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Old 07-29-2006, 19:10   #1 (permalink)
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1987 thunderbird engine swamp

Hi , I have a 87 3.8L v6 ford thunderbird and i want to put a 302(ford) v8 into it.
I am just wondering if i will have any clearence problems. And most inportantly will it align on the engine mounts. I was told it should fit, from a very reliable source. Im also wondering if i will have to change the whole rear end including the tranny.
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Old 08-02-2006, 20:16   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 1987 thunderbird engine swamp

please i need to know. or if you cant awnser that can you awnser if the v8 302 is wider than the 3.8l v6.
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Old 08-04-2006, 12:15   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 1987 thunderbird engine swamp

The engine will fit into the compartment and bolt to the trans. No clearance problems. You will not need to replace the trans and rear end unless you beat on it.
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Re: 1987 thunderbird engine swamp

yeah, you should have no problems with anything with it. now, dont beat on it like mulletman said, cuz the tranny and rear end are designed for the v6 3.8, not the pull of a 302. other than that, youll be fine. american cars are pretty easy to swap engines. most are all on the same mounts, just different sizes, lol. now just make sure this is a legal swap, cuz if its not, you can get a big fine. legal meaning emissions, noise, etc. etc.
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the swap is legal, even in california if he installs all the emissions equipment that came with the 302 and the 302 is an '87 or newer
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Old 08-16-2006, 16:27   #6 (permalink)
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Re: 1987 thunderbird engine swamp

ok so it should bolt right on to the engine mounts and bolt right to the tranny?
but i was thinking of this, this car is really a piece and it is all computerized,
its electronic fuel injection v6, it has bearly any clearence on the left side.
but any ways i dont know if it will work because on the 302 it doesnt have no fuel injectors and all those electronic sensors as the 3.8l v6 1987 does. But i guess i can always pick-a-part some old mustang computer ecu.

iam picking up the engine next week so iwill inform you if it does work.
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