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I looking to run a Ford Toploader behind a Chevy engine.

What all do I need to do?
Specifically for a bell housing. I would prefer to keep and use my foxbody clutch cable if at all possible after all this is in a foxbody platform.
I have searched for days and cant come up with any solid information.
 

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I don't remember anymore a couple of guys with GM engines in Jeeps / etc used to do this. You could even buy a Lakewood/ Chev pre-drilled to accept the Ford box. So far as I know, all is needed is a matching spline disc and fiddle with the pilot bearing a bit. I don't remember anymore what they did for a TO
 

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Lakewood used to make a scattershield for adapting. Only other thing needed was an adapter for the pilot bearing. I don't think lakewood makes it anymore though.
 

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Lakewood made a scatter shield that accomplished this I believe P/N 15060. Not sure that it would be direct fit for the fox cable setup but nothing that couldn't be figured out. I know advance adapters makes an adapter bell for the jeeps that used the 4cyl gm motor with a ford trans that would work too. You can do it with a standard chevy scatter shield but you will either need to turn down the bearing retainer snout to run the chevy t/o bearing or turn down the register to fit the sbc bell as well as modify the bolt pattern. If I remember correctly you need to do some pilot bushing modification as well if using the sbc bell. Hope this helps.
 

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I have a Toploader behind a 355 sbc. Made my own bellhousing and turned down the Toploader collar od to fit a Chev style hyd t-brg. Also made an adapter housing to fit the Ford needle style pilot into the Chevy crank. Here's a link to a page about the car, about 1/2 way down the page there's a section that covers fabricating the bellhousing... http://grannys.tripod.com/20102.html

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I have a Toploader behind a 355 sbc. Made my own bellhousing and turned down the Toploader collar od to fit a Chev style hyd t-brg. Also made an adapter housing to fit the Ford needle style pilot into the Chevy crank. Here's a link to a page about the car, about 1/2 way down the page there's a section that covers fabricating the bellhousing... http://grannys.tripod.com/20102.html

Grant
I gotta say...I’m impressed!
 

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I have a Toploader behind a 355 sbc. Made my own bellhousing and turned down the Toploader collar od to fit a Chev style hyd t-brg. Also made an adapter housing to fit the Ford needle style pilot into the Chevy crank. Here's a link to a page about the car, about 1/2 way down the page there's a section that covers fabricating the bellhousing... http://grannys.tripod.com/20102.html

Grant

!!!WOW!!!
 

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I have a Toploader behind a 355 sbc. Made my own bellhousing and turned down the Toploader collar od to fit a Chev style hyd t-brg. Also made an adapter housing to fit the Ford needle style pilot into the Chevy crank. Here's a link to a page about the car, about 1/2 way down the page there's a section that covers fabricating the bellhousing... http://grannys.tripod.com/20102.html

Grant
Very good info I've seen your car and you post on here before but didn't know you had a Top Loader in your car!!:)
 

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Very impressive work!
 

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Looks like I will have to buy one of these.
 

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A little update:
I have this setup running now. I purchased the following to make it work.
QuickTime bellhousing part# RM-6037
Lakewood crank pilot conversion bearing part# 15975 (had to modify by making it longer and the hole a little larger)
LS1 flywheel 555-601260 (Jegs brand)
Stock Foxbody throw-out bearing
Stock Sn-95 Mustang clutch fork
Centerforce clutch disc 1999 Ford Mustang application
Centerforce pressure plate part# 183-CFT1655552

If I did this again I would have a bronze pilot bearing machined instead of trying to make the Lakewood bearing work.
I hope this helps some crazy mofo trying this out in the future!
 
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