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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-01-09, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Need Engine/Transmission Help!

Hey Guys,

First off, I don't really know anything about Fords so work with me here, I only what what I have read in the last few days.

My friend has a 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 we have been working on. It has an automatic transmission.

In Summary:

- Original Motor unknown, was swapped to a 289 at some point
- Motor was seized
- Assumed motor was 64/65+ 6 bolt motor
- Bought a 302 to put in it
- Took out the old motor, found out it was an early 5 bolt 289

So...a few questions:

1.) How do I identify the transmission in the vehicle?
2.) What would have come from the factory with this vehicle?
3.) Would I be better off changing the transmission or just the bell housing?
4.) Is a 6 bolt bell housing available for the transmission?

Any information would be GREATLY appreciated. THANKS EVERYONE!

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-01-09, 06:49 PM
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Re: Need Engine/Transmission Help!

Hi, First of all to find out the original motor you should get the serial number off the serial should be attached to the left front door pillar.
Assuming you are in the U.S. the serial will read like this for example 2S63X100001. 2 is the year, S assembly plant or could be another letter, 63 is 2 door club victoria (52 would be 4 door sedan) now for the motor.
Q = 390 cu. in. 4bbl high performance
R = 390 cu. in. 4bbl low compression
T = 292 cu. in. 2bbl low compression
V = 223 cu. in. (6 cylinder)
W = 292 cu. in. 2bbl
X = 352 cu. in. 2bbl (This is the motor with the above serial #)
Z= 390 cu. in. 4bbl
M= 390 cu. in. (tri power...3-2bbl carbs high performance)
The transmission, look on the steering column. You should have
P-R-N-D2-D1-L that would indicate the 3 speed cruise-0-matic
P-R-N-D-L that would indicate it would have had the 2 speed Ford-O-matic.
Hope this is of help to you. 289 V8's and 302 V8's were not original equipment in the 62 Fords. That started with the 63 Fords.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-02-09, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Need Engine/Transmission Help!

Thanks for the information! Most helpful. Original equipment would have been the 352

It would appear I am working with the original transmission, a Medium Case Cruise-O-Matic MX or FX. I need to identify a 2 vs. 3 speed yet.

They only made the medium case Cruise-O-Matics until 1968.

If when the smaller (FMX) case came out (1968-1981) the bellhousings were the same I would be in good shape.

However, if the bellhousings are indeed different, I would be looking for a new bellhousing under strict guidelines. Would have to be a 1965-1968 Cruise-O-matic.

Anyone have any information to offer? THANKS!
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