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Posted By Grant Minor Wednesday, May 12, 2010 7:40 PM
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 Posted Tuesday, May 18, 2010 4:45 AM
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359er (5/15/2010)
How much does a 6v53 weigh and how much horsepower? Now you guys have given me the bug. Wicked sounding little engine. Good videos. Wouldnt mind just having one bolted to a pallet in the barn to sit and listen to.


The material I have  (1969) shows a weight of 1365 pounds. The HP is 195/185 (SAE gross/net) @ 2600RPM and  439lbs ft@ 1400RPM (SAE net)
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 Posted Monday, May 17, 2010 6:41 PM
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GearheadGrrrl (5/17/2010)
If you want a screaming engine that revs up and down in no time flat and don't care about fuel mileage, the 6V-53 is for you. But don't say we didn't warn you- I've done 400 miles nights in a 6V-53 powered White Compact and have the hearing damage to prove it!


My hearing is long gone, not from trucking, but from the use of an oxy-acetylene cannon that my dad made for us kids. By age 10 I had suffered considerable hearing loss, but I can still hear loud noises. (like Detroits)

If I were to go with the DD I would use mufflers and a silenced intake, as I don't really want to be a pain in the rear/ear to those that still have their hearing. Yes, there were quiet DD powered trucks, I remember them from before the cannon escapade.

Fuel mileage will not be great, but this is a hot rod/toy. If I really worried about a mile or two to the gallon, I'd be collecting stamps. Probably could make big bucks doing that huh.


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Monday, May 17, 2010 6:46 PM by Wolfcreek_Steve
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GearheadGrrrl (5/17/2010)
If you want a screaming engine that revs up and down in no time flat and don't care about fuel mileage, the 6V-53 is for you. But don't say we didn't warn you- I've done 400 miles nights in a 6V-53 powered White Compact and have the hearing damage to prove it!
But yah gotta admit there ain't a sound on earth like it:cool:
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The 6V53 was plenty powerful in the IDF M2 half-track APC I drove back in the 1980s... Some lunatics have manged to push them to 70 MPH, but then they were lunatics.

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T


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 Posted Monday, May 17, 2010 3:05 AM
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Roadway ran 6-53s in their city tractors for years in both the Fords and Internationals.I guess they must have been dependable enough.My father said they were pretty underpowered if you were fully loaded.I remember him telling of one place where it took him 3 trys to get up driveway into the business' yard.

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This past Sat. at the Shenandoah Valley  chapter show in Bridgewater, VA there was a Am. La France ladder truck there (1960's???) with a 6V53 and a JAKE!)  What a sound.  Last year I was "breathing hard" on a Brockway with a factory 6V53 ( needed lots of work) and later a Ford L series with one as well ( someome had put a high numerical rear under it from a gas job).  My friend calls the 6V53 the  "Bumble Bee" engine.

Life  is like a roll of toilet paper the closer  you get to the end, the faster it goes!  Enjoy each day.
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Steve we had a good thread on who put the 8V-53 in trucks at factory a few years ago. I know for certain Brockway did. I think someone posted a KW wit it also.I wonder why all the interest now on 6V-53'S. I had one up to a month ago in a 1979 Heavy Chevy Bruin. It was at my friends garage and they sent it to crusher. Non runner but lots of parts from engine and cab. Always that way I could not give it away until it was crushed. I do not know if you guys ever ran a 6V-53 but you get no where fast with them and noise would make your head spin after a few hours. They are quick on accleration though when bobtailing. Joe D.

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Wolfcreek_Steve (5/17/2010)
This probably won't fit in a pick-up, but I bet it would wake up my Autocar!
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1956-American-Lafrance-fire-truck-engine-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem19bc3ff9c3QQitemZ110532491715QQptZCommercialQ5fTrucks

Don't worry I'm not going to knock an old firetruck in the head for the engine.


Steve,

Neet old firetruck.Not many 8V53s out there, never really were many when they were new.John
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359er (5/16/2010)
Freight Train & John,  You guys are certainly Johnny On The Spot with your replys. Looks like they weigh about the same as my DT 466. Right about the 1500 mark. Maybe a little more power though as my DT466 has 210 HP with a turbo but my torque is a little more at 577 lbs I believe.


If you used a turbo ( or twin turbo, lol ) version of the 6V53 it would eat that 466 alive.Acceleration like a big gasser with diesel fuel mileage.Might give up a little to the 466 pulling a long grade with a load on, but no comparison for running empty and having fun, lol.John
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This probably won't fit in a pick-up, but I bet it would wake up my Autocar!
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1956-American-Lafrance-fire-truck-engine-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem19bc3ff9c3QQitemZ110532491715QQptZCommercialQ5fTrucks

Don't worry I'm not going to knock an old firetruck in the head for the engine.


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