Ryan's 67 Coal Rollin' Steamboat "Lucille"

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  • #757

    Ryan Manasco
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    My name is Ryan Manasco. I’m currently working on a 67 4dr hardtop. Drove to Memphis, Tn to pick her up and save her from the grave. Mostly rust free car so far. Intentions are to slam, jet black everything, and maybe even a cummins swap for the future. I’m always open to ideas so shoot em my way.

    #794

    Jeremy
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    Hey there, Ryan. I’ll definitely be following your build!

    Several years ago I had a 68 that I had intended to put a diesel in. At that time I had access to both a 7.3 Powerstroke and a 5.9 Cummins. I originally got the idea after a rod shop buddy of mine bought a beater 1960 Cadillac DeVille and put a 5.9 Cummins/5 Speed in it. He then proceeded to make about 550 horsepower and pull down 30 MPG after the bugs were worked out of it.

    Here’s a crappy cell phone video. Unfortunately the boost pipe was blown off the intercooler when this was taken

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    #810

    Ryan Manasco
    Member

    Not too much of an update, but I just bought an edelbrock 1406 to correct my old carter’s fueling issues. She still doesn’t have nearly enough power to be pulling out in traffic. So, I’m gonna spend some more time tuning and freshening up the ol 462 until I can say it’s running right. I’d rather not sell the engine until I can say it’s running strong. So in the future I will have a complete 462 engine and trans up for sale. I’d also like some advice on heat and air.. It has all original but I would feel more comfortable with an updated vintageair system or something similar. Plus I’m thinking that I need some extra firewall room for that cummins powerplant. I do not like the idea of a rat rod at all. My dreams are filled with a sleek, bagged daily driver that just happens to have a cummins valve cover sticking through the hood. Oh and maybe even 20+ MPG. Thanks in advance for the feedback.

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    #819

    Jeremy
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    I’d go through the normal tuneup things – plugs, points, condenser and rotor, distributor cap, set the dwell, etc and see if that helps.

    I’m fairly certain some firewall mods will be needed in order to fit a Cummins in there, and you’ll probably wind up modifying the transmission tunnel a bit too depending on what you plan to put behind that engine.

    The 1960 Cummins Caddy was awful ratty, but it was awful fun too. The car was headed to the scrapyard when it was bought and rat rodded. It was far too rotten to make a nice car. The car I had planned on building, however, would have been a lot more slick.

    I’m sure vintage air or someone makes a kit that’s easily adapted to the Lincoln. And don’t forget the windshield wiper setup. You’ll have to go with a custom setup there unless you plan to have new lines fabricated and tie it into the power steering system on the Cummins engine.

    On another note, if you want to see how bad that Cadillac was check out this photo set : https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.296391457047604.70867.110073725679379&type=3

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    #824

    Ryan Manasco
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    I appreciate the feedback Jeremy! Every little piece of info helps in this type of thing.. We tuned the motor in last night so I could take a sale video of it, then proceeded to pull engine, trans, and all the a/c box from the engine bay. Next up is a blasting to prep for the mock cummins and 5 speed trans. We quickly realized that the crossmember is for a front sump and a cummins is a DEEP rear sump. So there lies problem #1. A tubular triple stacked custom crossmember should remedy that.1 But also add to it that the steering rack is located behind the ill-placed crossmember so she will be gone too. Honestly I may end up changing the entire front suspension to a crown vic or similar ride just for the ease of part replacement and updated quality. First step in car building; Be the guy with all the connections to junkyards. I’m still searching for a bolt in vintage air kit but it’s looking like we will be going with universal, along with wiper assemblies. So much to learn, so little money.. Thanks again here are some pics

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    #832

    Jeremy
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    Ryan, there are front sump pans available for the Cummins diesel. It wouldn’t be much of a problem to change out the pick up tube and pan. Though if you plan to change out the entire front suspension and crossmember than you can make anything fit.

    EDIT : Apparently the pan itself can be reversed, but you’ll need the appropriate front sump pickup tube or to fabricate one. There’s tons of different pans out there as the 6BT was used in all sorts of applications so more shallow pans are out there if you’re worried about clearance. Cummins part #3920795 is one of the front sump pickups available.

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    #856

    Jason Ballard
    Participant

    Bad ass project!

    #1039

    Jeremy
    Keymaster

    Any progress on this?

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