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Old 02-17-2003, 06:43 PM
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The weather was beautiful it was in the lower 60's so I decided to undertake a motor swap. I bought a 1970 LTD the other day that had a 390 in it, to replace my 352 in my 1967 F250.Well I got the 352 pulled no problems, pulled the 390 from the Battlestar Glactica no problems, then came the problems. The FMX auto in my truck that needed to be mounted up to the 390 well it didn't go together to well before I leaked about 3 quarts of ATF all over the place right in front of my pickup, what a slippery mess. Then I could only get one motor mounts to go into the lower mount, the other refuses to go in. Then I almost pulled a Slanty and smacked my head on the exhaust pipe when I was under the truck trying to move the trans around to get the motor mount to drop into place. Well overall it wasn't a bad day I pulled 2 motors and put one 1/2 way back in my truck without any major pain or swearing. BTW I wish somebody would have told me before I undertook this project that you just dont muscle around 390's and FMX trannys like 289's or 302's with C4's. I just have to say again what a nice day it was!

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Old 02-17-2003, 07:31 PM
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are you sure that fmx will hold up to the 390? they usually put C6s behind them
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Old 02-17-2003, 07:36 PM
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The FMX is a sturdy trans the only problem with them is they were heavy and absorbed a lot of power compared to the C4. Most taxicabs came equipped with these tranny's and I have used them up to 400HP with no other mods than adjusting the modulator to firm up and raise the shifts, haven't blown one yet...even used ones seem plenty durable within reason. A trans cooler is mandatory equipment with high perf engines.

Sounds like you hooked the front converter seal, did you replace it?
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The old FMX isn't in too good of shape, it shift through 1-2-3 no problem but wont go into reverse when it is cold. I bought a C6 frome a boneyard last year but it need rebuilt. I guess when I have the bucks and when The FMX craps out I will replace it with the C6. BTW I don't know what the motor is it originally came out of a 1967 Mercury Station wagon, it could be a 390 or a 410 and maybe a 428, the block casting number is C6ME which doesn't means a whole lot.

It was a nice day to work on my busted *** pickup, but I sure do feel now, those 390 weight a ton, you can't muscle them bad boys around like a 289. I hope tommorrow is a good day too!
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Old 02-18-2003, 06:47 AM
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An aluminum intake will shave almost 100 pds of that big boy.
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Old 02-18-2003, 07:20 AM
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I guess the motor had a four barrel on it but, they put a 2 barrel intake and carb on it when it was rebuilt. I think I will eventually put a aluminum 4 barrel intake some nice cast valve covers, headers and dual exhaust. I am not going to get to carried away with my pickup its just a old work truck. I can't people saying there goes that fast piece of junk on wheels,lol.

BTW I might have dammaged the tranny seal when I mated it to the engine, but it think all that fluid came out of the converter.
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Old 02-18-2003, 07:51 AM
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No swearing? No major pain? what's up with that? Dan
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Old 02-18-2003, 12:53 PM
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No joke Dan. i would have been half in the wrappah before the job was even half done. <img src="graemlins/mwink.gif" border="0" alt="[mwink]" />
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Well,that doesn't sounds like a bad job at all.I know what you mean about those fast trucks on wheels lol.A while back my dad wanted the biggest engine that I could stick in his '68 Ford.I stuck a 455 out of a '73 Buick LeSabre that was just sitting arond the house in it.It ran good,the only thing was it the same problem that you're having with your C6.It stalled on going into Reverse in cold weather.

Those 455 engines are good ones though.It lasted until he sold that truck and then one day I saw it being towed through town and I followed the wrecker to the pick n' pull.Looked under the hood and the kid that bought it was racing it and tore the motor mounts loose and broke the 2 chains that I installed with it to keep it from breaking the bolts lol when you punched it.The wrecker driver just laughed about it lol.It's still funny to me.Put a 455 into a '68 Ford F100 and you'll see the need for those 2 chains when you put your foot half way down!

It took alot of tweaking to get that thing in there lol.I might try it again someday !

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I finally got the engine to sit down on both motor motor mounts. The exhaust manifolds were binding on the exhaust pipe. They looked the same as the 352 truck manifolds but their was just enough differences that the 390 car manifolds wouldn't work. I pretty much have about everthing hooked up, I just need to put the front clip back on the truck and to buy a external trans cooler for it and its ready to roll.

That 455 Buick in the 68 Ford reminds me of a guy who put a Olds 455 in his mid 70's Chevy Farm truck. It looked like crap but when he put his foot into it, everbodys jaw would hit the ground, that thing would just get up and go like hell. <img src="graemlins/evil.gif" border="0" alt="[evil]" />
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This deal that I did actually looked pretty decent to me.Dad didn't need a radio or anything like that.Just lights,speedo,temp,and oil pressure.That ***** would run though.I wanted to take it to the strip everytime that I looked at it but I knew that I would rip the engine out and plus probably break the cab mounts seeing that the passenger side was already rotted out.Oh well,that beauty is resting now.I was thinking of going back and getting the engine .

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Hey Man...What Would You Take For That LTD!?! (No Joke)

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Old 02-19-2003, 08:18 PM
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I would take $600 for the old Battlestar Glactica.
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How about $500 and you sit the 352 back down in it?How bad is the body?Is the transmission good?How are the floorboards?Can I get some pics?I'll have to get it delivered.You're too far away .

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