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Old 12-06-2018, 11:10 PM
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460 big block manual transmissions

(Background info)>> So I currently have a 1970 Ford torino, with the plan to hot rod it out. Iíve taken the original 302 v8 and the 3 speed automatic out of it and I now currently have a 385 series 460 big block with a c6 transmission (itís out of a 1972 Lincoln continental) Iíd really like to swap it to a manual. Something not crazy expensive because I am on a budget on this build, just something that can handle 500-600 hp and not give a issue when I stroke this car and start actually putting power behind it. 4,5,6-speed doesnít matter any suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated thank you.
 
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:32 PM
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Welcome to FTE.

What are going to do with the car? Cruise, actual drag race, or daily driver?

Budget and 500-600 HP are mutually exclusive.

You would best to stay with an automatic.

To change to a stick, you will need a set of pedals from a MT car. You may have to go aftermarket for a bell housing, or find one from a mt 429 car.

You can go with the Ford top loader 4 speed. You can search the junk yards nationwide for what few may be left, or this outfit and maybe a couple others:
David Kee Toploader Transmissions, Inc.

This outfit will fix you up with a 5 or 6 gear, bell, etc.

TREMEC 5-speed 6-speed Transmission Conversion solutions for classic and modern muscle

There is nothing inexpensive in the way of a 5 or 6 speed swap.

Also, what rear axle do you have? 8" or 9"?
 
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Old 12-07-2018, 09:52 AM
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When I was a teen in the 70s, the local speed shop had this sign over the counter: Speed Costs Money - How Fast Do You Want To Go?
 
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Old 12-07-2018, 09:42 PM
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thanks for the reply and info I really appreciate it.

Originally Posted by 85e150six4mtod View Post
Welcome to FTE.

What are going to do with the car? Cruise, actual drag race, or daily driver? daily driver,round town car that can still burn the tires on demand.

Budget and 500-600 HP are mutually exclusive. One day good sir, one day.

You would best to stay with an automatic.i know life is too short to stay stock though.

To change to a stick, you will need a set of pedals from a MT car. You may have to go aftermarket for a bell housing, or find one from a mt 429 car.

You can go with the Ford top loader 4 speed. You can search the junk yards nationwide for what few may be left, or this outfit and maybe a couple others:
David Kee Toploader Transmissions, Inc.

This outfit will fix you up with a 5 or 6 gear, bell, etc.

TREMEC 5-speed 6-speed Transmission Conversion solutions for classic and modern muscle

There is nothing inexpensive in the way of a 5 or 6 speed swap.

Also, what rear axle do you have? 8" or 9"?
Itís a 8Ē that originally came with the car. Iím definitely gonna look into the 4 speed top loader I think thatís my best bet thank you so much for the info and the usufull advice.
 
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When I was a teen in the 70s, the local speed shop had this sign over the counter: Speed Costs Money - How Fast Do You Want To Go?
Ha, well I guess money is no object then.
 
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Old 12-10-2018, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by 1970fordtorino View Post

Ha, well I guess money is no object then.
That's good, because you will need to swap out that 8 inch, either before you hit the road, or after it grenades under the power you have planned.
 
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:45 PM
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Yea absolutely Iíve got a lot planned for the car I just wanted a transmission that can handle the upgrades for the future 500-600 horse power being the end goal one day. Just a good trans for a starting point. (Being the first).
 


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