Adding an automatic overdrive to an old Ford with a 460 ??
I am now putting the finishing touches on my 1951 Ford truck pickup with 8 foot bed that has been mounted onto a 1984 E-350 dually chassis. This is a fantastic combination with the 460 and C6, but I would like to have an automatic that has a torque converter lockup and OD. This truck does not have the modern electronics so I want to choose an AOD rather than an E4OD. Yes, I know that the bellhousing won't fit, but I'm still interested in making the conversion.
On the other hand, can an E4OD from a late electronics controlled 460 be installed with some kind of interface box?
Over at the Ford Truck Enthusiast web site there is a tech article about putting an AOD in a late 70's Bronco behind a 400 (that has the same bolt pattern as a 460). That project cost the article's writer about $3500 (using all Art Carr supplied modifications). Money is an object for me, however, so I'm not going to spend that kind of money.
Are there adapter plates and reasonable cost rebuilt upgraded AOD's or kits to upgrade them to take the torque of the 460?
I know that the adapter plate is 3/8" thick with the 460 pattern for the engine and the small block pattern for the AOD. I have a Bridgeport milling machine in my shop and probably could make a plate if I could determine the bolt pattern.
I built this 1951 Ford truck to pull my antique dozer on a 24' gooseneck trailer to the shows, but pulling a heavy load with a C6 through a torque converter is not only going to waste a lot of fuel, but will generate a lot of heat. Not only that, but the 460 has enough low-end brute torque to pull the rig in OD.
I've considered adding a Gear Vendors OD unit behind the C6, but this still doesn't eliminate the slippage through the torque converter.
I've driven Ford F250 trucks equipped with automatic overdrive and torque converter lockup for about 20 years and really like the direct hookup from the engine to the rear wheels through a locked converter. I don't want to go to a manual transmission to accomplish that direct link.
Any suggestions or can anyone point me to some sources?
Luv my \'64 Galaxie 390/4 speed &
1951 Ford truck with 460/C6