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Old 12-13-2003, 04:07 PM
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Ford "Y" Block and a later C4 or C6 Transmission

I'm looking at a '57 Ranchero to buy with a 312 v8 and a standard 3-speed with overdrive to become my daily driver.

My last '57 and daily driver had the same setup. However, once a year or less the clutch disc would disintegrate. I could only find rebuilt discs. I was told no new 1" spline discs were being made and the existing cores have been rebuilt so many times to expect this problem. I'm off the subject so...

I'm curious about putting a C4 or C6 behind the 312. Has anyone done this?

OR, should I keep looking for a Ranchero to build or find one that already has a small block and C4 in it?

Thanks in advance, r

(I love those old Y-blocks, just don't want to keep pulling the clutch and tranny)

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Wilcap makes a adapter.....
Y block to later small block Ford automatic......

http://www.wilcap.com/webdoc8.htm

Wilcap stuff is a little expensive but is very nice. I have their adapter to mate a SBC to the old 32-48 Ford transmission.......been working since 1957 .....





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Thx for the input. Thats a site I'm filing in my project file.

Looks like $695 for a Y-block to a C4. You are right a little pricey plus the cost of the C4 and have it gone thru will probably put pass on this car.

Thx again, r
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312 Od trans.

the 312 can breath better than a 302 and most of the transmissions was the T85 Od, the same basics parts BW used to make the first corvett 4 speeds, parts can be interchanged to use different input shafts,,, Lincolns used and 1 3/8 input similar to the cobra, sudebaker used the tran, also Gm used the T 85 in some pickups It is probably impossible to find the parts to do it later truck wide trans bolt pattern bell housings should fit then you could use later trans to match
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I'm looking at a '57 Ranchero to buy with a 312 v8 and a standard 3-speed with overdrive to become my daily driver.

My last '57 and daily driver had the same setup. However, once a year or less the clutch disc would disintegrate. I could only find rebuilt discs. I was told no new 1" spline discs were being made and the existing cores have been rebuilt so many times to expect this problem. I'm off the subject so...

I'm curious about putting a C4 or C6 behind the 312. Has anyone done this?

OR, should I keep looking for a Ranchero to build or find one that already has a small block and C4 in it?

Thanks in advance, r

(I love those old Y-blocks, just don't want to keep pulling the clutch and tranny)
I would talk to some of the performance clutch companies and avoid the parts store people.

You could also change the nose shaft to use a larger spline disc.
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since the last post from RAW on this thread was in 2003 , I think he may have decided on a direction to go with
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certanly no one else needs this information...LOL
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