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engine swap into a 79 T-bird

Has anyone tried this yet. . . I've been given a 68' 428 engine and before I go through all the work of rebuilding it and then trying to install it, what I would like to know is will it fit under the hood of my 79' T-bird? I don't really want to cut an opening into my hood to make it work. I would rather make it appear more like a cruiser with a dirty little secrete.

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Has anyone tried this yet. . . I've been given a 68' 428 engine and before I go through all the work of rebuilding it and then trying to install it, what I would like to know is will it fit under the hood of my 79' T-bird? I don't really want to cut an opening into my hood to make it work. I would rather make it appear more like a cruiser with a dirty little secrete.
You'd likely have to cut the hood. Largest engine that was available for the 77-79 was the 400 Cleveland (400 was not available in 79, but the 351M, which was the taller 400 block was), which is a step below the 428 FE. The 77-79 models were all about down-sizing. What engine does the bird have now??? If it's a 302 or 351 Windsor, rebuild it. It is allot cheaper to build than an FE. A 351M would be more expensive to build, but parts can be had for them (351M was the raised Block 400C, with a 351C crank and longer conecting rods).

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Re: engine swap into a 79 T-bird

Thank you tbird100636. I did know about the 400 being an option for the Thunderbirds of those years that's why I was curious if a 428 would fit. Seeing that it is going to be given to me I was just wondering. The engine that is in the car now is the 351windsor. I have been researching upgrading that motor as well as the 428.
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