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Old 04-11-2009, 09:09   #1 (permalink)
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Which auto tranny will fit a FE 352

Hey guys,
I have a 73 F-100 with a rebuilt C-4 and an inline 6. I want to put a V-8 in it to pull a trailer and run A/C. From what I've read in the forums, I think I want to go with the FE 352. My question, therefore, is will the 73 C-4 tranny that I have fit on a 61 Galaxie 352?
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:08   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Which auto tranny will fit a FE 352

NO. Unless you hall nothing but a 500 lb. trailor you will have to change more things
than your truck is worth. Look for a bigger truck that comes with a tow package.
What are you going to do for a rad ? You will find that the 352 where the 6 came out of will be 8 - 10 inches to short. How are you going to cool it ? Don't waste your time.
That is if you have nothing but time and money, go for it. We USED TO put v8s into
where 6s were. Not worth the trouble and time. your rad hoses don't fit. your gas
linkage doesn't fit. Drive shaft doesn't fit. Motor mounts don't fit, exhaust doesn't fit.
trans mounts don't fit and it goes on forever. If you do get it to work well and you stomp
the gas peddle to see how it goes the large bang you hear will be the 6 cylinder diff. and
rear springs blowing out because it can't take the power of the V8.
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Re: Which auto tranny will fit a FE 352

Thanks for your response. It sounds like you've had some experience with motor swaps.
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Re: Which auto tranny will fit a FE 352

I'll answer my own question...An FE 352 is a big block so it won't bolt up to a C-4 tranny. Live and learn
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Old 04-14-2009, 16:43   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Which auto tranny will fit a FE 352

Yes a41fatboy we learned the hard way. We did two engine swaps as you described.
The first one and the last one. Leave your f100 as original. You never know it could be worth money in time. There are not too many around. My dad gave me his 6 cylinder 72
econoline van with the C4 trans. You couldn't get that thing stuck. ( within reason ).
the 6 didn't have the power to spin the wheels but it dug and pulled out. A V8 would
spin the wheels and you were done. You have a very nice truck. Don't butcher it. Mind
you that is just my opinion.
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Old 04-15-2009, 15:26   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Which auto tranny will fit a FE 352

a 352 is an FE Engine family member,

Ford doesn't do BB or SB, THEY HAVE ENGINE FAMILIES.
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