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Old 08-13-2007, 19:54   #1 (permalink)
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mad Engine swap six to eight

I am planning to swap my 6 in a row for an 87 5.0,the car is a 1980 Mustang,I have been told that the 6 Kmember wont work,does anyone know why it wont work,if so could you please share the info with me thanx.
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Old 08-13-2007, 21:20   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Engine swap six to eight

It doesn't work because it fits a 6 cylinder. You need a V8 k-member to install a 5.0 in your car. End of story.
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Old 10-07-2007, 17:09   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Engine swap six to eight

I believe the metal in the center will not accomodate the 5.0's oil pan. crossmembers don't lend themselves to modification-IE cutting+welding. Much easier to swap it out.
I recommend what I did. When I changed over my 4 cylinder car I bought the entire front end out from an '89-93 GT car. That way I got the correct K-frame, bigger brakes, the GT rack and pinion, and GT springs too. This also enbled me to build up the engine and transmission on the frame. I also put two wheels and tires on it. I could drag it around by the transmission tailshaft. When the time came, I had a buddy come over with a wrecker. He lifted up the front of the body, I rolled the 2.3 drivetrain out and rolled the 5.0 setup under, and he let the body back down on it. It really was about that simple. If you do something like this, make sure you get the rubber brake caliper hoses too, they are different.
Some racers prefer to use an aftermarket crossmember. If you could hook up with one of them no doubt you could score their old crossmember for next to nothing.
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