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I realize that this is a personal choice thing, but I have gone back and forth between the two about 6 times. Is there any objective, logical, reason to chose one of these builds over the other? Both will be automatic -- is there a durable automatic with OD that bolts right up to either a 454 or 460? Is there a cheap donor vehicle with a frame and suspension that is perfect for either of these trucks?

I think I am at the point where either decision would be fine, but I figured I would ask the experts.

1) 1941-1946 Chevy pickup: 454 auto
2)1948 -1949 Ford F1: 460 auto

Any related advice (which donor vehicle to use, etc.) would be massively appreciated.

Help me break the tie! Thanks!!
 

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jamieson said:
I realize that this is a personal choice thing, but I have gone back and forth between the two about 6 times. Is there any objective, logical, reason to chose one of these builds over the other? Both will be automatic -- is there a durable automatic with OD that bolts right up to either a 454 or 460? Is there a cheap donor vehicle with a frame and suspension that is perfect for either of these trucks?

I think I am at the point where either decision would be fine, but I figured I would ask the experts.

1) 1941-1946 Chevy pickup: 454 auto
2)1948 -1949 Ford F1: 460 auto

Any related advice (which donor vehicle to use, etc.) would be massively appreciated.
Help me break the tie! Thanks!!
I'm a chevy guy so that's how I vote. The cost of building a Ford motor equivelant to a Chevy can get upwards of double the $$$. The old saying between the two is a "Ford cost twice as much to go half as fast". I know them Ford guys will start dinging me now. :boxing:
 

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I'm a chevy guy so that's how I vote. The cost of building a Ford motor equivelant to a Chevy can get upwards of double the $$$. The old saying between the two is a "Ford cost twice as much to go half as fast". I know them Ford guys will start dinging me now. :boxing:
^^^^^^^^^me agree, on the running gear :D

but, lets have some example pics of the two trucks
454 in a ford?
 

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I am a mopar guy, so picking between Chevy and Ford is tough for me (I dont want another 440 monster).

Here are a couple example pics.
OK, the chevy is way cooler looking

all I see when I look at the ford is "sanford and son"
 

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Dammit I was 51% in favor of the Ford before you said that. Haha. :p
of course the chevy reminds me of the movie karate kid, ( i think there was one ) but it still looks better :mwink:
 

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The Ford has more room in the cab. Something to consider if you are over 5 foot 8 inches or so. I would build the Ford and put a SBC in it.

A 57 to 72 F-100 Ford rear end ( 9 inch series ) is almost a direct bolt in on the Ford F1. While there is plenty of room for a big block ( either Ford or Chevrolet ) ... a small block is generally a better choice because of the weight. A big block makes those trucks nose heavy and affects the handing and steering.
 

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I am 6'9" tall... so the height is a huge issue. I was planning to cut the end of the cab off and move it back about a foot on either car. I didn't know the Ford had more room in it. I still cannot fit 6'9" in there, can I?

Thanks! Very helpful.
 

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jamieson said:
I am 6'9" tall... so the height is a huge issue. I was planning to cut the end of the cab off and move it back about a foot on either car. I didn't know the Ford had more room in it. I still cannot fit 6'9" in there, can I?

Thanks! Very helpful.
if you are going to change the cab, I would look at the back of the cab on each truck
go with the easiest to extend :thumbup:

(but I still think the chevy looks better :pimp: )
 

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The reason that Ford paints their engines blue is so that they don't frighten the fish when you use them as boat moorings. :D

Chevy all the way. Particularly since you were going to add a little room inside to fit that monster frame of yours inside. 6' 9", whew, that's some big dude!
 

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The Ford has more room in the cab. Something to consider if you are over 5 foot 8 inches or so. I would build the Ford and put a SBC in it.

A 57 to 72 F-100 Ford rear end ( 9 inch series ) is almost a direct bolt in on the Ford F1. While there is plenty of room for a big block ( either Ford or Chevrolet ) ... a small block is generally a better choice because of the weight. A big block makes those trucks nose heavy and affects the handing and steering.
I tried checking the engine weight of the original engine in the Chevy...I think it would have had a 216, and that's a heavy engine. Somewhere up around 630#.
Now I do understand that the 454 is around 45# more, but that should be easily remedied with an aluminum intake, possibly aluminum heads and light weight headers.
A little bit of careful choosing will keep the weight very similar to the original, and quite likely less.
 

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I just bought a '48 Ford about 30minutes ago (pic of it attached). I even paid the $100 quit-nagging-me-about-my-old-truck fee to the fiance so all is well!

I fell in love with the truck the second I saw it in person.
...and Deuce was absolutely right, there is way more room inside the Ford, I am pretty sure I can fit in there comfortably if I just get a skinnier bench seat. I almost fit as it is and it has a huge puffy bench in it.

Thanks so much for everyone's advice (even you damn dirty Chevy lovers! (practicing my Ford-guy routine)).

I am off to the search feature to figure out what to do about the suspension in this thing.
 

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ok, ok, your new truck is different than the sanfords' :thumbup:
congrats, on your new project :D
Easy there Matt, let's not be too kind to him just yet! :D

Shame he didn't get the Chevy...just way cooler! :cool:

Just kidding of course, the one thing that's different about the Ford is that it looks like a TRUCK. At least you can use it as a parts chaser for when you decide to build a Chevy later on. :thumbup:
 

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the more ford and mopars he builds
leaves all the cream for us chevy guys
Now that is funny!

Jeez, but some of us Chevy guys have a mean sense of humour, don't we? Hehehehehe!

Actually, I wish him well with his build...even if he does use a boat mooring for a motor! :evil:
 
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