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Old 07-26-2010, 02:41 PM
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Can i swap a 170 for a 144 and bolt right in

I have a 62 Econoline pickup with a tired 170 engine with a 3 on the tree, can I swap it out and put a 62 144 engine from a Econoline van and be a direct bolt in. Looking for a good running engine to replace my tired 170.
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Same basic engine, 144,170,200 should bolt right in no problem. If you have a choice, go for a 200ci.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:30 PM
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Thank You GFW
I found a 144 locally that was re built with 5000 miles on it but he is saying it won't match the 170 trans. I thought all those engines were compatible.
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Not saying he's wrong, my knowledge only goes back to 66. The 66 up tranny's I have are dual bolt pattern.
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The 144 will bolt up to the tranny of the 170. It will match the motor mounts and rad hoses.
It should be a straight swap with minor changes on linkages or vacuum hoses at the most.
As for a 200. It has to be an early 200. I tried to install one from a 1970 Maverick and it did not match my trannys bellhousing or motor mounts. The rad hoses were opposite sides.
I still have it sitting in my truck. I plan to have a 170 I have in a parts van rebuilt and put back in my truck to an original.
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The guy selling the engine said he tried to swap a 170 out of an old Bronco with this 144 and it was a no go, that's why he's selling it and he still says it won't work in my 62 econoline ?
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Old 01-07-2011, 03:56 PM
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The 62 Econolines stock engine were only the 144 and 170 engines. They interchange to the same tranny and motor mounts.
It should fit. I do not recall any of the old Broncos having that size of motor. A 170 matbe, but not a 144. It would be weak for what the Broncos are used for, except for straight driving.
Those two engines are straight swaps.
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:15 PM
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Thank you kind Sir. Do you think $300.00 for a rebuilt engine with 5000 miles is a good deal even if it is a 144
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Yes that is a good price when a rebuild is $2000 or more. I sold a rebuilt slant 225 with 5000km on it for $1000. It cost me $2000 grand to have rebuild. The car I put it in got totaled 6 month later. Insurance would not cover the new motor, so I kept car and sold motor to recoup some costs.
So at $300 that is a good deal. Does he have receipts from the rebuild shop?
I got a 390 for my 78 truck for $600 that was rebuilt and papers were included. This was a truck that got totaled and the motor to only had 5000 miles on it.
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I will ask him he said it's a 144 5000 bored over ? and it throws out 90 to 100 horse power
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Same block, the 170 was just bored and stroked longer.
Honestly, I have had both engines and there is little difference in the two.
The 200 is stronger.
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1962 FORD ECONOLINE 144ciengine - eBay (item 110632042359 end time Jan-11-11 16:08:01 PST)

I don't know if you can click this link but this is the motor and he lost all the paper work to the re build in a fire
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The Comet and Falcons share the same bell housings as the Econoline.
That motor looks kinda greasy and dirty for a engine rebuilt 5000 miles ago.
Even $300 for a good running engine is not bad. He does not say wat the compression is. Just one picture and no returns. That leaves it your choice to chance it works good. It is a gamble. A co-worker bought a what original 350 engine from a 68 Camero on Ebay. Paid the shipping and high price for the engine that was suspose to be from a Camero of that year. Only to find it was a 305 from a early 80's car. He got stung. Now he is getting a crated engine for his 68 Camero. So buyer beware. It is your gamble.
For me I would pass this one. He does not have much info written and pics or documents to back the rebuild and the greasy dirty look says it is not rebuilt. But a used engine. If it is a good engine with good compression It would fine at that price.
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I read his feedback. It shows 100% positive. I don't know how that works when his feedback is 90% him purchasing stuff. Shouldn't that be for selling. He had one negative remark about the prices of shipping. He paid less than he charges for shipping with no compensation of the difference.
So I learned that if they have 100% by their name, does not mean they sold goods and got 100%. It means overall selling and buying.
So a person needs to look at the feedback remarks to get an idea of the creditbility.
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Again thank you for your input, as soon as he said the paperwork was lost in a fire a big red flag went up in my head, I'm going to skip this one, I thought the same thing that it looked really dirty for a rebuild. I will keep looking.
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