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Old 04-04-2010, 08:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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302 to 429/ 460 Swap

I'm guessing I can find details about the process somewhere on the net but can anyone point me in the right direction?

Where can I, or where do you guys, find good 429s / 460s?

What parts or kits do I need to find?

I think I have a C4/100 tranny in my Ranchero (1972 with manual "3 on the Tree," 302 2V). How can I tell?

While I'm looking for the right engine, what intake / 4bbl would you guys recommend running on my 302?

Thanks!
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Old 04-04-2010, 12:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 302 to 429/ 460 Swap

If you have a c4 transmission,you have an automatic transmission, not a manual. Do you has a clutch pedal?

On a '72 it is not likely you have a manual transmission with a 302 unless it was done after market.

as for a 429/460 engine swap from a 302 you will need a complete 429/460 engine including all the accessories such as ps,pulies, fan, shroud,and Radiator. 429/460 motor mounts, Front springs designed for 429/460, possibly larger front brakes, A big block transmission, relocating the transmission crossmmber for a bigblock transmission, and posable drive shaft change.

C4 and FMX automatic transmissions have interchangeable bell housings for small blocks abd big blocks while if is a c6 transmission is all one piece body that does not have interchangeable bell housing and you would ned to swap out the entire transmission,

There are lots of threads on this subject on this site as well as others.

An easy engine swap would be to a 351C or 351W very few additional parts for this swap. a 351M/400 would require most the same changes as a 429/460 swap would require.
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Re: 302 to 429/ 460 Swap

Thanks!!! I have a manual (3spd on column) -- guessing one of the three POs changed it?

Did these cars come with 3spd on column like mine?

Thanks for the info on the swap too!
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Re: 302 to 429/ 460 Swap

Tell us the engine code (5th letter in the vin) that will be a dead ringer for what she's got.
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Old 04-10-2010, 05:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 302 to 429/ 460 Swap

Looks like it's an "F"

All the other info on the truck is in the thread "can anyone decode." Everything matches on the door sticker.
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