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Old 04-26-2007, 03:59 PM
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I've heard some rumours that the old 4-53, 3-53, 4-71, and 3-71 detroit diesels can be fitted into gmc and chevy pickups. They are supposed to fit right up to the older 4 spd standards, and probably require some new motor mounts.

i don't know if it would be a very practical engine swap as the detroit is a rather heavy engine for that displacement. but as a gmc/chevy/diesel/detroit engine fanatic i think it would be a cool project and quite a noisy and noticable truck to tear around in

anyone know of the possibilities of this??
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Old 04-26-2007, 07:04 PM
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I've heard some rumours that the old 4-53, 3-53, 4-71, and 3-71 detroit diesels can be fitted into gmc and chevy pickups. They are supposed to fit right up to the older 4 spd standards, and probably require some new motor mounts.

i don't know if it would be a very practical engine swap as the detroit is a rather heavy engine for that displacement. but as a gmc/chevy/diesel/detroit engine fanatic i think it would be a cool project and quite a noisy and noticable truck to tear around in

anyone know of the possibilities of this??
There used to be a couple guys in Bakersfield that put 4-53's into 3/4 ton Internationals. Stouter front suspension. With an Alison they saw 18 mpg and with a standard 22 mpg. They would climb a telephone pole if you could get the traction. But they leak and are very NOISY!
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Old 04-26-2007, 10:13 PM
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The other thing to consider is that those motors are very tall. Might need a body lift to fit and still close the hood. Those noisey old leakers sure are fun though...
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Old 04-26-2007, 10:30 PM
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i was told you might get 200 hp out of it, but some wild torque.........and noisy detroits sound really nice

i was also told they are rather hard to find and expensive to rebuild........i wouldn't mind getting my hands on a good used one as a project though

they may have been leaky way back when, but as i recall my dad has a 6-71 in an old farm truck, it was rebuilt over ten years ago and last i saw it looked pretty clean
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Old 04-27-2007, 12:49 PM
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No body lift required. Stock GM manual will not fit up. Some welding required to get it mounted inside. Great sound. Can be muffled a reduce noise but will always have the 2 stroke roar. Many add a auxilliary overdrive transmission to compensate for the rear end ratio.
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Old 04-27-2007, 12:52 PM
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Forgot to add that a properly built Detroit two stroke will not leak any more that one of our 6.2's.
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Default Detroit Diesel in a W200 Dodge,

One of our members has put a Detroit in a old dodge, and is using for sled pulling in Europe. He has posted pictures in the photo area. Take a look.

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4-53's used to be used for power in the rail refrigerator cars. Might find a rail road dismantler.
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I remember seeing an article in Four Wheeler mag of a 6V-53 install in a GM pickup truck. If memory serves they were running a brownie behind a 5 speed tranny out of a big truck. 20 forward gears...

I spent years just behind a 318 Detroit in a Western Star. I still kinda miss the sound. Hmm, wonder if that is why I am a tad deaf?

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Old 04-28-2007, 09:47 AM
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A very nicely built 6V53 was on Ebay this week. Installed in a 70's Ford 3/4 ton truck of all things. They are hoping to get big bucks for it. They ran an auction for the same truck a few months ago with out selling it.
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