame. If you want an IFS, your best bet is to use a front clip from a vehicle other than the donor truck. You're going to want something that has a great aftermarket support (you're bagging it, like you said) and fits the frame rails in the front.

I've heard people mention using the front subframe of a 2nd generation F-body, and I think that you might want to find a trailing arm suspension from a 60's pickup for the rear bags.

The biggest thing I can suggest is doing what you're doing now: asking questions and do some research. Google is your best friend in this matter. See what other people have done before you start cutting and spending. You may find that your skill set doesn't match your wants, and you might be better off finding some kind of a compromise. IE a prebagged truck from that era that you can swap the diesel drivetrain into.

Either way, I just want you to know that there's no simple answer. It's going to take a lot of hard work, some skill and a patience to get this project on the road. Try to not get discouraged.
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I know where there is a complete 7.3 with a truck still attached to it.
pros,7.3 is a great engine(so is the dodge),common,easy to work on,most parts are reasonable. non turbo is 160 hp and easy to start.
problems with 7.3,non adjustable clutch linkage with tiny clutch rod,,,fix by making a bigger and adjustable rod.
7.3 needs to be upgraded to a 12 inch clutch.

depends on cost,both engines can make more power
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