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Old February 14th, 2018, 02:45 AM
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I bought a 1953 F100 yesterday and I was told the motor was most likely the original. I searched up the door tag and discovered the following.

F10 = F100 - 1/2 Ton
R = 239ci 8 Cyl 2BC Carburetor
3 = 1953
D = Dallas, TX
30D = 3=Speed Overdrive
C = Glacier Blue

I assume the 239ci motor is a Flathead. But, the motor has valve covers that look like a different. What motor do I have?

If its not original I feel that I should not take any time rebuilding it.

Here are some pics. Please help me understand what motor I bought with the truck.
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Looks like a 239 Y Block. The flat head has the spark plugs in the center of the head. Very possible that it is not the original motor,...I thought the 239 Y Block didn't come out until 54. Lincoln was using it in 52, but it was a different motor. Keep us posted on the build.

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Either the truck is a 1954 or that's not the original engine. The 1953 had the 239 flathead, the 1954 had the 239 Y-block. That's definitely a Y-block. I don't know if it's a 239 or one of the other versions.

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Here is my door tag. It was built in 1953 according to the tag but maybe it is a 1954 model since most vehicles are built the year prior to delivery?
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Wikipedia states the following
" The company had designed the Y-block for a 1953 introduction, but a shortage of nickel due to Korean war needs prevented the company from manufacturing the engine in sufficient quantities.[2] It therefore wasn’t until 1954 that Ford introduced its new Ford Y-Block V8.[1]"

The Y-Block with 237ci was only available in 1954 and it was supposed to go out with the 1953 trucks. So, maybe my truck is a 1953 with one of the very few motors that were built in 1953? If that is the case, this motor would be super rare since the motor was only available in mass production in 1954.
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According to LMC's catalog, your tag says it's a model year 53.
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Your next option would be to research the engines used in the Dallas factory. The "R" in your tag designates L Head 239 which is the flathead. Good luck.
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I wrote this to an expert. Hope he responds to me... But, also I bet there are a few experts on the forum that can shoot me straight.

"I just bought an f100. The vin shows that it was built in 1953 and that the motor is a 239ci motor. The motor in it is a Y Block. It was a work truck and has never been restored. The motor and trans look like they have been in the truck since day one.

I discovered that Ford did make a very limited amount of Y Blocks intended to go out with the 1953 F100 but limited resources of nickel used for the Korean War prevented them from producing enough to roll out production until 1954.

My theory is that I have a 1953 truck and it was one of the very few that were equipped with a Y-Block in 1953.

My truck is a long bed and has angle iron welded in the bed to accommodate a tool box. It was built in Texas and remained here in San Antonio since 1953 most likely as a work truck on a ranch or in the oil fields.

If this motor is not original, I find it hard to believe that it was replaced with a period correct Y Block. I would think that it would have been maintained or patched up over time not replaced completely and if it was replaced, I would think that it would have been done many years later.

So, what do you think? What engine do I have in my truck? Regardless, I will never sell the motor or truck. I want this one for life but I would like to know if it is original so I can figure the best way to preserve it. If its not original, I would have it totally rebuilt and hopped up but if its original I want to restore it properly and protect the originality."
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Let us know what he comes up with.
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Well, your VIN tag says it's a 1953 with a 239 flathead.

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