Re: Conversion Confusion ?!##?
The dash cluster plugs into the dash loom which connects to the engine loom and both ecu and bcm.
I payed 5500 or so for the written off EF2 XR8 I used for all the parts I wanted(Motor, Gearbox, LSD, looms, computers etc) I then sold off all the remaining bits including the 6 motor and auto trans and made a fair bit off the cost back(which was then spent on the car anyway)
The conversion has proven very succesful, pretty much like I drove in with one car and drove out with a completely different car all together, the difference is that big. If you get the chance I strongly reccommend going to manual. Thinking about it now, if I had to choose I would go for a manual conversion before a V8 conversion, simply because it makes the car so much more fun to drive, converting to V8 and manual is the best idea tho(nudge nudge wink wink)
I am still having probs with a hunting idle when I use the climate control, basically if I am sitting at lights with the climate control on I have to keep the revs up or it stalls, other than that and the BCM problems, it has been a blissful 15,000 kilometres.
The best is when I take it to a Ford dealership, they spin out big time, cause most of em have never seen a manual fairmont before, I try to convince em it's a factory job for the first 5 mins then spill the beans about the conversion.
Let me know if you do go ahead, I have the wiring diagrams for the V8 somehwere if you want them, theres' prolly a few snags along the way I have forgotten about, but i'll try and help you out wherever possible.
Have to agree re: the ss power steering, I found it to be no different to normal power steering at speed and so sensitive at low speed it would lead to over correction. I also found the level of assitance to change to slowly thus making spirited strops fast and slow corners very unnerving.