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    Would a HD FOM hold up in a truck used as a real truck? Towing, hauling, etc. Just curious, auto trucks seem so rare that I just haven't heard many people discussing them.

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    I don't see why not, as they did use them in trucks, didn't they? I would install an auxiliary cooler with it though..


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    • #3
      I believe it was Studerich that said, they used them to tow aircraft, so im pretty sure they would hold up


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      • #4
        Unless you could find a truck that you could get all of the parts from, you are going to be making a lot of your own parts. They're not strong enough to be worth all that. A 400t from a buick olds or pontiac would be cheaper and easier to rebuild and would be able to take all you could throw at it.

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        • #5
          No, I'm asking the question because I'm kinda-sorta-half seriously looking at a 3/4 ton Champ with FOM in it from the factory. I'm definitely partial to the 5/OD but am wondering if the FOM would be acceptable.

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          • #6
            Nate I think those H.D. FOM's are PLENTY strong enough, they have a special valve body, throttle pressure valve, governor etc. and they usually have a Dana 60 TT 3.73 H.D. full floating axle, low gear start and oil & air cooling.

            The only issue might be how much long distance high speed Interstate travel you want to do, with slightly high RPMs and no O.D. but it would be perfect for all other type use.

            3.73's with large 16 in. LT tires should not be terrible, just not ideal for long distances of 65-70 MPH travel.



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            • #7
              yeah, that kinda gives me pause because I know that I want to make at least one trip to PA with a truck (5 hours each way) to help my grandma clean out her garage. No problem in the F*rd but if I got rid of it... so they're mostly 3.73's? I was actually expecting 4.xx...

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              • #8
                And the book says...drum roll: 4.10, 4.56 and 4.88 available on 3/4 Ton.
                The 3.73's were on 1/2 Tons, I was wrong on that.

                I have seen lots of those Omaha Orange Cal Trans (Calif. Highway Dept.) Std. Cab Champs and delivered a new one, and what I remember is you had to soft-pedal it to prevent wheel spin with that low gear start Automatic, so maybe it was a 4.10!
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                • #9
                  Thanks for checking, that makes me lean towards passing because i'm sure that I would want to convert it to OD and I have a feeling the parts would be hard to find/expensive... (not to mention the shipping cost of a truck transmission and bellhousing!)

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