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Old 10-30-2010, 20:26   #1 (permalink)
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98 mustang 3.8 to carbed v8 engine swap?

ok, heres the chaser. I got a 98 mustang, with a 3.8 V6 and a 5 speed. Now im not real sure on the trans type, but I think its a T-45 (clarify please?). its got 180K+ miles on it (still kicking good, but has it days though) I've had this car about half a year, and its been through hell with it previous owners (in a accident, smashing a fender, 1/4 panel, destroying the CCRM and its wiring, scorching its wire harness, and ruining the gas tank, followed by a two year sitting period before I snabbed it up for $100, or it gets crushed)


Heres what I have for it: a 5.0 H.O. salvaged from a wrecked cougar, with a .030 bore job, and valve cut pistons. I was thinking about taking the motor and putting it in the 98.

now I know the question will be raised about the K-member, And I have a stock oil pan, and a fox-body oil pan. and as for the engine mounts, I have a welder, and a maintence shop at my job that isnt afraid to do some re-working on a part or make one, and are quick to understand a blueprint.

for the ignition system I was thinking about running a regular dis. with a MSD blaster/blaster 2 type coil, with a vac advance.

a regular intake such as one offered by jegs or summit racing, probably a dual plane so i could leave my options to improve later on open.

carb I was going to leave up to edel. with probably something in the basic 650CFM range for starters.

my biggest head-ache i think with the motor after install will probably be what kind of belt and pully system to run. V-belt, or flat belt. and I really care for just a alternator, and probably will want to keep the P.S. (my old t-bird didnt have it, long drives were a pain, litterally, after a while)

I know the question may arise about going from EFI to carb with the fuel system, but I was thinking a aeromotive regulator set at about 6.5psi should keep the fuel down to a manageable, but healthy fuel flow if im thinking right

one of my other concerns arise with the trans/cluth/flywheel problem, im stumped there. budget limits me from getting a new trans to toss into the car, so i may be stuck with stock for the time being on the trans (i dont have a spare 2 grand for a fancy tremec) so any thoughts there would be nice.
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Re: 98 mustang 3.8 to carbed v8 engine swap?

Hi, will this vehicle have to pass any smog laws where you're at?
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Re: 98 mustang 3.8 to carbed v8 engine swap?

no smog laws attached. im in iowa, and my car is regestered to my native tribe. neither of which do test on cars
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