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Old 10-18-2012, 08:19 PM
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Okay, here is a question which will most likely get a few varied responses. I want to use a Ford 300cdi straight 6 in a truck which I plan to tow my camper to and from events. Camper weighs in about 2000lb loaded. I want to get the best mileage and yet have some performance to pull. Looking for automatic transmission and what rear axle. I would probably put front frame clip for power steering from donor Ford frame. What can anyone suggest?
300 straight 6 - Trans.?? - axle?? Thanks for your suggestions.

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You should not have to do a frame clip to get power steering. the pieces needed will depend on what chassis you have. My son traded off the 46 studebaker truck we had, Ford in line 6 engine. we looked at a toyota pickup power steering gear swap but the truck is gone.
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I would consider the new TCI 6 speed auto.For the engine I would buy a good intake efi,probably surf the lower output efis that can be tuned with a laptop.obviously not big stuff or others like that,,,,The cam selection will depend on you and what maximum power you want,compression around 9.2 plus or minus and after market MSD type ignition system. balance,blue print ,,,, maybe forged pistons,at least hypers...headers and low restriction exhaust
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Why not the 5 speed that came behind em?
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Jim, what 5 speed auto are you referring to? I think the costs might be better. I am also not sure of the rear axle ratios to go with that. My goal would be to have a great highway machine but still be able to pull the camper without stopping at every gas hole along the route. Speed is not the concern.
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5 speed is a stick...
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Yea I was talking manual trans
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