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Old 03-11-2013, 09:27   #1 (permalink)
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1977 vs 1986 F-150 engine swap

Hi everyone I'm new here but I have a question for you all. My 1977 F-150 is starting to go unfortunately. The floors rusted out and I'm just getting rust in the cab in places I would prefer not to fix. Right now it have the BB 351 in it, 4 speed with granny low, np205, ford 9" rear and Dana 60 front with 4:11's. I found a guy selling a rolling chassis 1986 F-150 and I'm curious if I can put my drivetrain from the 77 in the 86 without too much headache. Mostly concerned about the engine, trans and transfer case. The rears i would like to be able to put in also since idk what this 86 has in it but they are not as crucial. Is this a possible swap or are they different enough where swapping would be a headache?


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Old 03-12-2013, 06:27   #2 (permalink)
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How much experience do you have swapping engines and fabricating parts?
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:04   #3 (permalink)
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I have swapped 3 engines in my nova and am building a supercharged motor so I am good with building and fabricating but I decided not to get the truck because it was in the same shape as my 77 so it wasn't worth any headaches


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Re: 1977 vs 1986 F-150 engine swap

I don't think it'd be too difficult for you, then. You might have to drill a few holes to reposition the mounts. I don't think frame geometry changed all that much until the 90's.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:26   #5 (permalink)
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It sounds like you know what you are doing and should have no problem.
Tell us about your Nova! I have two, one a '73 hatch frame off resto with a 350 HO and 700r4, the other a '69 396 clone, still a project car for Jake (my son) and I. Love old Novas!
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It sounds like you know what you are doing and should have no problem.
Tell us about your Nova! I have two, one a '73 hatch frame off resto with a 350 HO and 700r4, the other a '69 396 clone, still a project car for Jake (my son) and I. Love old Novas!
I have a 75 nova. Bought it when I was 16 (I'm now 20). Started life as a 6 cylinder with turbo 350 trans that's built. Now it's on it's 3rd motor. 350 worked pretty well. Probably just a bit over 400hp. Build the whole motor from the ground up with my dad. Now we are building our first blower motor. It will be a 355 with a b&m 144 blower with around 6lbs of boost, water/methanol injected. Shooting for just over 500hp. The car also has a ford 9" with 3:70 gears and a Detroit lock and now has 4 wheel manual disc brakes. Fun toy, and I drive it too school on nice days.




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Old 03-25-2013, 18:58   #7 (permalink)
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Wow!!!

Very nice Nova. It has to be straight to look that good in black.

My '73 hatchback is just a cruiser, but has a 350 HO, 700R4, 3:73 gear combo. I'm old school, and old too, so it has 15" steelies with dog dish hub caps, resto interior, and is currently in pieces (again) getting ready for paint. I did a complete sub-frame off resto several years ago.

I have a bunch of cars including a 'Vette and three Mustangs (one a Shelby GT500) but the Nova will always be my favorite!
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:14   #8 (permalink)
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I would love to do a frame off resto. I need to redo the interior still. It's in ok shape but the seats need to be recovered but I plan on going with a pro street look so I am going to make a stainless steel dash, switch over to bucket seats and removing the back seat since I'm going to tub it and add a 4 link. Eventually though, college gets the preference over my money unfortunately right now.


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Old 03-30-2013, 08:09   #9 (permalink)
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It's good to see that you have your priorities straight. You'll always have time for your cars, but don't forget that they are just a hobby.
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