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Detroit 4-53T swap update. #5327081 01/19/20 12:54 PM
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I've now got 400 miles on my Detroit 4-53T swap into a 2009 Ford F350 and so far it's been great. I'm now learning how to program the 5R110 to shift cleaner on full throttle shifts as well as locking the torque convertor in 3rd. All in all very happy with the power delivery and overall function. Here's a quick tube video going through the gears in town.:

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Re: Detroit 4-53T swap update. [Re: A310] #5327105 01/19/20 01:33 PM
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Screamin' Jimmy in a Ford. That will bother some blue oval fan boys.

I think it's cool. cool

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Originally Posted by 02SE
Screamin' Jimmy in a Ford. That will bother some blue oval fan boys.

I think it's cool. cool



Yes, thays the cats meow right there smile

Great work A310


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Re: Detroit 4-53T swap update. [Re: A310] #5327134 01/19/20 02:28 PM
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How quiet it is in the cab makes me want to put my 4-53T into something newer vs older. I will be curious to hear how your starting aids work for you, I would imagine that the oil heater and coolant heater should be more than sufficient at the house. I'm curious if the webasto will be needed for afternoon starts at the shop or not, but I suppose you could plug it in there as well. Do you have your modulator hooked up on the rack, or are you using your foot for smoke control?

The compound turbos sure make big big airbox pressure! If you ever overhaul it, I'd be tempted to use Silver liners and silver cams with advanced timing. With all the airbox pressure you have those would do a better job of keeping that air in the cylinder. I'd probably stick with green trunk pistons over the silver cross head, mostly because of their ability to withstand more RPM.

Cheers!


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Thanks for the update, really cool! thumbsup


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Re: Detroit 4-53T swap update. [Re: A310] #5327183 01/19/20 04:21 PM
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Nice. I want one!

Re: Detroit 4-53T swap update. [Re: A310] #5327207 01/19/20 04:59 PM
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I've toyed with the idea of putting one of those in a 1956 Chevy Bel-Air... Very cool that you were able to get it into such a (relatively) modern vehicle..


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Re: Detroit 4-53T swap update. [Re: A310] #5327209 01/19/20 05:01 PM
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That is insanely cool... Now I want one.


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Re: Detroit 4-53T swap update. [Re: 02SE] #5327247 01/19/20 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by 02SE
Screamin' Jimmy in a Ford. That will bother some blue oval fan boys.

I think it's cool. cool


Fords offered Detroits for decades...F-series had 2-strokes and 8.2s, OTR tractors offered 71s and 92s. The C-series offered the 6V53 and 8.2 Detroits (though most had Cat power). When I got my class B, one of the semi tractors the school had was a Ford L8000 with a 6-71 turbo.


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Re: Detroit 4-53T swap update. [Re: A310] #5327248 01/19/20 05:44 PM
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What's the vintage on the motor? I remember the 6V53 in the M113!

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Originally Posted by FlyNavyP3
How quiet it is in the cab makes me want to put my 4-53T into something newer vs older. I will be curious to hear how your starting aids work for you, I would imagine that the oil heater and coolant heater should be more than sufficient at the house. I'm curious if the webasto will be needed for afternoon starts at the shop or not, but I suppose you could plug it in there as well. Do you have your modulator hooked up on the rack, or are you using your foot for smoke control?

The compound turbos sure make big big airbox pressure! If you ever overhaul it, I'd be tempted to use Silver liners and silver cams with advanced timing. With all the airbox pressure you have those would do a better job of keeping that air in the cylinder. I'd probably stick with green trunk pistons over the silver cross head, mostly because of their ability to withstand more RPM.

Cheers!


It is pretty quiet as the road noise is almost the same as the engine at 60-70 mph. I haven't hooked the fuel up to the Webasto yet as I have to lift my box to complete that job. I've been using the 750 watt block heater and that works great. I don't plug it in during the day and it starts fine, so that's a good thing. I'm getting a fair amount of blowby with the full power climbs and hope that reduces as the rings start to seal up again. I made a temp catch can to see how much I collect and in 400 miles I've collected 2 ounces and the airbox drain is less than an ounce. I want a closed blowby system, but not if I'm getting large amounts of oil in the blowby.:) As for the pistons I think your right, the trucks are stronger so I'll be staying with those. I'm in the process of tuning the 5R110 and should not see anymore than 2300 rpm shift when I'm done.:)

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Re: Detroit 4-53T swap update. [Re: nascarnation] #5327259 01/19/20 05:56 PM
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Originally Posted by nascarnation
What's the vintage on the motor? I remember the 6V53 in the M113!


It's a 1979 green 4-53T.:)


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Very nice!


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Originally Posted by 02SE
Screamin' Jimmy in a Ford. That will bother some blue oval fan boys.

I think it's cool. cool


Fords offered Detroits for decades...F-series had 2-strokes and 8.2s, OTR tractors offered 71s and 92s. The C-series offered the 6V53 and 8.2 Detroits (though most had Cat power). When I got my class B, one of the semi tractors the school had was a Ford L8000 with a 6-71 turbo.


Well aware. But I was specifically referring to late model Ford pickups.

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What's the vintage on the motor? I remember the 6V53 in the M113!


It's a 1979 green 4-53T.:)




A 30 year throwback swap. That has to be incredibly rare. OK next you can put a flathead V8 in a Fox body Mustang!

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