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4bt Towing Capability?
I've been thinking about building a custom truck for a while now but before I begin stock piling parts, I was wondering if you guys would mind offering up your opinions as the only 4bt I have experienced was in a backhoe. I should probably add that I'm a pretty good fabricator, a good enough mechanic, and I have been told that I have the patience of a saint.
I'd start with at least a 1 ton truck (maybe even a 1.5 ton) from the late 30's or 40's. I haven't narrowed down the make/model just yet. In the end it will come down to whatever I can find that's still in reasonably good shape.
The first step would be to remove the entire drive train. The engine/transmission/axles would then be replaced with a inter-cooled 4bt of about 130 to 170hp turning a NV4500 (or similar), a Gear Vendor's overdrive unit, and the 4.10 rear axle out of a newer truck. The frame will probably need to be at least partially boxed and suspension will also see upgrades. There will hopefully be disk brakes on all four corners.
The purpose of this rig will be to serve as my daily driver, an awesome conversation piece, and to tow a maximum of 5.5k pounds a dozen times a year. I don't need rip-the-face-off performance, just something cool and dependable.
Can a 4bt be coaxed into towing 5500 pounds (Mustang or Jeep on a car hauler) at 60 mph??
Any suggestions, comments or concerns?
Bright Blue '99 QCSB 2500, AT w/3.54
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