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7.3 conversion question......

What's up guys? It's been quite a while since I've been on here, but I need your help.

I have a 1995 F150 SuperCab 2wd shortbed that I'm looking to do an engine swap in. I recently aquired a Tremec transmission from an '05 Mustang GT. I've read that the 7.3 and 6.0 'stroke have the same bellhousing as the modular engines. So, could I bolt that trans up to a 7.3 (found one locally for cheap)? I'm not looking for performance, just something to turn heads and make a little noise.
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So, this really belongs in the conversion forum, but here you go:

7.3 PSD uses Ford 385/335 Series bell housing found on 370/429/460 big blocks and 351M/400M intermediate blocks for both manual and automatic transmission applications. Reports that these engines use the Modular pattern exist across the Internet and on Wikipedia, but you can't trust Wikipedia as a source and I have put eyes on many a 7.3 PSD with the "460 Ford" bell housing pattern.

6.0/6.4/6.7 PSD Automatic uses Ford Modular Series bell housing for all automatic applications.

6.0/6.4 PSD Manual transmission applications use an SAE pattern the same as the International/Navistar variant of the engine.

Now for the bad news. You will destroy that transmission behind even a Van spec 235hp 6.0 PSD. Also, there is no 6.0 PSD manual trans flywheel small enough to fit in the Modular bell housing pattern. Making a custom flywheel will present a huge challenge to fit a disc with the correct inner radius to work with the rear crank flange pattern. Alternatively, you could completely disassemble the engine, remove the rear adapter flange from the crank, and machine one that allowed use of a Modular flywheel, but either way, you're doing machine work.

Your best bet would be to use an automatic, like a C-4 or a Powerglide in a hot rod 6.0/6.4 or even 7.3 application, I'd go with the glide myself, all that torque, a trans that can be built to handle it, etc.

If you're dead set on using that transmission in that truck, maybe look for a cheap 6.8L V-10 with harness and computer. The 2002-2005 2-valves will make 350-400hp at the crank with intake, headers, exhaust and tuning. The later 2005-2010 3-valves can make 400-450hp at the crank from intake, headers, exhaust and tuning. Either of those V-10s will eventually break that Tremec 5-speed though, and even for the V-10 I'd strongly suggest a Mustang Cobra T-56 or Shelby GT-500 Tremec 6-speed against the weight of your proposed application.


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I guess I overlooked the conversions thread. My fault. Anyway, thanks for the answer. I wasn't sure about the 7.3. There is a lot of misinformation out there. I figured that even if any Powerstroke would bolt up, the flywheel and clutch would be an issue. I considered the 6.8 V10, but i really want a diesel. At only 4400 lbs empty, I think the transmission would last behind any engine I choose as long as I don't beat on it. The V10 is still on the table, as is the 3V 5.4. I may just sell it all and buy an F650 and build that. I'm still in the brainstorming phase, so who knows....

Anyway, thank you for your response amd confirming what I was suspecting.
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