Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: near Cleveland, Ohio
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Re: 7.3IDI to T18
I don't believe it will bolt up. However you can remove your existing bellhousing and bolt on a diesel bellhousing (6.9 or 7.3 IDI). You will also need the steel adaptor plate that goes between the engine and bellhousing that the starter bolts to.
The 460 / diesel bellhousing issue is interesting. As I understand it, on some transmissions the bellhousings are the same, however holes are drilled in different spots for the different engines. Someone on here made a jig to drill the different holes, not sure which trans it was.
Also, if your transmission has the "grannie" first gear, you might want to swap to a diesel trans which would have a higher, more useable first gear.
I gotta say the 73 - 79 Fords were wonderful trucks and I commend what you are doing.
1997 Ford F350 SRW 7.3L PSD
1985 Ford Ranger 2.3L 5 speed
1966 Mustang 200 I6, auto, 4 wheel disk, power brake retrofit, Corvette master.
Former vehicles, 1994 E350 7.3L IDI, 1985 International 1654 rollback, 6.9L IDI, (2) 1994 Ford E350 7.3L IDI, 1985 Ford F350 DRW 6.9L IDI, 1985 Ford F350 wrecker 6.9L IDI.
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Owner / operator, Patriot Automotive, N Ridgeville OH