460 swap

Discussion in 'General Ranchero Help' started by Jesus R., Nov 11, 2017.

  1. Jesus R.

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    Whats up fam, hope everybody has been well. I found a 460 on craigs and it looks good, all there. Its 1000 bucks painted, complete, but who knows if it runs. Is the price right? Im planning on swapping it for my 351M 400 cid. I do not mind a rebuild, looking forward to this
     
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    Can you post the Craigslist link? A thousand may be the right price, or it may be horribly overpriced.
     
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    I am trying to look for it and i think it may have sold already :/.... What price range can a 460 got for in good shape? In bad shape?
     
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    Any where from about $500 for a unknown rebuildable core to $4,000 and up for a quality rebuilt engine. The "UP" part depends on how exotic or expensive the internal components were. Getting rarer these days but it is still possible to find good running 429 / 460 engines in derelect big 70's cars if you search back yards and storage lots. Most guys I know suffer from "Tennis Neck", that is where you constantly scan both sides of every street you drive down in the hope you will spot something worth dragging home. It still happens, just not as often thanks to the crushers.
     
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    I've seen my share of 'wash and paint' rebuilds for sale.
    If you can't do at minimum a compression test and cranking oil pressure test I wouldn't pay more than core price for it. Even then there is risk involved. A bad cam install can result in a spun cam bearing, and a line bore is not cheap.
     
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    Find a junk car (like a wrecked one) with a 460, and buy the whole car. There are plenty on craigslist in the $500 range. Check the engine out, and there you go. (80s Econolines are cheap even in good condition)
     
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    Hell, even '70s Econoline vans had a possibility for a 460 with a matching C6 trans. If you have an FMX behind a 351M or 400, it will not last behind a 460 without a full rebuild and modifications to its cooling system. So look for that car or van, use the '72-'73 385-series engine mounts, and go from there.
     
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    Looks like a 351/ 400 M. Notice that raised chunk of iron above the timing chain area and the location of the thermostat neck ? Not a 460.
     
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    Thank you all, yes my transmission is a C6. Will Defenetly be looking into the ecolines
     
  11. FordR500GT

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    I have an 87 econoline with a 460. If you can pick it up, it yours for 300
     
  12. 1965 Ranchero 66G

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    Isn't that the lower compression smog motor.
     
  13. FordR500GT

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    engine came from a 74 F100
     
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    Could be wrong but I thought that they went south after 72.
     
  15. Hillbilly

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    Enter the new taller deck blocks around the end of August 1971. The heads got a larger combustion chamber also. Ford in their infinite wisdom retarded cam timing in hopes of retaining a hint of the low end torque owner's expected. With the so called oil embargo of 1973, we got the lovely dish top pistons further reducing compression ratios along with exhaust gas recirculation Rube Goldberg snake nests of vacume lines. Make them run rich as all get-out then choke them with egr systems so they wouldn't just die at stop lights. 1974 brought catalectic converters to help burn off the excess fuel needed to prevent stalling out. Quite the ridiculous solution.
     
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    So... I'll take that as a yes.
     
  17. FordR500GT

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    yep, me too
     
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    Of course it could be a late '73, but it would still be considered a '74 model. The amount of "mulch" at the base of the windshield means it has been sitting A WHILE, not knowing the exact depth of said mulch makes that time hard to determine :p.
     
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    Still not bad looking for 1500
     

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