Need Engine Advice v.mustang

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  1. liquidPoop

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    Have an 88 mustang gt with stock engine looking for some power. Will be daily driving it for while since my civic got stolen :o but gettin a decent settlement so gonna invest into this car.


    any suggestions?


    was looking at a 347 stroker with the new boss block (might be too much tho) :dunno:



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  2. High Voltage

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    vortech supercharger should run you no more then $2000-$2500
     
  3. liquidPoop

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    yea but I have a 200k stock engine, runs great but wont i need a rebuild also?
     
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    Do a thorough inspection and check out how worn the components are. It's possible the engine was already rebuilt/replaced and you just don't know about it.

    If the engines on its way out you should look into an LS1 swap. Generally you can find a good example of an LS1 for 3-5K, depending on your area. It's a popular swap and everything you need is easy to order and theres a lot of people who will be able to help you with any problems you run into.
     
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    interesting.

    Seems easier to just do a 351w though
     
  6. <Mark>

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    I have a 93 coupe and I am dropping in a 357. It would be cheaper as to do a 302 based project since you already have all of the stuff. Plus a 351 would require you to buy better heads, and a 351 style intake, distributor and new motor mounts if you want to try and keep it under the stock hood.
     
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    It's just as easy. They basically bolt right in, and an LSx is going to beat any Ford motor dollar for dollar. I own a bunch of Mustangs so I'm not a Chevy sackrider, the LS1 is just the best bang for your buck. Check out ls1mustang.com if you're interested.
     
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    invest in OHC and fuel injection :dunno:
     
  9. liquidPoop

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    Im not arguing against doin that swap but you'd still need all that stuff for the ls1 project too. I dont see it being cheaper

    does it match up to a T5? I just built up my tko
     
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    thanks for the advice, been very helpful :p
     
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    wasn't trying to be cute. I say you buy a longblock out of a totaled stang (my preference would be a cobra 4v, but what ever you like) and start to build that up w/ new and used parts then do the transplant when you think your engine is about to take a dive. Should be rather cheap
     
  12. Chris951

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    302 Dart block and vortech s-trim at 10-12 pounds of boost = sex. Around 4-4.5k price tag though.
     
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    yes it will match up to the t5, but I doubt it would last very long. T5s suck.
     
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    The only way it would be cheap is if you took everything out of the donor car. Computer, wiring harnesses etc...then you would still have to either rig your fuel system to fit the new engine or use the one from the other car. It would be far from cheap.
     
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    yea i dont think that would be an easy swap at all
     
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    Didn't know you were going for easy, but it would be cheap - totaled car's engine and harness off corral.net from $800, or at local car yards, or anyone posting a totaled mustang. But if you want easy go the 351W that's been done enough times that everyone has info on the swap.
     
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    sorry i wasnt that specific


    I want something that will be street friendly, fairly easy to install without heavy mods and reasonable price.

    otherwise I'd just drop a 460 in it or somethin :p

    I dont see the swap you are talking about being cheap but I'll look into it
     
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    it's only cheap if you find deals. I mean i waited till i found a good deal and got a set of heads and cams locally for $100, then sold just the cams off the heads for $104:
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    but i'd stick w/ a often done swap like a 351W since the parts will be pretty cheap and any problems you have you can ask on any 5.0 forum and they'd know exactly what your talking about. Where as newer Fuel Injected block (especially 4v's) can become complicated and expensive if your buying new parts (351 needs 1 cam, my car needs 2, a 4V needs 4! thats 1k right there). Plus you can make good power on big blocks w/out going forced induction
     
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    But if you do want to look into the 32V route here would be where you'd start:
    Greg Flatt at Strictly Performance was the first person, or one of them in the country about 10 years ago to do it, and has done it on more than one car. Even though he is listed as a customer, he was their main mechanic for years. The guys put out some of the fastest cars in the country.
    http://www.strictlypro.com/?page_id=15
    www.strictlypro.com

    Also i'd check out modularfox.com, this should tell you everything you need to know, the forums more specifically.

    http://modularfox.com/default.aspx
     
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    Heads cam intake and an s trim
     
  21. Ronin

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    if it was me id buy a race prepped block for maybe 1-2k (dart or another brand) and then install a forged rotating assembly and then of course heads/cams/fuel system/ignition/etc etc, NA it will be pretty fast, if you want more more than forced induction is the next step
     
  22. Ronin

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    if you want something simple and reliable get a prepped block, forged internals and streetable parts that are all matched to one another properly (eg: all low end of rpm spectrum performance parts)
     
  23. pathOFdisaster

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    Heres what I did to my 92 LX...

    Buy another old (but good) 302 block to build off..Get it .040 over (~308) Order an Eagle crank, Skat rods, DSS Pro-X pistons, AFR185s, 1.6RRs, custom grind cam, and a Systemax intake. Next, buy an S-trim and all the supporting fuel mods.. (40lb injectors, AFPR, external pump, FMU)

    Build motor, get it tuned, and you got a reliable 425+whp

    Just please upgrade that T5.. My car is still sitting because of a blown tranny
     
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    do the 5.0's really need all those internals to run 425?
     
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    If you are budget minded .... you can look for a the heads and intake off of a V8 Explorer. I'm sure they are cheap in the bone yards in your area. The heads and intake are GT-40 design. Send them out to be Por/Pol and with a nice cam you can make some decent power cheap. After that, you can get it tuned and then go with a power adder.
     

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