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Author Topic:   adapting ford to powerglide
oluf
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Total posts: 30
posted February 13, 2005 05:32 PM  
I want to bolt my powerglide to a ford engine. Anyone know of any adapters/midplates to do this, or do I need to build one?

Wildside17
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Total posts: 119
posted February 13, 2005 07:59 PM  
If I remember right TCI has one available. I have one of them for a dodge and it is 10-12 years old so they are a very usable piece, a little pricey but worth it.

midmod34
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posted February 13, 2005 07:59 PM  
i bought the jw bellhousing from jegs, it tells you how to cut the bell off the powerglide then you run a midplate because the bell is 1/4 shorter, then you make a jig to transfer the chev bolt pattern to the ford flexplate to bolt the converter on. Oh dont for get to make a jig to weld a 1 3/8 dia by .8 inch long spigot to the front of the glide converter to engage the pilot bearing area of the ford crank to center it. If you do it will cost lots to fix everything

Wildside17
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posted February 13, 2005 08:10 PM  
Click on the TCI link on the opening page of the dirt forum, when you get into tci's site find the specialty secion. the adapters are listed there.

fastow
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posted February 13, 2005 09:38 PM  
I have used the tci deal wildside speaks of and it worked great. If I remember right I took the adapter and cut it out to the same shape as the chevy mid plate that fit our car. If they would make it wider it would have been easier I think I cut one side off then added some material on the other. but it wasn't bad at all to do. It used counter sunk bolts into the back of the ford block and had studs like that are in the rear end housing to hold the gear chuck into housing sticking out the back to fasten glide trans to. Another neat deal that came with it was the crank flange adapter just bolt ti on the ford crank then the standard glide coupler bolted right on.

purestock97
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Total posts: 32
posted February 19, 2005 09:03 AM  
I am in the middle of the same process, I have been running powerglide/ford combo last 3 years in an IMCA Stock Car with a midplate/adapter, but it is about 8 inches too narrow to use in my MW Mod chassis, so I am looking for solutions too.
OLUF, how wide of a plate are you needing? I may have one available for you ready to bolt up. It is 3/8th inch thick, 18"s high by about 24"s wide.
Midmod34 what brand of chassis are you running? Are you using a 351w/powerglide setup? thanks

midmod34
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posted February 19, 2005 10:09 AM  
I am running a fegars swing arm. I use the 302 much lighter. Roxbury racing in prinston mn makes all the adapter pieces now to use either the midplate or the ultra bell

purestock97
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posted February 21, 2005 03:00 PM  
Midmod34, what are you running for torque converter? Where did you buy it?
thanks

oluf
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Total posts: 30
posted February 21, 2005 03:12 PM  
Thanks for all the info. I'm going with the ultra bell setup. My mid plate is 25.75 wide, with the engine 5.65 off center on the plate, so I don't think the 24" one will work out, But thanks for the offer.

midmod34
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Total posts: 119
posted February 21, 2005 04:50 PM  
pure stock i bought it a roxbury racing in prinston mn Jim is really good at helping pick the right one for your application

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