Behind the 427 is Ford's Top Loader four-speed, which was born in 1963 for the same reason the cross-bolt, side-oiler block was-durability. The Top Loader was engineered to take the pounding Borg-Warner's T-10 was never designed to take. The big 9-inch Ford rearend out back has 3.50:1 gears and 31-spline axles. Tough? You kiddin'?
Jim's message for all of us is this: have fun and enjoy the Fords you are able to afford. Jim's constructive modifications are bolt-on in nature and easily reversed if the need arises. Meanwhile, Jim will cruise the Great Plains remembering the halcyon days of Ford's Total Performance era.