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Technical Who Still Makes Engine/Transmission Adapters?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by lake_harley, May 20, 2019.

  1. lake_harley
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    In considering all kinds of options for the '48 Ford I bought recently, I've been looking for engine transmission adapters. I did find a SBC adapter to mate it to the stock '48 transmission, but years ago it seemed there were many other options. In fact, many years ago I had a '40 Ford with a 389 Pontiac mated to a top shift early Ford transmission. Has supply and demand just dried up options for such adapters?

    Lynn
     
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  2. tubman
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    Bendtsen's in Ham Lake, MN makes a bunch of adapters, and I think Wilcap in California still has a bunch (their prices are eye-opening though). If I were you, I'd advertise for what I needed on here (and possibly "The Ford Barn"), and you should be able to find a used one. Also, put a couple of "Saved Searches" on eBay. It may take a while, though. Over the last three years, I have managed to acquire an adapter to put an Olds Rocket against a '49-'64 Ford transmission (including the starter "switchover"), as well as one to put an early Hemi against the same transmission, and another to mate a SBC to the same transmission. If you're patient, you should be able to find what you want.

    I do have a spare adapter to mate an Olds Rocket to a '32-'48 Ford transmission, if that's any help.
     
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  3. Benson or something like that I see referenced a lot
     
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  5. Super/Stock Poncho
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    Bendtsen and Wilcap
     
  6. jimmy six
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    Please tell me you really don't know how to use Google.... Look under Engine/Transmission Adapters..
     
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  8. el Scotto
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    They pop up on eBay too, if you’re patient
     
  9. lake_harley
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    My searches turned up all that were mentioned above, and then some. It appears though, that Wilcap is possibly the only supplier that offers the type adapter I'm interested in, and I found them too. Just thought that maybe another company was out there that didn't come up in the various searches I did. Lots of options to put automatics and T-5s behind almost anything, but that's not what I'd want an adapter for.

    Your suggestion, tubman, is probably a good way to go. I'm pretty patient but I don't want to wait and wait for something of interest to come up on e-bay, so that might help decide the direction my'48 takes. Right now I am just looking at and probably narrowing down options.

    Thanks to all.

    Lynn
     
  10. tubman
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    You do know what a "Saved Search" on eBay is, don't you? It's a very handy option.
     
  11. lake_harley
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    Yes, I've used that feature in the past. Thanks.

    Lynn
     
  12. Casey Riley
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    Bendtsons is just a few miles's from my house. World famous. Expensive too. But nobody said this was a cheap hobby...
     
  13. Hnstray
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    Quality goods, and their’s are, usually cost a bit more......and the quality is the reason.
     
  14. 61 Sunliner
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    Many many years ago I bought an adapter to put a Ford FE in my 52 ford truck. Got it from good old JC Whitney for about 35.00. Wasn't the smartest thing to adapt an FE to a granny gear no syncromesh 4 speed but it worked.
     

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