Originally Posted by Rhino63
So Bought A 1963 Ford Falcon Futura about 5 months ago, I always wanted one since HS. but about a 3 weeks ago my 170ci Stop working I spend about $500 on Parts and labor, after a week of use it broke down again....!!! so my father (being the Chevy Fan that he is) Gave me a 350 SBC w/matching trany, now,!! I rather have a 302 or 351w,but my budget wont allow it, I have spend over $5000 on cosmetic repairs on My Baby already, so i'm broke and with out a car. can this be done? and if so. what do i need for motor mounts trany mounts and do I need to change my suspension ? I need it running by next week, any advise will be appreciated.
302 is as close to a bolt in as it will ever come, the 1963 offered the 260 as an option which is the same external dimensions as the 302, the 63 V8 Falcon was the pilot for the 1964 Mustang. The 1964 thru 1966 Mustang parts for rear end, drive shaft and suspension are a bolt in.
The 350 Chev is wider than the 221-302, it presents the same exhaust problems that the 351 for does, but is doable, it adds about 70 pounds over the front axle compared to the 221-302 block unless you use aluminum heads and intake.
An increasingly common swap is a bit of a cross breed using a Ford Windsor (221-302) block with a Chev 200R4, TH350, 700R4, 4L60 tranny as these are a lot more common and longer lived than the Ford C4 or AOD. Certainly an older 4 speed stick like a T-10 or Top-Loader or a newer Tremac 5 speed could be used as well.
The Windsor comes in two bellhousing bolt patterns, the early 221, 260, and 289 production thru the 1964 model year. These use a 5 bolt bellhousing pattern. Starting with the 1965 thru the end of production the Windsor uses a 6 bolt pattern. So to keep you straight the year of engine and transmission need to match unless you want to get into an adapter situation.
A V8 either going with the Ford or a Chevy is preferable to using the later inline 6's, these are poorly thought out and poorly executed engines that are an expensive PIA to get performance out of, best left to those 6 cylinder enthusiasts who, like Alfa-Romeo folks, are willing to put out the continuous effort and expense to make them run well. The simple and long term reliable approach is a V8.