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Steve (4imnotright) stopped and checked out what is listed as a MH 444 in a local farm auction and reported it has a 382 cuin (55) engine in it, but the tag on the frame lists it as a plain 1951 model 44. Does anyone know if it is possible to interchange those engines...I didn't think so because of the huge difference in the physical size of the 260 (or 277) with the 382. Anybody got a clue ?? Not owning a 55, I got nothing to compare....
 

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Well, I went to the auction today and yes....a 55 motor will fit in the 44 frame. The 44 sheet metal is too short, so the 55 grille and hood and gas tank have to be used as well, but either a new tank pedestal has to be fabbed or at least the tank has to be elevated. I think there needs to be some creative design on the steering shaft as well and power steering is a plus for the additional weight of the 382 cubic inch beast. This one was on a high arch 44. I bet a tricycle front would bury in soggy ground or plowed ground too, due to the extra weight.
This one was not in running condition, nor has it ran in a number of years. It just had singles on the rear, but I think it'd be a good candidate for duals. It sold for $1100.
 
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