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Which bell housing do I need?

My 55 has the original 6 cylinder and three speed (on the column) transmission in it. I am replacing the motor with a 302 V8 out of a Mustang. Not doing any hot rodding, just putting in a V8 that I have available.

I was going to also put in a C4, but now I'm thinking of just keeping the 3 speed. The existing transmission has a bell housing that has points on it that bolt to the stock transmission crossmember. Is there a bell housing available that will work with my V8?
 
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Not much you can do unless you can find an adapter from the 302 block to the stock bellhousing. Complicated by the fact your BH is for the 6, not the Y-block. I sure don't know of such a thing. Putting it in with the C4 is equally involved, but no clutch worries.
 
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Not much you can do unless you can find an adapter from the 302 block to the stock bellhousing. Complicated by the fact your BH is for the 6, not the Y-block. I sure don't know of such a thing. Putting it in with the C4 is equally involved, but no clutch worries.
That is what I was afraid of. Putting in the C4 will not only require a different trans cross member, but then I need to change the radiator and the steering column. I wanted to keep the steering column stock so I guess I could just leave it there and ignore the shift lever.
 
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What about using a floor shifter and just removing the shift parts from the stock column?
Or how 'bout swapping in a '56 Auto trans column?

Does anyone know if the auto trans column parts from a '56 column would work on a '55 column? If so, that could be an option too.
 
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The detents in the FordOMatic column shift would have to exactly match the C4's, not much chance knowing Ford...

'53 - '55 all had automatics as an option BTW
 
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Ah! See didn't know the auto was offered int he '53-'55s. Learn something every day.
I've seen a couple different trucks running a C4s that were using the stock auto shift on the column at different shows this last year. Never did find the owners to ask how they accomplished that. I'm thinking that as long at the radius length of both levers match where the shift rod is affixed, it should be ok. That is unless the spacing between the PRNDL on the stock column isn't equally spaced... then yeah, there might be a problem.
 
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I saw an article a while back where they made a new column shift detent plate and indicator to match the tranny.
 
 
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