I recently acquired a 1960 Tbird. Due to it sitting for a long time it is in need of an engine rebuild and/or replacement. The current engine is the FE 352
I am in no hurry and am planning on enjoying the project. I have a few questions for any knowledgable types out there.
First, I have a line on a Fuel injected 460 engine that came out of a 1997 truck. I am pretty sure in looking at it that the bell housing is different among other things. I am curious if it would be worth the mods required to make this switch and if the 460 would even be a good choice?
Second, keeping in mind that the plan is for a Hot Rod, what would be a relatively easy swap that would net a head snapping ride?
Feel free to " School " me
Just rebuild the 352. The 460 EFI swap would require much more work. You would at least need the PCM, the Engine harness, and the mounts. You'll have to do allot of farbicating trying to make stuff fit. The stock Cruis-O-Matic I don't think will bolt up to the 460. C6 might.
Stay with the 352. That 460 is electronic. You will have problems and very likely it will NEVER be right. The very first thing you have to do is completely rebuild the front suspention to hold up the 460. Then a drive line. Then a differential to hold up to the
torque. Then change the exhaust system. Then a new gas tank with inboard fuel pump
and it goes on.
Let me address these Chip:
EFI- well... having the harness and computer from the donor vehicle helps, it's not as if it's drive by wire, or have traction control/stability control.
Front suspension- definetely needs a spring upgrade, a set for the 430 MEL engine will work since the 460 is lighter than an FE believe it or not.
Differential that can hold up to the torque- Hmmm... already has a 9" rear, I don't think we need an upgrade there...
Exhaust system- A given, finding the right manifolds may be a challenge.
New gas tank with internal pump- maybe... could go with an external electric...
Point is, it's doable, with time and $$$, but rebuild parts are available for the 352 FE, and there are some performance parts for the FE, though not all will work with the 352.