another v8 swap - Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars
Ford Thunderbird Forum Forum for discussion of the Ford Thunderbird.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-02-08, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 1
another v8 swap

now i've been trying to figure out what im up against. i've been looking at all i can on v6 to v8 swaps. first. i have a 97 thunderbird lx with a 3.8 and independent rear suspension. am i looking at a wireing nightmare? or is the swap pretty simple? i've done engine swaps in honda's and carbed v8's before. but never FI v8s. is the v6 trans ok, or do i need to swap that to? will a mustang trans fit? and my rear end? can it handle the bigger motor? or do ineed to buy stronger axles? like i said im new to the t-bird and any info will help. thanks
97tbirdv6 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-05-08, 08:04 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 7
Re: another v8 swap

Trust me, it will be some work. Make sure to search over at (or they'll get mad at you), but the general theory is that it is not worth putting the effort into swapping, but rather sell your car and get one with the V8. Also, they have a sticky in the 3.8L forum for a 4.2L swap from a truck.
97gm is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-13-08, 01:37 PM
Registered User
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 5
Re: another v8 swap

I am looking to do the same thing..... I have a 92 V6 that was my Grandfather's (main reason to keep that car) and I have a donner 93 V8 both in my driveway.

To make it easier I have both cars and therefore all of the wiring harnesses.

tccoa is def a good place to start, also the mustang tranny is too short to fit into the bird without extending the bell housing..... otherwise you'll shift into the air vents......
tbird92 is offline  
Sponsored Links

  Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > Ford Cars and PAG Vehicles > Ford Thunderbird Forum
Gear in this thread - Powered by O'Reilly Auto Parts

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome