1955 F-100 4-door dually diesel

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Had an idea the other day. I have never done a diesel before so i decided to go all out with one. I'm taking a monogram 1955 f100 and turning it into a 4 door dually with a monogram ford dually kit. For the bed i decided to extend both the stepside fenders and the bed itself to clearance the duallies.

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I already began by cutting up the cab, chassis, bed, and bedsides. I will be working on the drivetrain first while i wait on the second '55 coming in the mail. Updates will come in a day or two.

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WOW, sounds like a major project, but sounds interesting, can't wait to see an update!! :D

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I don't think that is a factory truck; IIRC Ford didn't offer factory crew cabs until the 67-72 body style. Crew cabs were available from coachbuilders, however.

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Yeah the cab will be the biggest problem since im still not the best with bodywork. The drivetrain however is coming along smoothly.

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Got the second 55 in the mail so im starting work on the cab. Also, i decided to make a new bed rather than modify the old one.

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Went ahead anf mocked up the cab and bed on the chassis. Looks like the frame will need to be shortened a bit.

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can we see some pics of the motor sounds soooooo cool :D:)

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this looks interesting

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Got some more work done. Finally got the engine together minus some detailing. Mainly been working on fitting the bed and floor together. The cab will be next on my to do list. Bed is mostly finished, just need to make some metal strips between the wood. Engine will be a tight fit. Definitely a lot of new things for me so this may be a long project.

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Sweet! Looks like a cool project. I'm anxious to see how this one comes along.

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The truck is going to be sweet, but as far as I know that motor isn't a diesel, its just a big v8 gas engine.

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The truck is going to be sweet, but as far as I know that motor isn't a diesel, its just a big v8 gas engine.

Yeah im trying to figure out what to do about that. Might try to turn it into a diesel. So stupid that a dually doesnt come with a diesel engine.

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I believe the engine in the Monogram Ford F250/ F350 kits is a Fuel Injected 7.5L (460).

I was just having a conversation about diesels in my build thread. Unfortunately, it appears there are no Light Truck Diesels out there in this scale in kit form or aftermarket. :(

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And that's why Im going to convert the engine to a diesel. I believe it can be done by simply running a turbo setup and modifying the fuel and electrical systems to resemble that of a diesel. I guess we will see if it works.

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Well, then you are wrong. This is a FORD Truck, built in Dearborn MI. for the Union Pacific Rail Road.

You may want to check your facts before insisting that someone is flat out wrong. The truck may have been assembled by Ford, but Chris Martin was correct when he stated that these cabs were not built by Ford. It was very common practice until the mid-late '60's for the major manufacturers to contract specialty cabs AND drivetrains from outside suppliers...ie, coachworks companies. Ford, specifically, did not build its own crew cab cabs until 1965.

In any case, it's still an interesting truck, and I've got a very similar crew cab project just beyond the short queue, just with an extended wheelbase so that the cab doesn't have to cut into the fenders. But factor-built by Ford? No. Without the slightest doubt at all, no.

John, very cool project and you're off to a great start. I'll be following along. Let me know if you want some tips on how to rebuild that roof. Most modelers make that kind of work a lot more difficult than it needs to be, but there are tricks! :P

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Thanks Gluhead. I've nearly got the cab finished, just need to do a little more smoothing.

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Hi John, Great concept for this build :) Looking forward to your progress.

Randy

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Got the body primered but it still needs a little more work.

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Wow, that's some glossy primer. :P

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Yeah its not so glossy now.

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I have been gathering reference pics of 7.3 powerstroke engines and believe i can replicate one. Right now Im waiting on a turbo to arrive in the mail. Once it gets here I will start on the engine.

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Got the turbo in the mail so I will be starting work on the engine.

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