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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-22-03, 03:00 PM
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65 falcon 6 cyl to V8 swap: possible?


I have a 65 falcon 6 cylinder in the shop and I am being tempted to build a hot rod with it.

I also have a 302 engine with a 5 speed transmission which used to belong to a Mazda Monster Miata, sitting in the shop.

I was wondering if I could do a conversion on the falcon from the 6 cylinder configuration to a v8 powerplant. Could it be possible?

What would be involved?

Which would be the most cost effective way to do it?

How to make the 6 cylinder car to accept the V8? could I use another car (a mustang for example) to donate parts to the falcon so it can accept the 302? Is it a bolt in deal?

Please help me since I'm clueless...I know about mopars but I dont know squat about fords....this will be mi 1st Ford project.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-22-03, 05:18 PM
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Re: 65 falcon 6 cyl to V8 swap: possible?

I presume it's an X-series Falcon?
You should be able to get a v8 crossmember for your car and bolt it straight in.
Failing that, angle grinders and welders were invented for a reason
Tailshaft may also be a problem, unsure as I specialise in the newer models myself. Also think about the box crossmember.....

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I'd guess it is a U.S Falcon. (even though no location is listed).

I'd swap the parts with a same vintage Mustang.

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Re: 65 falcon 6 cyl to V8 swap: possible?

The Falcon Sprint had a V8, I the Mercury Comet (same car) did as well. Also the 1st gen Mustang was basically the same as the Falcon.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-23-03, 09:21 PM
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Thanks for the replies!

OK, so what you are saying is that I could take everything from a 65 Mustang V8 and swap it into the 65 Falcon I6 car and it will all fit?

And then I will be ready to put the 302 in the Falcon?
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Re: 65 falcon 6 cyl to V8 swap: possible?

is this american or australian?

There are conversion kits that allow a 302 WINDSOR v8 engine to be fitted to the XK-XP Falcons, the kit consists of engine mounts, Crossmember, C4 transmission mount and radiator mount. Its a very straight forward swap, the hardest part is the wiring and accelerator cable! go for it!

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-24-03, 01:51 AM
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V8 Conversion

I assume that being a 65 Falcon it is an XP, which never came out with a V8 in it, i assume the 302 is a windsor, a cleveland won't fit without seriously having to modify the engine bay. There is conversion kits available to fit 302 windsors into these cars, they involve simple bolt on crossmember and engine mounts, but also include extra strenghing braces and the chassie has to be strenghened in certain sports as well, and after all this is finished you will then need to get an engineers report to get it registered. Try as a start speaking to your local authorised engineer so that he can point you in the right directions. If you are in victoria then i may be able to give you the name of whoever my dad used to get his XL ute engineered for the same type of conversion.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-24-03, 08:46 AM
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Its an american 65 Ford Falcon.

What does the XK / XP codes mean?

I know for a fact that 65 Falcons were available with V8 engines from the factory.

I dont care to make a facorty correct swap....I was even planning about moving the engine to the rear about 8" and installing it solid with an aluminum motor plate to the unibody.

What Im concerened the most is about the suspension and brakes upgrades that are needed on the front clip. I wanted to know if I could take everything out from a 65 mustang and swap it to the 65 Falcon. Will all bolt right in?
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XK-XP refer's to the australian model of the car, obviously yours is an american so use the same year mustang parts.
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