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Old 06-25-2012, 08:54 PM
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has anyone ever took the original engine out and replaced it with another one ,, I have a 1977 ford granada that Im going to take the master cyl and rotors and disc brakes and put on my 1959 thinderbird,, I know they will fit with a little machining for the lower ball joint ,, but it also has a perfect running 302 engine ,, how hard would that be to take my 390 out and swap it with the 302 and tranny ?????
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:12 PM
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I think you will be disappointed in the loss of performance, but it is do-able.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:59 PM
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You will lose a lot of torque. The 302 was designed for a much lighter car.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:31 PM
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And the 1977 model engine had really low performance as far as 302's go. I think it's rated at like 135 hp. I'd look for another 390 if you need another engine.
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:20 AM
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its a good running 390 engine ,, everyone told me to drop a 302 in it and never have to worry about it ..maybe ill just keep the 390 in it ..I have several good running 352 engines..I just thought while I was ruining a perfect good 1977 granada by taking the front brakeing system off and putting on my tbird Id just go ahead and use the engine as well..you know get all I can get from the granada if i was going to destroy it lol.. I just cant get going on it cause it is a very drivable granada with a super nice body ..but its bound to happen..
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:29 AM
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I just cant get going on it cause it is a very drivable granada with a super nice body ..but its bound to happen...
Think of it this way, that period GRANADA was one ugly piece of automobile...

You could successfully power an early BIRD with a 302 but not the one from that car. It is a mechanical smog engine and seriously underpowered. Maybe keep it and later bring it to 5.0L specs with fuel injection and it would make a better candidate (351W would be even better).

If you do decide to swap, please consider keeping all of the original drive train as it will be more valuable @ resell in the future.
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A 460 and a C6 will fit.
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I'm considering the 460 C6 combo for my 59. Any advice? Where would you put it on a 1-10 difficulty scale?
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I'm considering the 460 C6 combo for my 59. Any advice? Where would you put it on a 1-10 difficulty scale?
I'm running a C6 and it fit right in. The only thing I would say to watch out for was when the 428CJ went in the headers hit the walls and needed to be modified.
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