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« on: September 24, 2017, 03:02:48 pm »

I bought a '67 Fairlane project that originally had a 289 and a three speed on the column.  The engine's long gone but the bell housing and three speed are still there.  I'm planning to put a '95 351 W and a four speed in the car.  Is there any chance the original 289 bell housing is compatible with the 351 and a four speed?  Any suggestions on what four speed I should be looking for?  You'll have to be very specific because this is my first Ford build and I know very little about these cars.
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2017, 09:02:30 pm »

The bellhousing pattern on the block is the same on every 289-302-351w made. The ONLY exception is the very rare 289 block that was 5 bolt bellhousing. If you have a 6 bolt bellhousing, your fine. If you have a 5 bolt bellhousing, find a guy looking to do a restoration and cash in.
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2017, 11:02:11 pm »

The bellhousing pattern on the block is the same on every 289-302-351w made. The ONLY exception is the very rare 289 block that was 5 bolt bellhousing. If you have a 6 bolt bellhousing, your fine. If you have a 5 bolt bellhousing, find a guy looking to do a restoration and cash in.

On a '67 you should be good.  The 5-bolt bell housings were only used on 221, 260, and the earliest 289 engines.  They transitioned to the 6-bolt during 1965.  A little trivia...  The 5-bolt bell housings not only used 5 bolts, but they were also small.  They used 3/8" bolts instead of the 7/16" used on the 6-bolts.

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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2017, 07:15:22 am »

Thanks guys,

Now that I don't need a new bell housing that's just money that can go somewhere else.
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