Questions on Replacing a 2.77 Transmission in a 65 Ranchero

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Questions on Replacing a 2.77 Transmission in a 65 Ranchero

Post #1 by shorty73 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:33 am

Hi everyone, first post to the board. I stumbled across this site while looking for info on my dad’s 1965 Ranchero. He picked this thing up a few months ago thinking it was a great deal. Great deal of work is more like it. We finally got it driving (up and down the block anyway) and discovered the transmission makes a little noise in first, lots of noise in second and sometimes pops out of second. We’ll be looking over the linkage and adjusting it this weekend, but I’m guessing they’re not going to be the real problem and we’ll have to find a new transmission. I don’t know much about Ford stuff (or transmissions), but the trans has 4 bolts on the cover so it looks to be a 2.77 transmission 3 spd on the column behind a 170ci motor. The number on the transmission is C0DR-7006-A. My dad said it was hard to see so not positive this is right; I’ll be double checking this weekend. If correct, this decoded to a 1960 Falcon trans, so obviously a replacement (truck has at least 179k on it, so seems reasonable).

We were thinking the easiest way forward is to find a good working unit, which I may have. It’s not local, but the guy said he’d be willing to ship it. This particular trans was in a 67 Mustang. So my question is, will this thing fit as is, or if not, can we swap any components to make it fit? If not, are there any other platforms and years that had transmissions that will fit? To get a sense of its condition, I've seen that the cover should be opened to look for chipped teeth or obvious wear. Are there any other questions I should ask a seller or things to look for?

This website is pretty great and I anticipate us using it quite a bit to get my dad’s truck into shape. I'm starting to appreciate Rancheros and getting one myself has crossed my mind a few times. I appreciate any help you can give. I did try the search function and didn’t come up with much. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Questions on Replacing a 2.77 Transmission in a 65 Ranchero

Post #2 by bubba22349 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:15 pm

:hmmm: some pictures would help, but normally the 2.77 wasn't used after 1966 when the Ford six models then went to the better 3.03. So make sure the seller has pictures too so you can match it up. I have a nice 2.77 out of a 65 Mustang (with floor shifter) sitting in my shop I can take some pictures of if it helps you. The 2.77 is an easy trans to rebuild too. Good luck :thumbup: :nod:
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Re: Questions on Replacing a 2.77 Transmission in a 65 Ranchero

Post #3 by mustang6 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:50 pm

+1 to what Bubba said, you are likely being offered a 3.03 3-speed out of that 67 Mustang and unfortunately it's not a direct swap. I have seen the 3.03 put behind the early (pre-66) bellhousing but it required machining of the transmission input shaft and front bearing retainer plate, plus other mods to shift linkage and driveshaft. You get a bulletproof trans for all that work, but by that point it would have probably been easier to put in a T5.
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65 Ranchero 200 ci, late 170 head, Autolite 1101, 3.03 3 speed, Maverick 8" 4 lug rear with 3.55 gears.

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Re: Questions on Replacing a 2.77 Transmission in a 65 Ranchero

Post #4 by shorty73 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:31 pm

I might have mis-remembered the year, but I'm positive he said he bought and rebuilt it to use in his Mustang, and he had to make a few changes to get it to fit. I was mostly focused on seeing if he would ship it since it was private party and will call back with more questions once I know what to ask about.

Here is a photo of the trans for sale:

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My dad and I have never torn into a transmission for rebuild. Any special tools? I suppose we could probably do that, but I know I'm anxious to get this thing on the road.
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Post #5 by bubba22349 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:51 pm

Yes the sellers trans is a 2.77 and it's also a Mustang application, same as the one I have. It will be a direct bolt into your dads 65 Ranchero with just the swapping of some small parts from your trans (shifter arms if you have the typical colum type shifter) or you could do a little more work cutting a hole in the floor to use it with the floor shifter. As too rebuilding them not much in special tools are required to do a rebuild except for snap ring pliers and maybe having a couple bearings pressed off and on. Good luck :thumbup: :nod: if it dosent work out with the seller I might be willing to sell my trans too am located in the Flagstaff Az. Area.
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Re: Questions on Replacing a 2.77 Transmission in a 65 Ranchero

Post #6 by shorty73 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:50 pm

That's great news. We'll do linkage stuff on the truck tomorrow to confirm its condition and make the decision to rebuild or snag that one. I hope anyway, my dad takes his time to decide sometimes. Help appreciated!

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Re: Questions on Replacing a 2.77 Transmission in a 65 Ranchero

Post #7 by mustang6 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:21 am

Yep that's a 2.77 out of a 64.5-66 Mustang! That will work- good luck!
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68 Mustang 200 ci, 250-2V head, H/W 5200, Dual Headers, Comp Cams 252H, DSII w/ MSD 6AL, T-5, V8 suspension.

65 Ranchero 200 ci, late 170 head, Autolite 1101, 3.03 3 speed, Maverick 8" 4 lug rear with 3.55 gears.

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