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61-79-list-digest Saturday, October 3 1998 Volume 02 : Number 471



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In this issue:

FTE 61-79 - FE Connecting Rod Bearing Clearances
FTE 61-79 - Holley Projection
FTE 61-79 - dash covers
Re: FTE 61-79 - Holley Projection
FTE 61-79 - Funny crossmember between radius arms - '68 F250
Re: FTE 61-79 - Funny crossmember between radius arms - '68 F250
FTE 61-79 - Quarter panels for 79 Ford Bronco
FTE 61-79 - 460 conversion
FTE 61-79 - Box options
Re: FTE 61-79 - Box options
[none]
FTE 61-79 - Tonneau
FTE 61-79 - Re: 460 conversion
FTE 61-79 - Re: Tonneau
Re: FTE 61-79 - Steering Gearbox
FTE 61-79 - Tires and Rims
Re: FTE 61-79 - Steering Gearbox
FTE 61-79 - Re:73-79 Beds
FTE 61-79 - RESISTOR WIRE LOCATION
Re: FTE 61-79 - Tonneau
FTE 61-79 - Engine swap 390 to 429
Re: FTE 61-79 - Engine swap 390 to 429
Re: FTE 61-79 - Tonneau

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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 07:21:02 -0500 (CDT)
From: bkirking bcm.tmc.edu
Subject: FTE 61-79 - FE Connecting Rod Bearing Clearances

According to my orange shop manual, the clearance for rod bearings on my 352 are 0.010" to 0.020".
After replacing the bearings, I can not get the minimum clearance on all bearings, but only have about
0.008". Any advice? I have tried loosening the nuts and tapping the sides of the bearing caps with a
hammer wich opened things up to 0.008", but I cant imagine what else one can do to get the clearance.
BTW the temp in my garage is probably mid to upper 80 F's so maybe the clearance is for 70 F and It'll be
okay?
Bryan Kirking
66 Step Side
352 4 speed
Houston, Texas


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Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 06:53:44 -0600
From: Mike Orendorf
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Holley Projection

I noticed in the latest Jegs that the Holley Projection units have dropped down in price alot in the last year. I am seriously considering getting one
of these sometime soon.
Anyone have any experience with the 4DI models? This is the one that is 4 bbl and allows you to setup with a Laptop computer.

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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 08:01:53 -0500
From: "Smith, Brian"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - dash covers

Nils wrote:
> have a 73 F100. The dashboard has spent 25 years now baking in the
>Mississippi sun (looks more like 50 years). It's cracked, has big portions
>flaked off, looks terrible.

>I've seen "dash pad covers" advertised in numerous catalogs. They
supposedly
>fit over the top of the old dash. They're significantly cheaper than a
total
>raplacement and no doubt would be easier to install.

>My question: has anyone ever seen or tried one of these? If so, how did it
>work? Does it look alright?

Nils,
I used a "Coverlay" brand dash cover on my '72 Spitfire to cover a badly
cracked dash. Unless you know...you couldn't tell it was there...I was very
pleased. It's lasted 14 yrs and it still looks great...and the Spit lived
outside for 13 of those yrs.

Brian H. Smith
1959 TR3
1972 Spitfire IV
1977 TR7
Lake Charles, LA
and a 1967 F-100 with a '83 351W and 3 on the tree
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Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 08:12:08 -0500
From: William S Hart
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - Holley Projection

>I noticed in the latest Jegs that the Holley Projection units have dropped
down in price alot in the last year. I am seriously considering getting one
>of these sometime soon.
>Anyone have any experience with the 4DI models? This is the one that is 4
bbl and allows you to setup with a Laptop computer.
>
My girlfriend's dad has one of these, not sure on the model, but he didn't
get the O2 sensor. At any rate he was willing to sell it to me to put on
any car that "wouldn't be out in weather below 30 or 35 degrees" Basically
he said you had to retune it when the temperature dropped that far, and
then every 10degrees after that. Something kept breaking on him too, seems
like it was a temperature sensor or something.

Maybe they've changed them, but I'd watch real closely, his engine is
pretty tired after getting "washed" with gasoline from runnin to rich.


