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If I can ever get my 8n back in running order, I'm thinking of picking up a '51 F-5 to haul the tractor with. I have secret source that has offered me a running '51 with flat head v8 for around $800. It's a bit rough, but I like it's looks for now. But until the tractor is running again, this one has to wait. I will not post a pic until it is sitting in my drive, as the truck is sitting in clear view of the hwy and I don't want anyone to get it before me.
 

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I for one think it's a great idea. Depending on the condition of the cab I would leave it alone or restore it, but the flathead has to go. I would get a Diesel from either a Ford or Dodge one ton complete with transmission. A two speed rear axle would also be a good thing.
 

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No way, the flat head has gotta stay. A 2 speed rear end would be great though. And actually if I was going to go the route of putting a diesel in it, I would go for glory and shove a big ol' v8 detriot in the old girl. Beef up the frame and suspension first and upgrade to some air brakes and probably shove a 13 speed trany in there too. But as I don't have the truck in my drive just yet, my dreming will have to wait.
 

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Sounds like a great starting point - what a nice combination that would be
Those flatheads can be made very reliable with a little time - in this area a truck like that would be that price without a drivetrain, never mind a runner
 

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Ton and a half. F-600 was a two ton and F-350 was/is a one ton.
Keep the flat motor if you can afford to feed it. They weren't noted for fuel efficiency. I love flatheads, but they aren't for economy.
 

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Love those Ford flatheads. Even more unique was some of the bigger Ford trucks of that era that had the "Lincoln" flathead, the big job 336 cubic inch. Much more impressive than the standard 239 or 255 engines, although probably hard to find one complete nowadays.
 

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there is nothing like the sound of a Flat head engine when idleing, sort of a rat rat sound. I have owned two in my life and would love to have another even at my age of 72. :D
 
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