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Old 05-15-2005, 08:36 PM
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Help Picking Tranny

I am restoring a 1970 Ford Torino GT and i have a 1980 302 engine going in it but i don't know what transmissions will fit my application can anyone help me? Any help will be appreciated greatly.

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Wrong forum, try "transmission/rearend" forum, a mod can probably move it for you.

Do you wanna go auto or manual?



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I will move it......a 70 Torino came with 302s, so if it did, it should bolt right up.
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2 easy choices

There are many choices, however the easiest would be either a 4-spd Toploader manual or a C4 automatic. They will bolt right in.

A C6 would work too, or an AOD, but they would require significant other modifications.

You should be able to get a C4 for quite cheap. They are fairly strong if built correctly, a stock well built one with a shift kit should hold 300 hp.

Toploaders are rather expensive though, although absolutely bulletproof and excellent shifting. I have a small-block wide ratio one for sale if you are interested...... for a reasonable price.

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Is there like a chart on a website or somethign that i can refer to.
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Nice super fastback.But I would give it another half inch stroke.Go with a 351 on a car that size.Besides isn't it the first year for the thinner- weaker- differently balanced crankshaft?
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Why do you call it a superfastback?

I am 15 and its my first car and my dad is paying for everything if i resore the car. therfore i have respect for it and understand it and can fix it. But dont have to pay for it. Just work and the 302 is coming out of his old van and its just avalible its free so i cant argue. I have a 460 lined up for a few years down the road.
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Ok! If the 302 is a freebie go for it.The 460 down the road is also a super engine.I call it a super fastback because it is awesome.I can not understand why so many people do Mustangs when these Torinos and Montegos are around and usually cheaper.By the way if it is not going to be a hot engine consider the T5 trannies.They are cheaper then the Top Loaders.What tranny is in the van?
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The van has a manual transmission in it. My dad says that for my first car i have enough distractions. I dont need to be shifting. Which makes sense to me so i dont question it.

And yeah man i love my torino. Just makes me mad when people go "hey man you got a gran toirno. Are you starsky or hutch."
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Ha! It could be worse.If you had a Mustang they would be calling you Eleanor!
Now with the technical,I believe 1980 was the transition year for ligthter crankshaft on 302s.Thus the flywheel and/or flexplate must match this new balancing.Pay attention to it and research.Was the Torino originaly automatic?
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I think my torino origionally had a 351 with a c-6 but am not sure i can check vin but ill have to wait a while to get it.

But even if it is the diffrent crankshaft the bolt pattern and hookup should be the same right?

I figure we will just go to a tranny shop and ask them and if they give us the wrong one we will bring it back.
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