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Old 02-23-2006, 09:23 AM
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1958 F100 Engine Swap Advice

Hi everyone, I just obtained a 58 F100 equipped with a 292/warner t98a 4speed combo. Has anyone put a 60's 70's vintage 289/302 or 360/390 in one of these pickups? I have searched the forum and can't find any info on what I want to do here. I am looking at a 289 on the web out of a 71 F100. What I need to know is will this engine mate to my bell housing and will I be able to use the existing front engine mounts? Also the 58 has a hydraulic clutch setup which could pose a dilemma, as the slave cylinder is mounted to the bell housing. Anyway, if anyone who has done this can tell me what will work, the best engine to use, and how they did it would be greatly appreciated. By the way, I want to stay with the manual trans and not automatic, even though it would probably be an easier installation. Thanks.
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Hi A small block bell is different from a 292. If I remember correctly the 292 bell has mts on each side and the later 289,Etc the mounts are on the tranny tailshaft. Actually it might be easier to use an FE IE.352 or 390.I believe those were an option in those years.As for the hydraulic clutch you could make a bracket to use it.No mater what engine you use you will need the truck manual bell.Also probably an universal rear crossmember other than that its kind fly by the seat of your pants job.I hope this helps good luck.
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Here is a site for 48-60 owners.

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=41
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KennyB, I have a 1963 F-100 unibody, it posts a 292 3speed on the floor, forget the "TREE", in my experience with this motor, people dont give it the respect it deserves. The 292 is a very hot motor. will outdo the 4.6 and the 5.0 all day long stock. my 292 is all original except for the aftermarket bolt ons. I can break the tires loose in all three gears no problem. For some help for you i would look a little closer at the 292 as an excellent option as a hotrod platform. National Parts Depot offers ALL the components you need for a full custom 292 "FREAK" motor.
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redlightening posted an excellent source of Info. FTE. I wouldn't discount the Y-block you have though. Mine is the smaller version in my 56 (272), but I am actually beginning to like it. (where is the shocked smilie?)

I have been driving it like this for a while now. My original plan was a drivetrain swap....now...I am not so sure.
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Thank you guys for all the advice. I think I will stick with this 292. Sounds like it's going to be alot easier, and better, to overhaul the engine that I have.
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Thank you guys for all the advice. I think I will stick with this 292. Sounds like it's going to be alot easier, and better, to overhaul the engine that I have.
The 292 is a good engine.

I had a 57 Ford SWB Truck and we put a 390 HP out of a 63 Galaxie in it. It would really run. I could outrun most of the cars on the street, (327s, and 396 Chevelles) in 1968 except the Dodge and Plymouth maxi wedge 440s and Hemis. I even had a match race one night(like American Grafitti) with a friend that had a 650 Triumph MC and won with lots of spectators.
It was a fun truck.

If I remember correctly, it just bolted in. We used the engine/transmission(4-speed) out of the car.
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