Just my 2cents

Bill

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Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 08:16:15 -0500
From: John Strauss
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Funny crossmember between radius arms - '68 F250

Just pulled the C6 out of my '68 for rebuild and I noticed there is a
crossmember that goes between the radius arm brackets. The funny thing is
it goes up from there on both ends and runs up under the upper part of the
frame. Although there are holes there on both the frame and crossmember,
there were no bolts (it is only bolted to the radius arm brackets). Are
there supposed to be? This is a pretty original truck but I could believe
the trans has been out before because one of the bellhousing bolts was also
missing. So, does anybody else have this crossmember and, if so, is it
bolted to both the radius arm brackets AND the frame, or just the radius
arm brackets?
_
_| ~~. John Strauss
\, *_} jstrauss inetport.com
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Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 08:50:11 -0500
From: Larry Schmiedekamp
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - Funny crossmember between radius arms - '68 F250

John

I have a 74 f350 390 and yes I have the cross member. It is ribit (sp) to
the

frame through the radius arm bracket. I needed to replace the radius bushing

and was told to grind off the ribit and bolt back. This seem to be a major

cross member so decided to go the 40.00 a side cost to have them put in.

I have bought items from a 74 f250 junker and it did not have this cross

member and had the radius arm bracket bolted in. (had been replaced).










At 08:16 AM 10/2/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Just pulled the C6 out of my '68 for rebuild and I noticed there is a
>crossmember that goes between the radius arm brackets. The funny thing is
>it goes up from there on both ends and runs up under the upper part of the
>frame. Although there are holes there on both the frame and crossmember,
>there were no bolts (it is only bolted to the radius arm brackets). Are
>there supposed to be? This is a pretty original truck but I could believe
>the trans has been out before because one of the bellhousing bolts was also
>missing. So, does anybody else have this crossmember and, if so, is it
>bolted to both the radius arm brackets AND the frame, or just the radius
>arm brackets?
> _
> _| ~~. John Strauss
> \, *_} jstrauss inetport.com
> \( Texas Fight!
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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 10:05:03 EDT
From: BDIJXS aol.com
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Quarter panels for 79 Ford Bronco

I was recently checking out a "Petersen's 4-Wheel Drive" magazine and saw two
or three ads in the back that advertize all kinds of sheet metal pieces,
including bedsides, etc. Might be worth checking out!

Colorado Jeff
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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 10:25:08 -0400
From: am14 chrysler.com
Subject: FTE 61-79 - 460 conversion

Tood Gooding writes: >>
will the motor mounts from a '78 or '79 460 equipped 2 wheel
drive work in my '77 frame? I have access to the motor mounts on a '78 and
'79 460 equipped pickups.

NO. Different types of mounting between 2wd and 4X4.

4. The engine has 80, 000 miles and the compression checks out at 122 to
125 on all cylinders. It does not smoke on start up or otherwise and runs
well. However, pulling the valve covers off shows an oily film buildup
(not too bad though) on the valve covers. Also, the PCV valve exhibits a
similar film buildup around the opening. Is this caused from blowby past
the valve guides, or neglect by the previous owner to change the oil?

Completely normal. Most any engine with 80000 miles will exhibit these
characteristics. Engine is probably good for at least that many more
miles, as is, with maybe the exception of timing chain/gear.


5. I have access to a set of early DOVE heads off of a 429 with the
smaller combustion chambers. As best as I can fgure it, the compression
ratio would change from 8.0:1 to around 9.3:1 give or take a tenth. Is
this too much compression to use with today's low octane pump gas?

NO. 460 is quite forgiveable of higher compression, however the cam
selection, if changed, may effect this.

Azie
Ardmore, Al.


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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 08:15:02 -0700
From: "Brodie, Doug"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Box options

OK folks. This is my first post. Let's see how it works. I just
bought a '79 F250 Supercab 4X4. Been wanting one since they were new.
Now for my question. Can anybody tell me what options were available
for the different beds on the '79s. For example, could you get one with
dual tanks and the little tool box on the right side? What about the
same configuration on a short bed? I've been checking every box I see
but I haven't seen any with both dual tanks and side compartment. Can
any one tell me where I might get this information? Thanks.

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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 08:48:00 -0700
From: "Bill Beyer"
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - Box options

I have a 79 F250 4X4, not a supercab, with the Ranger trim level. It has
both the tool compartment on the right and factory dual tanks.

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> From: Brodie, Doug
> To: '61-79-list ford-trucks.com'
> Subject: FTE 61-79 - Box options
> Date: Friday, October 02, 1998 8:15 AM
>
> OK folks. This is my first post. Let's see how it works. I just
> bought a '79 F250 Supercab 4X4. Been wanting one since they were new.
> Now for my question. Can anybody tell me what options were available
> for the different beds on the '79s. For example, could you get one with
> dual tanks and the little tool box on the right side? What about the
> same configuration on a short bed? I've been checking every box I see
> but I haven't seen any with both dual tanks and side compartment. Can
> any one tell me where I might get this information? Thanks.

