Novice Shoe Horner
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
Re: Lsc Mkvii
In my opinion, your best bet is to get another Lincoln 8.8" 3.27 L (locking) rear end. The Lincoln rear ends are strong, feature disc brakes, has 5 lug axles and come with a better gear ratio than the 2.73 or 3.08 in the Mustang 8.8" rear ends of the same era.
I don't know what you mean by "major HP" but the 8.8" is pretty robust and will fair well with 350 to 400HP. I guess if you are building a 500+HP race car, by all means build a heavy duty rear end, 31 spline axles etc.
If you want to try the Mustang rear end there are some considerations. Your Lincoln has 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS. Your LSC rear end is reported to be about 1 1/2" wider than the Mustang rear end.
I have two 1988 Mark VIIs and they are pretty quick for their weight. A good breathing 5.0 HO will produce considerably more horsies. As far as I know, none of the Mark VIIs had MAF engines. They used the pre-MAF 'speed density' system. There are still lots of aftermarket performance parts to make your 5.0 HO go fast and sound great in the process.
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