1965 Lincoln 430 MEL To 1965 F-250

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1965 Lincoln 430 MEL To 1965 F-250

Post by Chris430 » Sat 3. Aug 2019, 09:11

Finally starting to piece this thing together a little at a time. Cranked and ran the 430 about 2 minutes at a time. No signs of it hammering the best I could hear over the open exhaust.
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Swapped in the 63/64 Galaxie FE engine mounts and broke the Cruise-O-Matic loose.
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I have a 66 F-100 chassis that I am using for mock up. The 65 F-100 and F-250 2 wheel drives shared the same frame. As far as I know so does the 66, at least all the important areas are the same as the 65.
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One snag is the starter location. The 61-68 430/462 MEL dropped the starter 2" to clear the new chassis. I can make a bracket to catch the Lincoln and FE bell housing bolts and mount a Chevrolet starter in or cut up a couple of donor bell housings and place the Ford/Lincoln 3 bolt starter in the right place. At one time I had a 65 430 mated to this FT bell housing. There was room with the FT bell and flywheel, should be the same with the pickyp parts. In any case the block/bell spacer plate will need to be modified. The FE pick-up flywheel is larger in diameter than the 61-68 MEL. The FT is even bigger. Since the two left side, two top and both Lincoln dowls are the same as the FE the stress on the new starter pocket will be minimal. Pictured are an FT bell housing and the parts donor cast iron automatic bell from a 59 MEL. They will be the fabricated pieces if I go that route.
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Re: 1965 Lincoln 430 MEL To 1965 F-250

Post by Chris430 » Tue 6. Aug 2019, 04:54

Dropped the Lincoln 430 in place of the Ford 352 FE. At this point it is a bolt up using factory parts. The 63/64 engine mounts made the MEL look like a factory install. The mounts were RockAuto clearance items. I had to set the mount to the engine with the passenger engine perch loose after the engine was in place. If I had gotten a little better quality engine mount it probably would have been a smoother bolt up. Nothing a little die grinding can't work out.
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If I use the Lincoln exhaust manifolds the passenger side pipe is going to need a dog leg to clear the frame. The driver side exhaust manifold dumps in the right place.
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Oil pan clears the cross member. Even dumps oil on the cross member like the FE did.
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