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Old 02-20-2013, 03:40 AM
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is it possible?

is it possible to swap a 1970 ford 429 engine into a 1980 trans am?

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Anything is possible with enough $$$$$$.....You will need a rear sump pan
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You can do anything you want when it comes to engine swaps, it is up to your imagination. Is it the right thing to do or is it a temporary brain fart that makes one do it is another story.

If it's because you have the motor for free and you want a bunch of power in your 305 equipped TransAm, than it probably isn't the best way to go. There are quick ways to get a LOT more power out of a small block Chevy that will bolt right into your T/A that will cost less money than all the stuff you will have to do to fit that Ford in there.

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Any motor can be swapped into any car if you have lots of money and expertise. I agree with Brian and going with a GM small block. It will swap right in and with all the aftermarket parts available, you can make lots of power .
If you just want to be different and piss off all the Pontiac guys, then you better have very deep pockets. Just buying a shotgun Ford motor will be pricey let alone getting it mounted in a GM chassis.
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you don't need much money at all- what you do need is excellent fabrication skills. Raw steel stock, bolts, and welding supplies are not that expensive.
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you don't need much money at all- what you do need is excellent fabrication skills. Raw steel stock, bolts, and welding supplies are not that expensive.
This is very true, but is it the best thing to do is still a question we must ask ourselves before starting such a project.

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Anything is possible... But putting a ford into a trans am !!!!!

I wouldn't use a ford.. Too many chevy motor's out there with WAY more HP then a 429 has..I wouldn't waste my time putting in a 429,, That's just me..I'm a chevy guy..
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ls v-8 in a mazda miata,,GM v-6 in a lotus elan,,mouse in a 914,,countless gm v-8s in model As&Ts,, and countless other sbc swaps or similar
someone mentions a fords into something none ford and everyone says its not a good idea,,,why?
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If the guy has a dream, let him build it. Look at all the non GM street rods out there. Majority have a small block chevy in them. So, can you put it in... well if I can put a blown hemi in a little 33 Willys, it should be no problem to put a ford motor in that pontiac. You see many fords with chevy motors - right?
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Credit for NOT using a boooooring SBC, but personally I'd use a 455 Pontiac. The problem is that most questions like this are from someone with a random engine and a car that needs one, which doesn't mean that it's a good idea or that any thought has been put into it. If you really want to do this swap, go for it.
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I say if it's what you want,, Go for it.... I was only pulling his chain a little...
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Agreed with most of the "above" (except, of course, the idea of using a small block. Old rule in hotrodding: NEVER send a boy to do a MAN'S job!"). It's true, building a Pontiac is a little more money (less than BBC), but you can't build a small block for pump gas that will rival a 455 without spending MEGA-bucks.

Why a 429? Because you "have one", right? GREAT engine. The weight is a little more than the Pontiac, a LOT more than the 403 Olds. Good mid-range and high-end is 429's "forte". The rear-sump pan is the only way it can "fit". Fabricating mounts isn't too bad. Headers and transmission present a whole other set of issues.

If you're doing this because you believe the Pontiac to be "inferior", you need to do a LOT more research. When properly built, the Pontiac is among the very BEST "street" engines, and can propel heavy cars to seriously quick 1/4 mile times. And don't fall for the "parts are hard to find" line. They're available everywhere Chevy parts are (or pretty much). Some of the "high end" race stuff isn't found in Jeg's or Summit... But it's "out there!".

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whats the old adage.................with a big enough hammer ,you can put any motor in any car
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Also remember this, once you install that 429 in your Trans Am......it will be your car forever.
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well thanks guys i jw cause right now my t/a has a 68 350 olds in it i figured if later down the road i get bored with it i might try to stick my 70 429 in it
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