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Old 03-27-2011, 22:16   #1 (permalink)
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'77 LTD 460 + ZF 5-speed in a '76 F-350 2WD

Hello there and thanks in advance.
My main question is what clutch and flywheel I need to use, and if i should go hydro or mech linkage. If my homework is correct the '77 motor is internally balanced, and the ZF only came on the later ('87-'95) externally balanced 460's. Also any tips or suggestions that may help my swap go smooth would be greatly appreciated. I will be hauling a trailer almost daily. The 460 has 45k origional miles on it, all stock at this point. Some help with a Boneyard list, and a parts store list would be great. Thanks again.
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:39   #2 (permalink)
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Re: '77 LTD 460 + ZF 5-speed in a '76 F-350 2WD

Ok well did some more research, here's what I found, please correct me if i'm wrong. If I want a 12" clutch I would have to use '78 or later flywheel and have it machined to balance, or I go with pre-'78 and use the 11". As far as Hydro or Mech, either can be done aswell, Hydro requires a clutch MC installed in the firewall, and going the mech route I'll need a tranny-side Z bar bracket fabricated. Need this swap to happen with a very low budget for now, with plans for later upgrades.
My boneyard list is looking something like:
- Rear-sump oil pan, pickup and dipstick off of any 460 truck or Van
- Coil Springs for 460 (truck came with a 300-6)
- Saginaw PS pump and bracket (4 bolt from 87-96 van)
- Stock truck manifolds (heard going headers on a nearly stock build will cost me low end torque)
- Mount towers
- Power Steering Box
Parts Store list:
- Clutch Kit (as soon as I figure which way to go)
- '68 - '72 timing chain (hear it's good for 20-30 Hp)
- All new pumps water/fuel/oil/PS
- Basic Tune-up stuffs

Would love some input on any of these points. I have done a couple builds in the past, not an expert. If there is something I have overlooked or misunderstood please let me know. Tearing into the donor car in a couple days.

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