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Old 08-29-2009, 11:48 AM
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Tim that's what car guys / gals do and also why we have some of the most knowledgeable Ford people on any site. Glad you are onboard and look forward to your progress.
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Old 08-29-2009, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Tmac60 View Post
...Plans right now are for a 351W. At least that is the engine I have. I have a long way to go before I get to the drive train. I have a C6 transmission...
I don't know much about the C-6 (other than it's from 1966). I have a 351W with roller cam (and EFI). It came with a AOD. You can still pick them up real cheap. The AOD is a 3-speed automatic w/overdrive, giving it four forward gears. I took advantage of the overdrive by putting a 4.3:1 gear in the rear end. This sucker flies and is perfect for expressway commuting.

You can be more conservative by using a 3.7:1, and still get lots of low-end torque and great highway mileage. I really have enjoyed the AOD for over ten years.
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:56 PM
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The overdrive is definitely the way to go. I put a 5 speed in my '39 pick-up. Like I said, I have a while before I get to the drivetrain. I will keep my eyes open for an overdrive tranny. The Starliner has a 9", definitely not a stock one. I have not got into it far enough to know what gears it has.
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