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From: Sumner, WA
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posted 03-30-2005 06:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kyle   Click Here to Email Kyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently inherited a '79 E350 from my Grandpa. The body isn't in great shape- no dents, just faded paint and a small amount of rust. However, it has a 460 with 12,000 miles on it, a C6, and 4.11 gears in the rear. He used it to tow his travel trailer to Mazatlan and back, so it's set up with the weight distributing hitch and all that jazz. I don't know what to do with it, so I wanted to ask about the compatibility of these components in another Ford.

I have a '72 F250, 2wd truck that I tow my racecar with. It has a 390/C6 in it. What is the possibility of swapping in the 460/C6 and rear end from the E350? An easy swap or not? Would you do it? It won't be for awhile, but I need to figure out if I want to keep or sell the E350. Thanks!

Kyle Laramore

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posted 03-30-2005 08:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You'll need 460 motor mounts (six pieces total) ftom a 1973-1979 F-100/250. There is a chassis bracket, a rubber mount and an engine block bracket on each side. I've seen 1966-1969 Fairlane/Torino 390 mounts altered to fit what's already on your chassis (in a 1971 F-250). I've never checked on Econoline/F-series motor mount bracket swaps..Your Econoline might have the same pieces as the F-series. See what rubber mount is called for in the parts book.

On some Econolines the motor is offset to the right more than the F-series trucks. The rear axles were offset too. Check the spring pad widths and the pinion location.


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