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1983 Sierra XR8 Wannabe

We've got a 1983 Sierra 2.3 V6, C3 gearbox is on its way out, and the engine will probably follow it soon in sympathy. We have also got a spare 289 V8 with C4 gearbox. The idea is to put the 289 into the Sierra, I know that there were about 250 V8 Sierra's [XR8's] made here in .za, for Ford Motorsport in about 1982 odd, but from what I have seen of them, most seem to have 302's in. What I need to know is if anyone has done this type of transplant, there is no real difference between the 302 and 289 so fitting in is not a problem, more the engine mountings, the 2.3 V6 does not have the same mountings at the 3.0 V6, what is the best way to work around this.
And would we have to change the rear diff.?

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Re: 1983 Sierra XR8 Wannabe

This link has all specifications listed,

Sierra XR8

Jim DeBerry developed conversion kits for V8's to be transplanted into Merkur's (America's naming for the Sierra) Not sure if the kits are still available but some info can be found in the following link

Jim DeBerry

Best of luck, I rekon this would be an awsome conversion.... I have a 4x4 V6 and would love an 8 in it but I don't really want to give up the 4x4 so.... maybe one day I'll be able to start development of a sump to suit the 8 and retain 4x4....

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Re: 1983 Sierra XR8 Wannabe

Thanks Fuse, will send him an e-mail and see what he has to say on the subject.
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