I am putting a 302 into my XF ute, what mods do i have to do for it to be legal? i would preffer to do it write from the start then to chuck it all in and then get a canary. Also, dose anyone in vic have a cam that is desint that they nolonger want? (standard is fine)
I'm no expert but i might have some info for u cuz i planned on doing the same conversion a few years back so my info might not be up to date. Once again this is what people have told me (engineers n vic roads). U need an engineers report to make it legal. You must run a cat if your car originally used unleaded (eg 1987 xf). Car must not make more than a 10% increase in pollution than standard, but i think that was a bit of bull. Some people say that if your fitting a clevo u must modify the heater hoses that go in the firewall cuz they get in your way but 1 guy did say he's went in and just cleared it without any mods. Some minor changes to the wiring will need to be done and make sure that u put a relay on the wire that goes to the starter switch to prevent problems with startup. Engine mounts should be the same from other xd xe series cars and u might need to change your booster if u feel your brake tends to stick( i had to on mine). You must change your front springs to v8 spec and you must have disc brakes all round ( i got drums on the rear and they said nothing but the engineers told me that it was required on any v8 conversion).
There is however another option u could take but i dont like your chances. Vic roads states that u need an engineers certificate if u plan on putting an engine in a car that was not releases by the manufacturer. If u can find info or even a letter from ford stating that they did build a few xf v8's (which from reports seem to be true and only around 10 or so were made) then all u have to do is bring your car up to v8 spec which will most likely be a spring change and a few tiny things here and there but the best bit is no engineers certificate is needed. hope this helps a bit