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Old 12-08-2008, 11:40 AM
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Where can i find info about putting a V8 in my 61 stepside

i have a 1961 f100 step side. i want to put a ford or chevy smallblock in it and would appreciate some knowledge on the subject
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:34 PM
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Not familiar with the 61-64 engine swaps; as with the 65-66, converting to a V8 is usually not as labor intensive. Ran a cursory search and came up with a couple of links on the subject, may want to run another search and suggest narrow field to the 61-66 forum. Likely a more knowledgeable member with the swap will be able to provide more info, again welcome to FTE.

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/49...storation.html

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/20...lp-please.html
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Don't put an SBC in it!
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As it is your truck you can put whatever you want in it.

aftermarket cross members are available for 34" wide frames in many variety of flavors and tastes. From SBC/BBC to most any ford engine series made.

An engine swap requires removal of the bell housing cross member and if it stock was a 292 the front frame mount. 223 six needs no mods as the bracket is not there.

Additionally you will need to add a transmission cross member on the flavor of transmission you want.

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thanks

i have the inline 6 with the 3 speed manual tranny . u say that the 6 to a v8 is an easier swap???
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oh forgot to mention

oh yea by the way this truck was my first vehicle ever. bought it with money from summer job when i was 14. dad sold it when i was in high school and im just getting it back. following through with my dreams from the day i bought it. soon to be sittin low and pretty. drk green paint bucket seats thumping small block and some fat duel exhaust. pics soon thanks for info all help much appreciated
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The 223 six does not have the front bracket that the 292 used. So yes one less thing to remove.

Just remember the 64 has the engine offset to the passenger side so when placing a new mill and transmission match what was stock it will save some aggravation down the line in vibration.

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Something to think about...put the 61 on a 79 or so frame. Disc brakes, P/S etc. plus mounts for V-8. SBC is a no-no.
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Installing a SBC in a slick is gonna make it absolutely worthless. You will never be able to sell the thing. About the same as buying a diamond ring and powdercoating it black. Just doesn't make any sense.
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