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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 11:04:03 -0400
From: "Mr. Paul R. Boudreault"
Subject: [none]

Thanks to all who replied about the 79 Bronco quarter panels.

Here is what I have found out.

1. A place is called "Browns of Two Rivers" and their phone number is:
800-558-7750 if you live outside of Wisconsin
800-242-7678 if you live inside Wisconsin

The part number is: 52B-574 and then you specify right or left side.
$179.90 each. (Information supplied courtesy of Michael R. Masse, List
member.)


2. They were quite helpful but because I live in Canada they suggested an
alternate location for these panels so that the "Canadian Peso" does not
take such a beating.
Their name is CROSSCANADA AUTOPARTS. They are located in Windsor Ontario,
and Mississuaga, Ontario. They have a web site at
"http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.crosscanadaparts.com" . They offer a free catalog also. The
quarters are about $300.00 Canadian, shipping and handling may be extra, I
do not recall.

3. Another place I contacted is "U.S. BODY SOURCE" at U.S. Body Source, Inc,
9009 C.R. 325, Hampton, FL 32044. Sorry no web site yet, but they make
fiberglass reproduction parts for many different makes and models of
vehicles. They also carry full cab replacements, (Ford pick ups only), flip
up front ends, fenders, hoods, full doors and full boxes for pick ups. Rear
quarters can be made for about $300.00 U.S. . Shipping can be expensive.
(Just think though, no more rust problems!) They had planned to offer a
full body replacement for the 78-79 Bronco, but they did not have enough
interest/demand at the time. (Whimper, sniffle, sniffle.) They offer
different grades/thickness of glass also. Their catalog is $10.00 U.S. and
because of the cost of using credit cards to them for this small a purchase
they cannot accept them for catalog only orders. :>( (But they were
extremely helpful even faxing me the particular pages from their catalog to
me for my Bronco! They get a thumbs up for extra effort from me for this!)

Parts from Ford are very expensive here, so even the cost of importing the
fiberglass reproduction parts from outside Canada is not out of line with
this supplier, for me anyway. Ford no longer has full rear quarters
available anyway.


About Dash pads!

Mine needs replacing also!

Would like to know if that guy who recovers them in Vegas would ship back
mine recovered if I sent him mine?

Also Auto Krafters apparently just started making these dash pads as
reproduction bolt in replacements. About $250.00 to $300.00 U.S. you can
see them at their web site. Web site is http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.auto krafters. com

Now for the disclaimer:

I do not have any affiliation with any of the above listed companies.
(Except of course loyalty to FORD products!) 8>)
I do not receive anything from them, and am not responsible if any of this
information is incorrect. (I did try to make sure that it is though!)

Hope this helps others!

Thanks for the help again.

Mr. Paul R. Boudreault
Retired RCAF/CAF

79 Ford Bronco, 351M, 4 BB, 4 speed manual, custom balanced & blueprinted,
heavy duty parts, body & suspension being restored/rebuilt.

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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 13:26:10 -0400
From: "Rogers"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Tonneau

I'm going to jump on this thread before it breaks. I'm also looking for a
nice solid cover for my shortbed '70 F100 and every place that I've looked
(Local top distributor of Lund and Leer, JCWitney, etc.) stops with the '73
model. What is the difference between the '70 and '73-79 F100 beds??

Rogers in "Ford-City"
rbmii msn.com

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>Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 23:20:23 EDT
>From: GMPACHECO aol.com
>Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - Tonneau
>Definitely go for Gem top, I have one made of steel painted black from the
>factory in Oregon ... it is beautiful, people run me off the road to get me
to
>stop to look at it. And very secure. you can dance on it. If you would like
a
>picture, I have lots of them.
>Mike in Seattle
>They are pricey, but worth it to me. I have it on a 72 F-100



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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 10:50:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: Pat Brown
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Re: 460 conversion

Azie wrote:

[Something about 460's deleted]

Welcome back Azie!

Pat Brown
Sebastopol, California

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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 13:10:05 -0500
From: lordjanusz juno.com (Paul M Radecki)
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Re: Tonneau

I have a fiberglass Leer shell on my '94, and I've had no trouble
with it. The paint is ***not quite*** factory quality (just a little
wavy), but close enough from over a foot or so away. It fits nicely, and
does not rattle. I know they make fiberglass tonneaus, too.

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Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 13:27:33 -0500
From: Larry Schmiedekamp
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - Steering Gearbox

Bryan,

Don't think it be much worse. I'm driving it now with the pump running.

Just don't try to turn it without it rolling some. Besides I kinda need

the exercise and not too many people want to borrow it. He! He!





