Originally Posted by FordLover
helping my dad with his XP project car has got me wanting one now lol, and after driving a friends 1970 mustang i want a v8.
im thinking xw with a 302 Windsor with an auto G/box, as my dad had one in the 70's and knows a bit about the 302w, i have a few questions.
1) what should we be looking for, which parts rust the most, what usually needs replacing on the body/undycarriage, i know i'll most likely have to fork out for a set of rubbers aswell.
Rubbers are standard. Whatch out for body and frame rust, it can be expensive to repair. Also look for previous smash repairs and lack of quality therein.....if youcan find it, then its probably repaired poorly.
2) what gearbox/diff combo to go with the 302W?
That depends on your preference. Auto, Either an AOD, or AOD-E the AOD-E is readily availble in Australia and willhandle the light wieght of an XP quite easily. (AOD-E is the 4 speed auto as fitted to series 3 EA onwards)
Manual, a T5 will handle your requirements easily. There is 25 mm difference between the 6 cylinder one and the V8 one.. the only major difference is the input shaft bearing, and Dellow Automotive can supply a bell housing to suit either, in cable clutch or hydraulic.
3) should i be looking for a car with engine/driveline, or for a good rolling shell and then buy the engine/trans/diff separate.
If you are looking at a v8 conversion/restoration, then the driveline is of no concern. Concentrate on the quality of the body and panels you are buying..if it has a driveline that works and you can have ten minute fun driving it in a paddock...so what
4) how reliable would the engine be on LPG? or should i stick to normal petrol seeing as it probably will only be a weekend driver.
You can go straight LPG with no problems. The only issue is that whoever builds your heads is informed of your intention.