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lincoln 460ci. engine into a 1950 f1

I recently purchased a 1950 F1 pickup that already has a 289 and a C-4 in it... I am unable to get it started and I believe the engine will need rebuilt anyway. Oh and I believe it has the original rear end still... Even more recently I have stumbled upon a 1975 Lincoln continental with 42,000 original miles for a fair price... From the research I have done it Looks like the Lincoln should have a 460, a C-6, and a 9" rear end. Since the car has such low miles I would like to think it runs just fine... I haven't contacted the owner yet because I wanted to see if this is a good Idea at all. I would like to swap all of the gear that currently rests in my pickup for what the Lincoln has to offer... I am not a mechanic by any means, but it seems like if I adjust the timing to what it should be and put a better intake manifold and 4 brl carb on the 460 it should bring it right to life and all the lincoln running gear should save me money since it should be in all good condition. Plus I would have big block power and stronger parts all around... I would love some input on whether one thinks I should stick with the 289/c-4 or worth while to go the 460/c-6 route... This is my first project the truck did run three years ago when the guy I bought it from parked it...

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Several thoughts here....since you state you're not a mechanic then this could be a MAJOR deal for you. There's a lot more to it than just yanking out the small block and installing the 460 and related running gear. You really need experience, the proper tools.....engine hoist, jack stands, rolling floor jack and all the other stuff that goes with this type of venture.

The 460 is a notorious gas hog, I had a '74 T-Bird with a 460 and it got about 8 mpg....besides you haven't contacted the owner to see if it's even running. Got to be a reason it's been sitting for so long (other than gas mileage) could be blown? I would recommend re-doing the 289 and C-4, it's already there and you could build a pretty stout engine with the right parts and still get way better gas mileage....up to you.
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'75 linc 460 has 220 HP, you can swap the timing chain and set it straight up and cam with a basic RV cam, and it'll get another 50-75 HP, but the engine really won't wake up without diffrent heads, head porting or diffrent pistons to increase the compression ( which means rebuild ).The lincoln should have an Autolite 4300 4bbl . Lincoln C6 also has an extended tailshaft, as the engine is mounted pretty far forward of the firewall in them which was done for legroom.. The 460 can make power. Heads, cam and piston and you can get it over 400 HP easy. Offset grind the crank or buy a stroker crank and build a 501-545, which with the right heads is good for 600 HP and up.

My advice is to rebuild the 289, or have it rebuilt, or find a 302 and bolt it in. 300 hp is easy.
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Keep what you have...

These deals always look easy but without any experience you will have a tough job ahead. I have bought many projects from folks with good intentions but no experience.

Try to get the 289 running.... if it runs OK you're almost home. I've have purchased cars that have sat for many years and got them running just fine without major work.

You can swap the original F1 rear with a 9" from a '57 to '65 (?) F100... it's a total bolt in needing no changes... then find a lower numerical gear like a 3.25 or so and you'll have a good hwy cruiser.
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