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Technical TH350 in 40 Ford

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Smart62, Feb 23, 2021.

  1. Smart62
    Joined: Jul 18, 2012
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    from UK Sussex

    Hi would greatly appreciate some input on installing the TH350 in my 40 Ford Coupe. Fitted a TCI split wishbone kit and bolted in the trans ok. But trans pan hits the rails. Is it safe to cut them away a bit? Should the pan miss the rails and I have it set up wrong? Or would a spacer below the trans mount sort it? What did you guys do? Cheers Smart
     
  2. 40Standard
    Joined: Jul 30, 2005
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    from Indy

    can you use a shim or two?
     
  3. Weedburner 40
    Joined: Jan 26, 2006
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    You can trim the lower flange on the X-member or shim the trans up. You may need to trim the flange anyway to facilitate pan removal.
     
  4. X2 what Weedburner40 said.
     

  5. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
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    1. 1940 Ford

    X3 What Weedburner suggests. Had to do this on a 37 Ford I had for pan removal and never a problem afterwards.
     
  6. Smart62
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    from UK Sussex

    Thanks for your help guys. Good to know I'll be doing it right.
     
  7. Some more hype that those shivrolas fit like a glove. Just cut grind or bash it with a BFH to make it fit.
     
  8. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
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    Show us your Ford in a 40 Ford photos. Or are you another of those Ford in a Ford guys who has never put a Ford in a Ford. Seems we here the talk but never see the photos.
     
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  9. I notched the X member just enough to clear the pan, that's normal. HRP
     


  10. All of my Fords have Ford engines in them. My '51 Shoebox has a Flat Head V8. My '55 T-Bird has a 302. My Wife's '62 Falcon has a 200 Straight Six. My '34 Three Window has a 351 Cleveland. My '64 F250 4X4 has a 460. My '35 4X4 Pick up has a Flat Head V8. My '29 Briggs 4 Door has the original Banger. I did have a OT '66 Impala with a ford 390 back in the '70's that ended up tearing the rear end loose from the car. That engine came from a 'OT66 Fairlane that met a tree sideways. Well, I do not currently own any '40 Fords but if I did it would be Ford powered. I have other Fords that are Ford powered that are OT for this site so there is your answer. Every shivrola in a Ford installer says "How easy they just slide in, like they were made for em ,wire em up, fire em up." While the truth is butchery and destruction of the original vehicle suffers. Admit it they are not just a "Drop in". Too many installers have let the cat out of the bag. So, there ya go.
     
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  11. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
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    I always trim mine to clear the pan. You don’t have to, but it makes your life easier in the future.
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2021
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  12. I notched the lower frame rail in the X-member for easy pan removal and then I added a removable piece of flat stock to the rail to maintain integrity. I don't know if that was necessary but I figured it couldn't hurt.
     
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  13. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
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    I’m not trying to argue, but bare with me. My 36 Ford PU had a 265 in it with a Hurst mount up front. The truck was set up with a Muncie 4 speed before I got it. Anyways, I wanted the Ford in a Ford thing, and in order to sit the 302 in it, I had to cut out the firewall, now at the time I didn’t know about other solutions, but as it was the Ford in a Ford was still hacking up the truck.
    I never liked it like that. So pulled the 302 and am glad I saved the piece I cut out, but even if it would have fit, the C4 I had would still take the same bite out of the x-member.
    The SBC drops right it is in fact true, but even if a another engine would, any “modern” tranny would require some work to fit.
     
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  14. 40Standard
    Joined: Jul 30, 2005
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    I used 2 shims on the trans mount
     
  15. crying face.gif Good!
     
  16. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
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    You the only one shedding tears;)

    Is it okay if I put a 318 in my '36? Ooops, sorry

    What gets me is the car and your butt won't know what's moving it down the road.

    Heck, I'm fine with seeing a FHV8 in a Vette, car is moving, right?
     
  17. Those are YOUR tears man.
     
  18. Budget36
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