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Ford Small Block Bell Housing Choices

Is there a site or can someone give me a breakdown of the different Ford Bell Housing / Transmission Combo's for a small block.

I am going to put a 351W (Early 70's thru Mid 80's). Are the Bell Housing Configurations Identical for the 302's, 5.0's, 6.8L, 4.6's? If not which Bells will swap?

Are all the tranny bolt patterns and depths the same?

I have read that I want to stay away from a T5, not strong enough. What other options exists for Trannies? I thought I saw prices for Used T56 around $1500+, Sounds like I should consider still using a muncie.

I am completly aware I will need a matching Clutch/pressure plate for the Tranny selection.

Any help is appreciated

Clark

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Lakewood make adapter bellhousings for a bunch of different applications. My good friend runs a t5-z behind his 351W in his 86 Capri RS. His best ET is 12.4 he runs 8.5" slicks at the strip and has had no problems (yet).
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Thanks for the Lakewood Link.

Simpler Questions is a 70-86 302/351W Bellhousing the same bolt pattern and depth (Block to Tranny mount as a 4.6L or a 86 or newer 5.0L.

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The bellhousing to engine bolt pattern will be the same for the windsor engines (both 302 and 351W). But as I understand it, the early bellhousings have a different transission bolt pattern than the later models. I cant give you a cut off date, other than I think it was around the mid 80's sometime. Personally, I wouldnt hesitate to use a T-5 trans, unless you intend to run very high hp and beat the daylights out of it.
As far as bellhousing depth, I cant answer for sure, but judging by clutch applications, I would guess that if there were different depths, they might coincide with the different trans patterns. I can give you the depth of a "C5TA" bellhousing, which would have been 65-up truck application. Let me know if you would like.
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