65' 289 C4 convert to 64 1/2 3spd Toploader?

Discussion in 'General Ranchero Help' started by AimlessMoto, Oct 14, 2020.

  1. AimlessMoto

    AimlessMoto In Overdrive

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    Came across a good 64.5 Mustang 3spd Toploader with a 289 bell housing for short money.

    Other than the flywheel, clutch pedal and linkage... how much work would it be to swap this into a 65' Chero with a C4 and bench seat?
     
  2. beerbelly

    beerbelly In Maximum Overdrive SILVER MEMBER

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    I don't believe that trans will work with a bench seat, as the shifter is too far back on the tailshaft. But 4 speed top loaders often have both forward and rear shifter mounts cast in.
     
  3. AimlessMoto

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    Thats a bummer. Its only $300.
     
  4. 1979 RANCHERO GT

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    64.5 and 65 bell housing bolt patterns are different. Somewhere in that time frame Ford changed them.
     
  5. pmrphil

    pmrphil In Maximum Overdrive GOLD MEMBER

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    Yup, early ones were 5 bolt bellhousing, later went to 6 bolt, common with all 302's and 351W
     

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