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88 4cyl engine swap

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Soaring:
Going from a 6 banger to an 8 cylinder requires changing out the front suspension, the transmission and the rear end.  Going from a 4 banger would require the same conversion components.  For an 80's something 4 banger Mustang that had dam near zero power, ( I know first hand, because I put that 4 banger in a 1929 Mercedes kit car that I assembled) the entire running chassis needs to be replaced to attain a decent running Mustang.  Now, do you want to go through all that trouble and expense, or would it be less trouble to sell that POS 4 banger, and buy a V8 model to begin with, and just overhaul/upgrade the existing components? 
>>>>>I'll have him come on here and explain exactly what you need to do without having to get a v-8 car! <<<<<
Bring him on....

Bossnutt:

--- Quote from: Soaring on February 17, 2008, 06:19:42 PM --->>>>>I'll have him come on here and explain exactly what you need to do without having to get a v-8 car! <<<<<
Bring him on....

--- End quote ---

What's that supposed to mean?  There is no need in being rude.  All I'm saying is it's not that hard.  He's done tons of them, because of people rather enjoy building cars instead of buying them built. 

xnutt:

--- Quote from: Soaring on February 17, 2008, 06:19:42 PM ---Going from a 6 banger to an 8 cylinder requires changing out the front suspension, the transmission and the rear end.  Going from a 4 banger would require the same conversion components.  For an 80's something 4 banger Mustang that had dam near zero power, ( I know first hand, because I put that 4 banger in a 1929 Mercedes kit car that I assembled) the entire running chassis needs to be replaced to attain a decent running Mustang.  Now, do you want to go through all that trouble and expense, or would it be less trouble to sell that POS 4 banger, and buy a V8 model to begin with, and just overhaul/upgrade the existing components? 
>>>>>I'll have him come on here and explain exactly what you need to do without having to get a v-8 car! <<<<<
Bring him on....

--- End quote ---

bring me on ??? ok i'm not going to get into a pissing contest.i'll just put it like this.

i've been turning wrenche's since i was 5 and buying cars and building the since i was 15. i come from a family of gearheads.

the "chassis" as you put it are the same unless it's the early model fox with the i6 then you have to change the k member as well. in this case it's newer so no worries about that. the susp. and brake's are different. but what would i know i've only owned 52 "fox bodies",2 69 mach1's(which i still have 1 back home),a 69 coupe grande (rare bench seat model) and god only knows how many mustang II's (yeah i've had ton).all this and not to mention the guy who has my mach1 at his place has 33 acres with mainly nothing but stangs on the property that he has built for years

i've done this swap so many time's i can do it in my sleep.

now back to the subject at hand.....
micheal if you would like to know about this there are a couple of things that needs to be figured out first. first what are you planning on doing with this car (i.e.street/strip car or just a driver) ?

sorry to highjack the thread !!!!

Thierry:
 I don't think Soaring had the intention to be rude. He has a different opinion on the subject and he was probably interested to debate about it with Xnutt. I can imagine him saying "bring him on" with a smile  ;D
 Michael only made one post and that was over 2 years ago, I don't think he will reply to you Xnutt. If you want to explain how to do the conversion for a street use, bring it on   :D :D

Soaring:
Yeah, I doubt that Michael will answer since this question was asked about 3 years ago.  ;D And, I didn't mean to sound rude either.  It's just that going from a 2.3 liter 1988 Mustang to a 302 requires a little more than changing out the engine.  We all know that, so let's not argue about the obvious.  The running chassis includes everything under the car that makes it go down the road.  That includes the engine, transmission, rear end and brake system.  That all would have to be upgraded to the V8 version to make the change viable.  If you don't make that change, you are not doing it right.  If all you do is change out the engine and motor mounts, you are just a shade tree mechanic. 

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