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Old 05-04-2006, 05:40 PM   #11
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61 busette motor

that is either a 292 ford or a 312 motor. i am pretty sure its a 292. all you got to do is figure out what ford trucks of that year were running.
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That would make it a Y-block

The reason I ask is because I know 1958 was the last year of the Y-blocks in Ford cars, but I honestly have no idea for the trucks, especially the later model one. Automakers always seem slow to change over their heavier duty vehicles. Point and case would be AM General (General Motors) still running the 6.5 liter diesel in the H1's (with the duramax as an option) or the availability of the 350 in medium duty trucks well past the 1999 introduction of the LS-1 derived 4.8, 5.3, and 6.0 small blocks in the lighter trucks
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Old 05-04-2006, 08:25 PM   #13
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my dad had a 61 or a 63 ( i dont remember) ford truck that had one of those uni body pick-ups and it had a motor just like that little ford/ wayne busette. looks like good material for a 427 ford side oiler or one of the other big motor beasts ford made.
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Old 05-04-2006, 09:08 PM   #14
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Yeah, i looked it up on the canadian tire computers at my part time job and i looked under F350. It says it has 2 smaller sixes or an optional 351ohv. i looked under the hood and it had the V8 in it. next i looked under the hood at the carburetor. it has a holley 2bbl. there were 3 carbs that came out for the f350 that yr. 1bbl, 2bbl, and optional 2bbl holley. This is the biggest engine for an F350 with the optional carburetor. it has a 4 spd manual tranny but i don't know what kind of back end. the leaf springs in the back are 10 leafs thick and it has 4 wheels on the back axel. the tires in the back are 7.00-17 class D and the fronts are 7.00-16 class C. if anyone you know can sell me a set of these tires or compatible, let me know
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*352ohv V8
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So we've gone from a Y-block to a Winsor and back to the FE motor I thought it looked FE-like originally...

From Wiki:


The FE and FT engines are Y-block designs—so-called because the cylinder block casting extends below the crankshaft center line, giving great strength at the cost of weight. In these engines, the casting extends 35⁄8 in (92 mm) below the crankshaft center, which is more than an inch below the bottom of the crank journals.

All FE and FT engines have a bore spacing (distance between cylinder centers) of 4.63 in (118 mm), and a deck height (distance from crank center to top of block) of 10.17 in (258 mm). The main journal (crankshaft bearing) diameter is 2.749 in (69.8 mm).


Introduced in 1958, the Ford 352 (of 351.9 in³ or 5.77 L displacement) was the replacement for the Y-block series. It was simply a stroked (to 3.5 in or 88.9 mm) version of the 332. Rated from 208 hp (155 kW) (2-barrel carb) to over 300 hp (224 kW) (4-barrel police interceptor models). This series of engines were all known for excellent torque and durability. These engines usually weighed over 750 lb (340 kg). Bore of this version was 4 in (102 mm), with a 3.5 in (89 mm) stroke.

Applications:

1958 Ford Police Interceptor (375 HP)
1959-1960 Ford Thunderbird
1959-1966 Ford cars (optional)
1959-1960 Edsel
1961-1962 Mercury cars
1958-1960 Ford Courier
1965-1967 Ford F-Series
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Old 06-10-2006, 11:26 PM   #17
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k: new news: i have been working on the engine and i have learned that the bus is a 1964 with a 292 yblock truck block. i have replaced the water pump, plugs, points, condenser, cap, rotor and it still doesn't run. it could but it is going to take $$$. the engine now only has 26000 miles because it was rebuilt and the block was replaced. i now have the block and the 4 spd tranny for sale including everything. name your price. my boss is giving me a new 1995 4.3L v8 out of a caprice with an automatic transmission and im going to buy a wiring harness. i have a friend who has also found me some radials and chrome bus rims so im getting them. this is my giant update on the project because i haven't touched the site in a while.
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vortec 4.3 and a 4L60E That should be a good, reliable, efficient combination in that vehicle. I would recommend making sure your rear end ratio is kosher with the 4L60E though because the version found behind the 4.3 is adequate in everyway....that is until you do something it wasn't designed for. Glad to hear an update and congrats!
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Old 06-12-2006, 11:42 AM   #19
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today i talked to my friends, the engine rebuilders and they suggested that i keep that engine and get it rebuilt at the most because the grooves in the back of the transmission will not line up. i may buy a painless wiring harness and a new coil and valve cover gaskets. the engine is the same as ones used in thunderbirds. if you know anyone with parts, let me know.
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Old 10-30-2006, 03:18 PM   #20
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so we have now decided to keep the original 292 y block in the bus but we are rebuilding it. our goal is to have the bus done for march29th so we can make it to a meet in guelph, ontario. the bus has some kind of clutch in it and it has a t98 transmission. im also rebuilding them when i take the engine out. we are now doing the body work to it and the bus is completely stripped down to the metal. the bus is now up on cynder blocks because we have the wheels off. the wheels are 16" and 17" lock ring wheels with tubed tires but the wheels are too rusty so we are getting custom made wheels from california. the rear axle and brakes and the front is all getting rebuilt. the brakes are coming from Carlson Brakes and they are single servo single piston brakes. we will probably finish the body work before the snow and have the engine, tranny, and clutch out and in the garage for a rebuild.
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