At 08:13 AM 9/30/98 -0500, you wrote:
>>Larry Schmiedekamp [Larry.Schmiedekamp angelo.edu] wrote:
>>Second. Will a manuel gearbox from a f250 of same year bolt into
> > the f350 without any mod's?
>
>Larry, if you go from power to manual perhaps you should consider a new
steering wheel? Those nice BIG
>steering wheels on trucks without PS provide more leverage. Of course, if
you have forearms like Popeye,
>it probably wont matter much.
>Bryan Kirking
>66 Step Side
>352 4 speed
>Houston, Texas
>
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Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 14:42:04 -0500
From: William S Hart
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Tires and Rims

I currently have 31 10.5 15's on my truck, they look good, but I found out
this winter that if you get more than 3 or 4 inches of snow, then you are
really floating on it. Its kind of fun, but not real practical. (ie I was
trying to get home for xmas at 8:00pm and was all over the highway). My
sister's truck is a 91 3/4 ton with 275 75 15's on it (maybe 16's who
knows, but there's lots of lugs on it), hers is better than I would have
guessed with the style of tire she's got. Oh yeah, my truck is a 73ish
1/2ton 4x4, pics and an explanation of the "ish" are at
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://ranger3.cc.iastate.edu/Trucks/truck.html

Several questions have stemmed from the differences in our trucks.

Are they similar enough to make a fair comparison, hers has a 302 with
f.i., I've got a carbureted 360. ??? I figure she's probably got 410's
for gears, I've got 350's or 373's (can't remember which)


Also will shaving almost an inch width make that much difference ? Or does
her truck weigh more (not sure why it would other than IFS) and I'll need
to look at shaving a couple of inches?

How narrow of a tire can I get for the same rim ? I know this requires
knowing the width of the rim, but these are the ones that were on it when I
got it (rims not tires), so I have no idea what width they are, i guess I'd
assume they're whatever's easiest to get ahold of (8's?). If you're not
into checkin out pics they're wagon wheels.

I know its a lot of questions, but I'd like to know some of the answers
before I go and spend a bunch of money for tires (mine aren't that worn,
cept the fronts from alignment problems that have been fixed) when its not
gonna get me anything.

Thanks for bein so patient.




Just my 2cents

Bill

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Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 14:41:58 -0500
From: Larry Schmiedekamp
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - Steering Gearbox

OOPs! I mean the power steering pump Not running.




At 01:27 PM 10/2/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Bryan,
>
>Don't think it be much worse. I'm driving it now with the pump running.
>
>Just don't try to turn it without it rolling some. Besides I kinda need
>
>the exercise and not too many people want to borrow it. He! He!
>
>
>
>
>
>At 08:13 AM 9/30/98 -0500, you wrote:
>>>Larry Schmiedekamp [Larry.Schmiedekamp angelo.edu] wrote:
>>>Second. Will a manuel gearbox from a f250 of same year bolt into
>> > the f350 without any mod's?
>>
>>Larry, if you go from power to manual perhaps you should consider a new
>steering wheel? Those nice BIG
>>steering wheels on trucks without PS provide more leverage. Of course, if
>you have forearms like Popeye,
>>it probably wont matter much.
>>Bryan Kirking
>>66 Step Side
>>352 4 speed
>>Houston, Texas
>>
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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 16:17:22 EDT
From: FORDTRKNUT aol.com
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Re:73-79 Beds

The beds are from TABCO (don't know a phone number though). My friend bought
one and it only lasted 1-1/2 years. The spot welds on the tailgate broke, and
the rear wheel well housings spot welds separated from the main bed side. In
my honest opionion....they are worthless (unless your going to sell the
truck...QUICK!!). I bought a bed from Desert Valley Auto Part (in Phenoix,
Arizona). It has NO RUST, dual gas tanks, & the passenger side tool box. I
paid $800.00 for the bed and $400.00 shipping to New Jersey on their truck.
They make a run out east every month or so. Here's there web address:
http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.dvap.com/index.html Happy Hunting!!! Wayne Grabley
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Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 19:36:18 -0400
From: "Jerry"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - RESISTOR WIRE LOCATION

> Also, haven't been able to locate the resistor wire. I checked around
the ignition switch. Anyone know for certain? Thanks for the help!
>
> Matt Tobin

The resistor wire you are looking for runs from the ignition switch thru
the firewall plug and out eventually
to the coil.
It most likely is a pink wire, heavier gauge than most of the other wires
on the back of the switch. It could be either red with a green
stripe.....most Fords of this age all were the same color code.......or
possibly black with a green stripe.
There should be three (3) large diameter wires on the ign switch. Its not
the solid yellow one. Its not the solid red or solid black one. Its the
other one.
Jerry
1969 F350 Dually reefer 351W AOD PS PB PW AC
1970 F100 (ret)



