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Old 06-30-2004, 04:36 AM
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Cool cobra engine, early model ford?

I have a question for you guys. I checked the engines forum, and while I found plenty of info concerning the engines themselves, not much about what I need to know specifically. So, here goes: I was thinking about running one of those cobra kit engines in a '51 ford. Now, if I got a transmission that matched up to the powerplant, would it be possible to put it into the '51 withouth having to redo 10 billion different things, or would I have to find something that's going to match a stock tranny? I'm new to this whole thing (no car yet even) I just had the idea while brainstorming the other day and would like toget some opinions, thanks

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Old 06-30-2004, 04:47 AM
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The shoebox Fords are among some of my favorites.

Don't use the stock trans as it will not hold up for long.

You can put any engine/trans you want to in there and the amount of work involved will depend on what combo you choose and your skill level.

I'd suggest that you consider swapping out the rear as well.

Engine mounts and trans mount will have to be fabricated. Driveshaft will have to be fabricated as well.

Steering may be in the way for some combo's.

If you have a convertible, the 'X' member will give you some concern as it will have to be modified for most transmissions to fit. The standard sedans do not have the 'X' member and are less of a problem in that area.
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