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FE engine swap for y block

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by oj, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
    Posts: 6,247


    A buddy has a 61 starliner with a wornout 'y' block and automatic, he also has a 61 country squire with a 390 fe, will the fe bolt to the tranny behind the 'y' block in the starliner?
    Thanks oj
  2. shoprat
    Joined: Dec 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,109

    Member Emeritus
    from Orange, CA

    I would think it would. A FE will bolt to an earlier Ford o Matic ith the right convertor
  3. spiderdeville
    Joined: Jun 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,134

    from BOGOTA,NJ

    GOOD MOVE ..y blecchh is not all that
  4. Why blocks are great!!

  5. SquireDon
    Joined: Aug 8, 2010
    Posts: 600

    from Oregon

    Was the '61 Starliner even available with a Y block? I'm sure it's base motor was an FE Block.

    It should bolt right in, depending on what they had to modify to get a Yblock in there.
  6. A 292 y-block was available in '61.
  7. REM/Mo
    Joined: Feb 24, 2008
    Posts: 281

    from Missouri

    You will need an FE bellhousing to fit your fordamatic or cruiseomatic.
  8. Yutan Flash
    Joined: Aug 6, 2008
    Posts: 696

    Yutan Flash
    from Gretna, NE

    I'd HIGHLY recommend you trade or sell the Ford-O-Matic and go with the MX 3-speed Cruise-O behind that 390. C-O-M should be easy to find since they were used in a LOT of late '50s-mid-'60s Ford/Mercury applications with big-blocks, i.e. T-birds, Galaxies/Montereys, etc.
  9. An FE will NOT bolt to a Y Block trans. The bellhousings bolt patterns are completely different. However, a FE and Cruis-o-matic and/or C6 would be a very straight forward swap. Crites has most of the parts for the FE + C6 swap into that car.

    Yes, the 292 Y-Block was still available in '61. It was a W Code on fullsize Fords and Mercs.

    Good Luck
  10. Agreed the 292 trans wont hook up to a FE. While your at it why not change over to a stick. Thare is a big differece between the fun factor of a auto and a stick. You already have a 9 inch rear. Plus no more pouring tranny fluid into it. OldWolf

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