Mustang Cobra Member
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Thank you both for the replies.
nak302, I had wondered about parts from the current tickford car,
and what their availability was. I had figured the availability of
these parts would be a good indicator of the avaibility of Barra
Tickford parts when they arrive. Unfortunately, you mention the
manifold being hard to get a hold of. This is what I am concerned
about. The situation is probably similar that with to the Mustang
Cobra R here in the states. There were only 300 of them made,
and unless you own one, you cannot get the engine parts. This
is a big why I am looking to Ford Australia and their new 5.4L 4V
for a source of engines and engine parts.
julian, thanks for the information about the tickford dealers. Is
there a list of them online somewhere, with their phone
numbers? I would not be adverse to calling them up from over
across the pond, to see if they can help me out.
Hopefully, as you say, the relatively high volume of the new XR8
will mean that engine parts are more readily available -- even
though these motors will still be built by Tickford on their V8
assembly line. The GT motor, like you say, may be another story.
However, I am convinced that these two motors will share most
of their parts. I figure that the GT will either get a supercharger
(like the upcoming GT 40), or perhaps it will still be N/A, but have
different intake, cams, and valvetrain for more power. My biggest
interest is in:
Block - because it is aluminum, and we have no aluminum 5.4L block in the US yet. Not only is this block more desireable because it weighs about 85lbs less than the iron one, but also because it should have more material around the bores than the iron one, for added strength, and thus should be able to be bored out for more displacement.
Intake Manifold - because we have no 5.4L 4V intake available, except from the Lincoln Navigator SUV and it is not suitable for building a high performance motor. The XR8 lower intake is said to be the same as the one from the Cobra R.
Heads - because they are rumored to be the same ones as the GT 40, which in turn are supposedly similar to those from the Cobra R. These heads will almost surely flow better than any of the other 4V heads availalble in the US. Not to mention that the above intake may only work with these heads.
So if it is not possible to get an entire motor, then I would just
attempt to aquire these parts and build the rest of the motor
using US sourced Ford parts and also some aftermarket parts.