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Old 01-10-2013, 06:20 PM
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Using the 2.3L ford in a rod

Hi everybody I am new to this forum but not to hot rodding. I built my first rod in the mid 70's. My problem is this I have a 27 C cab T pick up I am building. My first choice for a engine was a 4BT cummins. For many reasons. 1. I have been a heavy equipment mechanic for 35 years and a huge diesel engine fan. 2. To have something differnt than everything else out there. 3. Fuel milage and reliability. But I just can't seem to make the frame and front end hold up to that kind of weight and torque. Not to mention what it does to the handling on a car like this. So I have rethought this and because the car is so small it would to me be a natural for a 4 cylinder engine. And I want to use a ford engine in a ford so I figured the 2.3L would be the best choice for this. I want spirited performance so I will hop it up somewhat. If I could get about 140hp out of it I would think that it would be plenty in a light car like this. But the biggest reason for building this car is just for fun. I think I would have to use a automatic as pedal room is limited in the cab. My question to anyone who has done something close to this kind of build is this a realistic combo that will give me good performance. And any other hints or tips would be very welcome. Or if you just want to tell me I'm nuts thats fine too. Thanks Bill
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