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Old 12-14-2002, 12:47 PM
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Post Anybody put a 351W into a '50s sedan?

I just picked up a fairly tired '56 Customline. The 3spd OD is shot, and the Y-block is, well, a Y-block. I was figuring on doing a swap, even before I actually bought the thing, and looking around a Y info, I'm now convinced.
The car's a well-weathered 4-door, so I'm not particularly interested in a resto. Seems like the Y could be a major PITA for a newbie. So I looked around for something like an early '70s Mustang to gut. Then it hit me: I've got an '82 Bronco collecting mice on my brother's farm that only gets used once a year. Seems to me (on the surface, anyway) like I'd have a decent source of a decent drivtrain here. A strong 351w, a C6 and a 9" rear-end.
The 351 will probably start out just the way it is now, and I'll hopefully "build" it in the future.
The C6 will need a tailshaft housing. Now, I'm thinking about a Gear-Vendors unit for the car. I'd really like to just cruise this thing, and the OD seems cool. It looks like the GV replaces the tailshaft, but I'm a little unclear. Anyone done this (I know this part really belongs in the Tranny section. My apologies...)
The rear-end will be too wide. Is it worth it to get the rear narrowed? From what I've always read, the Ford 9" is the bees knees.
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated. Especially build-up ideas for the 351w.
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Old 12-14-2002, 02:46 PM
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The 351W will go right into the '56 engine cradle with the 351W mounts. You may have to elongate one of the frame mount slots.

If you prefer an overdrive, an AOD would most likely serve you better and cheaper.

It might be
easier to find a '57/'59 rear housing than modify the BRONCE unit.
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