Engine swap

Asked by Jan 13, 2018 at 07:46 PM

Question type: Car Customization

Will a 1970- 440 hp Chrysler
engine fit up in a 1988 Lincoln
town car body?

14 Answers


that's a stretch.

I have faith....


It's not going to be easy, new custom engine mounts, I think your going to need an oil pan custom made, you will also need to find a tranny that will work cause the ford one won't work without the computer and even if you did somehow get it too work it's life will be short as it could not stand the engines output, the car fuel system will have to be modified to make it deliver fuel to the engine, custom exhaust and possibly some suspension work too handle the added weight, cooling system will also have to be modified to handle a much larger heat output from the engine. Then you will have some electronic work so the gauges will work as they should. You would be ahead if you could find a Ford 460 and a C6 tranny and start your build using that powertrain.

Thank you tennisshoes. I already have heavy duty springs all around and I have a 727 manual reverse valve body transmission built by a speed shop. 3000rpm stall converter. I have a 750 double pumper Holly for the 440 as well. So most likely yes on the fuel pump. I do have Holly fuel pump for it too. I will put 3" exhaust on it as well as headers to fit.


The engine will drop in yes, you have the trans moving the cross member wont be an issue, fab up the drive shaft and the final wiring. Have you considered rear gears? That will hold you up off the line.

No i actually haven't thought of rear gears yet, but yes thats a very important piece of the puzzle indeed. Thank you for that.


The fuel tanks on those will not allow you to draw enough fuel through the existing fuel sender assembly it has to be modded to allow for full draw from your fuel delivery system. You might find that 3 inch is not enough for a 440 if your running a 750 carb, I’m running 3 inch on a 3.8 supercharged Buick and it’s just barely big enough under full power, so you might reconsider 3 inch maybe 3.25 or 3.50, the better it breathes the better it runs. Are you going to do any ram air or cold air intake applications? Recurved distributor or a centrifugal distributor?

Not sure if I'm going with electronic ignition or not. I have a duel point distributor but probably not using it. No ram air or specialties. At least for now. It bored .030 over with TRW pistons. We had a 440 engine in my dad's 1966 dodge charger and it had stock exhaust system on it. He had 2 other 66 Dodge Chargers one with a 383 4 speed and the other a 400 police interceptor engine with automatic. If i was able to find me a 1966 Dodge Charger with a blown engine or no engine for real cheap I would drop my 440 in that. I can't afford now to do that. My 88 Lincoln is mint. Reasl nice shape. I'm the 2nd owner.


You need faith, hope, a prayer and a lot of cash to do this swap.

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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ This^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ just the suspension changes and rear gears alone will cost a small fortune, but he sounds like he's prepared for that.

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The 88 Lincoln had a 302 in it an I don't think the 440 motor will fit without major modifications. I could be wrong though. An easier swap would be a later model Lincoln with a 4.6 SOHC as there would be more room in the engine bay. The Ford 4.6 engine is similar in physical size to the 440, but not as heavy.


Their are easier engine swaps and I would consider them all . Depending on if he's wanting to run the 1/8 or 1/4 mile with the car. The Lincoln town car share Siamese oil pans, so I'm sure the cross member will need to be modified to get the stock 440 oil pan to sit in properly, an oversized oil pan no question it will need modification for sure. I've seen some 1985-86 Lincoln's pull off on 2 in the 1/4 . Steep gears will be needed.


4,000 lb + cars are really too heavy for most drag racing applications. Actually putting a 440 in this car will add at least a couple of hundred pounds to it.


Once you get all that comfy interior out of it,add fuel cell etc you could get it weighing in at 38-39hun which isn't bad at all, A nice torque curve, loose converter with steep gears will haul A$$

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