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chatas
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From: Ferndale, MI
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posted 07-29-2001 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chatas   Click Here to Email chatas     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a 390 and want to switch over from a C-6 trans to a toploader. I heard that a small block toploader will work and actually they came out of the factory with this setup. Is any of this true? Do I have to use a special pilot bushing? Are the tailshafts any different?

Thanks,
Jim

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ccode67
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posted 07-29-2001 03:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67   Click Here to Email ccode67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I do remember seeing a pilot bushing for this swap years ago, it was a good bit thicker than a normal big block bushing, maybe to make up for a shorter input shaft????

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Gary
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posted 07-29-2001 05:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gary   Click Here to Email Gary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My old 69 Mustang with 390 had the small imput shaft toploader. I spent years beating on it before it finally gave up. All in all they are great trannys. Id look for a big spline toploader from a Torino or R code Mustang if you can find one cheap enough. You can get the pilot bearing fairly easy or just call 4speedtoploaders.com for all your wants and needs.. Tailshafts.humm? I think the big spline from the Mustang is abit shorter if I rememeber but no big deal.

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chatas
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posted 07-30-2001 07:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chatas   Click Here to Email chatas     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the replies!

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Ryan Wilke
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From: Stanton, Michigan
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posted 07-30-2001 08:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jim,
The small-spline Toploader was OEM behind the 390. Only the 427, 428, 429 were OEM-equipped with the big-spline Toploader.

I would use the small-spline unit behind a big-block as long as I didn't bolt on any slicks. If slicks are in your future, then I'd get nervous about the small-spline unit. --just my two cents worth. Good Luck!
Ryan

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