putting in a smaller motor, than a 460

Asked by Pete Jul 22, 2019 at 06:17 PM about the Ford E-350

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

i have a 1987 24 foot ford motor home with a old 460 in it with a three speed tranny, its killing me at the pumps, is there any way to either swap out the tranny for a 4 speed or something with o/drive, etc etc or is there a better motor to swap in with a good tranny etc? like a new yet wrecked truck combo etc? i never put my foot down on old 460, but it raceing over 3000 rpm on highways, yike---////////////////////$$$$

3 Answers

You've got a truck chassis with a camper added to it. You could drive slower or add an overdrive after the transmission. Changing the trans might be an option IF you can find something that will mate to your engine. Switching to another engine trans is not a good idea as anything later than yours will be fuel injected and computer controlled, and it would be one hell of a project. Have you considered leaving the keys in it and a dollar on the seat? Buy something smaller and more fuel efficient with the insurance money.


A 4 speed auto box is your best bet. Probably an AOD.



Your Answer:


Looking for a Used E-350 in your area?

CarGurus has 4 nationwide E-350 listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

Postal Code:

Ford E-350 Experts

  • #1
    Tracy Hooks
  • #2
    G A Arne
  • #3
    Opal Allen
View All

Find great deals from top-rated dealers


Related Models For Sale

Used Ford E-Series Cargo
7 Great Deals out of 205 listings starting at $4,995
Used Ford E-Series Wagon
17 listings starting at $5,306
Used Ford F-350 Super Duty
27 Great Deals out of 1,863 listings starting at $9,898
Used Ford Transit Cargo
19 Great Deals out of 1,133 listings starting at $13,949
Used Chevrolet Express Cargo
20 Great Deals out of 381 listings starting at $4,000
Used Ford Transit Passenger
11 Great Deals out of 190 listings starting at $21,750
Used Chevrolet Express
6 Great Deals out of 142 listings starting at $5,985
Used Ford F-250 Super Duty
24 Great Deals out of 908 listings starting at $3,950
Used Ford F-150
231 Great Deals out of 12,403 listings starting at $3,695
Used Ford F-350
3 listings
Used Ford F-250
2 listings
Used Ford E-250
1 listing
Used Ford Transit Connect
11 Great Deals out of 484 listings starting at $2,995
Used Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
166 listings starting at $9,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use. Content will be removed if CarGurus becomes aware that it violates our policies.