hey guys, i have a 1990 f150 std cab longbed with the 4.9L. it was a gift from a close friend. anyways he had it for a few years before the tranny decided to give up the ghost. i helped him pull it out and that was as far as we ever got. his health declined and decided to move out of state to be closer to his family. so now i got it and want to get it running without going nuts.
i found a few early e4od's for around $500-800, lol. but i do not want another early pos autofail e4od, and spending 1500 bux or more on a rebuild is way out of the question. after digging around a bit more online i found both a 95 and a 96 e4od for around 250 at a boneyard here in texas. but after looking around on here i found that the 92+ use an electronic speedo, so the swap is possible but i will lose my speedo functionality cause there is not a way for the speedometer cable to be used on the later trans without major modifications. we have to have a speedo cause there is a possible chance that the wife may drive it every now and then and we don't need any speeding tickets.
i just want to get some ideas from you guys, what should i do? the truck will only see minor use as a work truck, whenever we need it. i kinda got tired of having to bum trucks off my friends and family when we need one. so its a blessing in disguise as long as i can get her running.
the body is kinda rough and it has the open 3.08 rear and the motor is the 4.9 with less than 20,000 miles on a fresh rebuild. i was thinking maybe the c-6 and a longer driveshaft and leaving the mlps in the neutral position which i found out to be a way around the puter looking for the tranny to be there temporarily until i can get the computer from a manual tranny equipped truck. but then i will have the issue with having to find the holy grail kickdown cable for the efi 6 cylinder. so both swaps will have setbacks. but not having a kickdown seems to be the lesser of two evils.
the only mods that will be done on it is an exhaust, which it really needs, and an intake and some 15x10 wheels and 275/60/15 rwl tires, like i said, it will only see occasional use and maybe some possible towing of a light trailer.
here is the only pic i have at the moment.
so what do you guys think? i have also thought about doing a possible manual swap but i'm still on the fence. as that means more mods and fabrication. thanks in advance.