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I am thinking about grabbing a Ford built diesel engine, input needed

I have a 1968 Ford crew cab and a Cummins I planned to mate together. However, I recently found a Ford built straight six diesel engine. I think it is for a marine application. Anyhoo, I sure would love to drop a Ford engine in that old Ford pickup. Here is the problem, I know nothing about them. I barely know enough about the Cummins to drop it in and get it running. The Ford engine is really the way I would like to go but I have to make sure it will fit my needs. I have been all over the internet trying to locate information but I think I am looking in the wrong areas. Can someone please guide or help me with this. My window on buying the engine is closing and I have to make a well informed decision quick.

These are the only numbers I have from the Ford engine:

REF 5503
TYPE 212C
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The main questionable part for me would be the pump, and it being a constant speed type. If it's based on the New Hollands, then it should be a fine & dandy engine. If the price is right, then go for it. Nothing wrong with a Ford engine in a Ford.

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From what I have learned, it is a truck engine. The only issue is what all its missing. No pump, no turbo, no manifolds, no injectors, no plate for the transmission, no accessories. But... it sure is purdee.
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Then buy a core engine that has all that stuff, and you're set.

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my daily driver:67 F100, 300 4V, cammed, 4 spd.
or, 08 Subaloser Forester, 2" lift.
work rigs: 94 IH 4900, DT466(originally 230hp), #0 fuel plate, tighter gov springs, 22* timing
or, 06 IH 7400, DT466E, 300hp


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Um, yeah...about that. It would seem that locating on of these engines now is not all that easy. I have a Cummins in a running and driving truck that I plan to use. I can only imagine what it would cost to get this one up and running. However, even though I know it will be hard and very costly, I still want to do it. How cool would it be to pop the hood on my 68 and see that 6.6?
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Mine's only 1 year older than yours. I know it would look awesome. There's a couple core 6.6's by me that go for around $500, and they ship

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my daily driver:67 F100, 300 4V, cammed, 4 spd.
or, 08 Subaloser Forester, 2" lift.
work rigs: 94 IH 4900, DT466(originally 230hp), #0 fuel plate, tighter gov springs, 22* timing
or, 06 IH 7400, DT466E, 300hp


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It seems like everything is out west.
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little late to the game, but here goes. it's likely the ford engine you have found is the 6.6/7.8 series. memory serves me they used the same block, so either engine will be basicly the same size. the cummins would be an easier simpler swap, i did one on my gmc and it was a piece of cake. this being said, i would prefer the ford engine myself. the biggest issue with the ford engine, i think you will need a dog house in your truck due to length. also the transmission availability is very limited on this one. as for the engines themselves, lots of them in old school buses, and every now and again you find them very cheap on ebay in single axle trucks..
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Actually the deck height is shorter on the 6.6, which makes it just a tad bigger than a Cimmins 6BT in height and length. Then, you got the pump on the pass side, and exhaust on the driver side to figure out.

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my daily driver:67 F100, 300 4V, cammed, 4 spd.
or, 08 Subaloser Forester, 2" lift.
work rigs: 94 IH 4900, DT466(originally 230hp), #0 fuel plate, tighter gov springs, 22* timing
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I had to step away from the one I found because it was missing everything. Being new in the crate did not off set the cost of coming up wiht a pump, turbo, manifolds, injectors, and so on. However I am still very interested in locating one for this swap. I have some time before I will get to the stage where I drop the engine in. So I am hoping to take my time and find the right deal for me. I would much rather open the hood on my 68 Ford crew cab and see a Ford smoker filling the frame rails.
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