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Old 03-09-2005, 08:11 AM
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bbc in a 1971 Ford Galaxie

I have a 1971 Ford Galaxie it currently has a 400 modified, C6, and a 9 inch. The motor is locked up and after a month with the cylinders filled with trans fluid it still will not turnover. So I began to come up with some other ideas. The car is to be used as a figure eight and demo car. I have a 454 that is out of a mid 70's Suburban, and could have a rebuilt 400 for 300.00 seems like a good combination for what I'm trying to do. I just have one small problem will it fit. Is it possible or cost effective to make this work the car has 65k original miles and with the 9 inch would be great. Help me please I plan on starting to dismantle and refit the car soon. Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-09-2005, 09:38 AM
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Why not pull the motor and have it rebuilt for $300, then when it is done, put the motor back in.
You are going to have to go through the trouble of switching more than just the motor. You will need to swap motor, transmission, exhaust, wiring, along with having a driveshaft made to accept both ford/gm ujoints, and correct length. And probably a radiator also, most typically GM radiators are setup the opposite of Fords.
$300 sounds awful cheap for rebuilding a locked up motor...good luck either way.
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Old 03-10-2005, 05:16 AM
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Also a 460 will bolt to the existing tranny. In some areas old running 460 Lincolns are still cheap. Probably won't win many races with a 400.
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Maybe I have not been clear enough the rebuild price is for the transmission. The motor that I am going to put in the car is a 454. The wiring is not an issue as I always rewire the entire car because I run a starter switch on a joy stick next to my seat and have the battery in the car. The main thing I am worried about is how everything physically fits in the frame.
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along with having a driveshaft made to accept both ford/gm ujoints,WEIMER
Just buy bastard u-joints. It won't make the job much easier though. Go for it if you want.
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:57 PM
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With a torch & a welder you can make most anything fit... hey, if it floats your boat, I guess go for it. Im not a fan of cross breeds personally, but it isnt my car LOL. Id rather see a Ford in it myself LOL & Im a Chevy guy
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Old 03-12-2005, 02:40 PM
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engine swap

A 429/460 will bolt into your existing mounts and bellhousing with no mods.
That is what I would recommend rather than spending a ton putting an engine in it that has only compareable performance capabilities.
A note of interest is that the guy that designed the BBC also was later the same guy that designed the Lima Ford. Well I guess you have to make a rough draft before you can make the superior finished model.

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I can't believe what happened. I asked a question and received input. The input helped me to make a decision on my project. The decision I came to was to put a 460 in this car. The amount of time I will save alone will be worth it. I have an early 70's Mark with a 460 in it that will be a great donor. Anymore input on my spring project will be greatly appreciated. Does anyone else demo? Your advice could help also on that topic. Thanks in advance. Kip
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when you asked if anyone else demo'd are you talking about demolition derby's, I was in one last year if thats what your talking about.
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Old 03-16-2005, 02:25 PM
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Yeah that is what I am talking about. How long have you been entering demo derbies I have been in only one. The car I ran was a 1987 Crown Victoria. What types of things do you do to prepare your car. What kind of cars do you run. Kip
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Old 03-16-2005, 04:44 PM
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460 Ford

Glad to see you are going to put a good engine in your Galaxie instead of butchering a perfectly good car and ruin it by putting a mediocre, boat anchor, engine in it.
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