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Old 03-24-2017, 08:10 AM
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Which crate engine?

I'm a newbie, that will be obvious soon... I was a real gear head in high school but that was 30 years ago and I haven't changed my own oil in years.

I have been wanting to rebuild a 78/79 Bronco and plan to replace the engine. My question is

1)what engine is best to go back in?

2) does it matter what size the old engine is? Does a 351M have to replace a 351M?

3) how do I minimize hassles when swapping engines - what other advice can you help me with.
 
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Old 03-24-2017, 12:56 PM
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if your going to keep the same trans then you need to stick with the 351/400m or a 460. otherwise you need to change the bellhousing/trans for something else.
 
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Old 03-26-2017, 08:33 AM
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What are your plans for the truck? The stock engine thats in it will likely give you less headache down the road. I have a heavily modified CJ with parts/components from a Ford truck trans behind an AMC engine, Chrysler fuel injection, GM alt, Nissan fuel system parts...... While I wouldnt change anything I've done to it, it can be a pain trying to remember/keep track of what's what when I have to wrench on it. For this reason, I'm leaving my Bronco as stock as possible
 
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Old 04-14-2017, 01:05 AM
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It's best IMO, to keep the Bronco as stock as possible. even with the age of your Bronco it might be harder and harder, but it's going to be easier to sell knowing it's all stock.
 
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Old 04-14-2017, 07:14 PM
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I have thought of that question also, I love my 88 XLT, 351 EFI but I thought this would be a great upgrade, 3/4 or 1 ton 2005 or newer 4X4 super duty. Basically the whole drive train, master cylinder, brake booster, steering column, steering box, torque converter, trans, motor, radiator, wiring harness, computer, and both axles. I would also be able to upgrade the drive shafts and u joints. I am not sure but I think the rear axle is already disc brakes, if not already make it disc and upgrade them to better aftermarket discs and calipers for better stopping with bigger tires. I know this would be a very long, and expensive project but it would be easier to find parts for, and it should still be in great shape to give to my grandson when he graduates high school.
 
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Old 08-01-2017, 05:34 PM
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Hi,

I tought the 460 requires a different bell housing. Is that wrong or right?
 
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351m/400 (335 series) and 370/ 429/460 (385 series) all use the same bell housing bolt pattern.
 
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Originally Posted by V8BB View Post
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I tought the 460 requires a different bell housing. Is that wrong or right?
wrong, maybe you have bled out

did you know Ford built a Hemi engine too? they didn't need it to win but it was pretty cool! boss 429
 
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:50 AM
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http://www.tmeyerinc.com/ Might want to check with this guy for bolt in replacement.
 
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