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Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 20:03:54 -0400
From: Jack Fleming
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - Tonneau

Rick-

I have an A.R.E. fiberglass hard tonneau on my Toyota pickup - I literally
get stopped on the street by people wanting to know where I got it. The
exterior color match provided by the manufacturer and based on my truck's
color code was perfect, the inside is just white gel coat. Its very easy to
remove if you need to haul something large, although it is sufficiently
heavy that it requires 2 people. The locking mechanism is as secure if not
more so, than a regular car trunk. Options available included several
different interior lights and a color-matched finished underside - neither
of which I got. I paid about $600.00 about 18 months ago, and the guy I
ordered it through said the "full size" trucks were only slightly higher.
After 18 months it has worn very well - I'm completely satisfied and would
definitely recommend it.

Jack

At 07:28 AM 10/1/98 -0500, you wrote:
>I have a 78 F250 SuperCab with an 8' box. I want to put a hard tonneau
cover on
>it. Anyone have any recommendations as to which brand has the best
>quality/appearance?
>Rick
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Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 18:53:53 -0600
From: "Samson A. Flamand"
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Engine swap 390 to 429

I have a 1971 Ford F-250 two wheel drive pickup with a 4 speed
transmission. I want to swap my 390 engine out for a 429 engine but I
don't know if it will work.

Will the motor mounts and brackets be the same?

Can I get a flywheel and bell housing from a 460 with a 4 speed and use
it with the 429? Someone told me that the 429 is externally balanced
with the automatic transmission torque converter and cannot be mated to
a 4 speed transmission?!

Am I going to see much of an increase in towing power? I pull a 29 foot
high rise 5th wheel trailer?

Is this going to be more trouble than it is worth?

Please note the pickup originally came with a C-6 automatic
transmission. The 429 that I have located is from a 1970 Thunderbird.
I believe that it probably has a C-6 transmission also?! I guess I
could go back to the automatic if needed, but am quite partial to the 4
speed. (Couldn't seem to keep the C-6 running for more than a year!).

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Date: Sat, 3 Oct 1998 00:30:57 -0400
From: "Melayne Arnold"
Subject: Re: FTE 61-79 - Engine swap 390 to 429

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From: Samson A. Flamand
To: 61-79-list ford-trucks.com
Date: Friday, October 02, 1998 9:11 PM
Subject: FTE 61-79 - Engine swap 390 to 429


>I have a 1971 Ford F-250 two wheel drive pickup with a 4 speed
>transmission. I want to swap my 390 engine out for a 429 engine but I
>don't know if it will work.
>
>Will the motor mounts and brackets be the same?
>
No, the FE motor mounts will not work on a 385 series engine. For 2wd I
suggest L&L's mounts for the 460.


>Can I get a flywheel and bell housing from a 460 with a 4 speed and use
>it with the 429? Someone told me that the 429 is externally balanced
>with the automatic transmission torque converter and cannot be mated to
>a 4 speed transmission?!

>

No, again. The 429 is internally balanced. The 460 flywheels for standard
transmissions were all after '79 so these engines are externally balanced
(flywheel). I've used 390 flywheels, neutrally(no) balanced and the bell
housing from a 351m/400, get the clutch that matches the flywheel so the
bolt patterns line up. These should mate up to either a Borg-Warner T-18 or
New Process 435 4-speed transmissions.

>Am I going to see much of an increase in towing power? I pull a 29 foot
>high rise 5th wheel trailer?
>
Maybe, the 390 is a great engine, as is the 429. It just depends on how they
are built. With the engines being built to the same degree and care, the 429
should have a noticeable edge in bottom end power.

>Is this going to be more trouble than it is worth?
>

It well could be. The 390 is a very strong engine and if you already have
the transmission mated to it that you like, the money and trouble it would
take to change everything over to 429 could build you a very strong 390.

>Please note the pickup originally came with a C-6 automatic
>transmission. The 429 that I have located is from a 1970 Thunderbird.
>I believe that it probably has a C-6 transmission also?! I guess I
>could go back to the automatic if needed, but am quite partial to the 4
>speed. (Couldn't seem to keep the C-6 running for more than a year!).



This is only my opinion, so take it for what its worth. I have several
F-250's all of which have gotten the 429/460 swap. I really am partial to
this engine. However, if one of them had a 390 and the transmission I liked
in it, I would have a lot of trouble justifying going to all the expense and....


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