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Old 04-20-2013, 01:07 PM
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hi i have a 1965 ford thunderbird and i was trying to find out if it is possible to remove the 390ci engine without pulling the transmission out of the vehicle with the engine. it seems that alot of people say i can and some say i cant. can someone please help me?

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I can't see why it wouldn't be possible. I've done it on many vehicles, although I've found it simpler to pull the engine/trans and re-install it as a unit. I hate trying to line everything up to attach the converter/trans to the motor laying on my back.
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yeah ive replaced hundreds of engines but not on an old t-bird. every video i find online shows engine and trans together. and nothing about engine removal on the web
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If you do want to do that, you will need to support the transmission while the engine is out. I have chained it up, so it hangs level, making it easier when putting it back together
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ill use a floor jack and a board under the trans i just havnt seen anyone take an engine out of an old t bird before and it looks like a really tight fit. if it can be done without pulling the trans with it then i can do it. thanks guys
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I'm with tech on this one. I hate joining everything back up under the car. I've done it both ways (never done a thunderbird though) and always reckon its easier to pull the 'whole lot' out and then put the 'whole lot' back in.



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Check up around the top of the bellhousing to see that you can access the bolts. Long skinny fingers and a few bent/angled wrenches help sometimes...sometimes you can only turn the bolt head 1/8 of a turn with your fingertips.
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ill try thanks guys
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Shouldn't be much of a problem. Older cars like that tend to have more room to get to the bellhousing bolts, ect. Long extentions and wobble sockets come in handy. The top bolts are usually taken out topside. If clearence is too tight take motor mounts out and lower the engine slightly but check that you won't be smashing anything first.
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