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Old 12-31-2015, 12:20 AM   #1
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So I want to start off by saying that I've planned on doing the v6 to v8 swap since I bought my car really just a as a learning experience. I've done a lot of work on cars and am pretty knowledgable for a 16 year old. I also have a buddy that is a very good mechanic and constantly does motor swaps and is willing to help me with mine. He has a shop with a lift and all the tools due to the fact that he's also a mechanic teacher at a school. So now to my point, I just recently came across a 94 thunderbird that has the same 4.6 SOHC that's in the 97 gt (I have a 97 v6) Its really cheap and I want to buy it as a donor car. If there's anything else that I need I would either buy it new or find someone parting out a gt and get what I need. I've looked it all over and it's looking pretty promising but I want to know if anyone on here has any tips or experience or knowledge they could pass on. Just trying to source out and see what I can learn. If you have any tips of parts that I won't be able to use from the thunderbird or any problems I may run into please comment and help me out.
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Well the V6 swap thread I wanted to link is no longer existent so I'll just try and go from memory. For a 4.6 swap you're gonna need the wiring harness, computer, trans, preferably the rear end, the k-member, springs, and shocks. Preferably you would find a GT to do the swap instead of a t-bird.
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I've had several friends and acquaintances swap the Lincoln Mark 8 4v into their V6 Mustangs and it wasn't easy or cheap. When it was all said and done, they were hugely disappointed with the costs and time involved compared to the performance they achieved.

If you are going to do an engine swap, do it with an engine that will be worth swapping.

LS, SBC, SBF or Coyote. Swapping an NA 4.6 into anything is a waste of time and resources.
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Here you go. Junk yard 5.3.
Head studs,gap the rings, build a turbo kit with a ebay gt45 and be done.
Or coyote for $$$. Screw all the other ford stuff.


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I wouldnt want a 4.6 in any car that it already comes in. Much less opt to do a 4.6 swap.

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You'll spend less money and have to do no swap if you sell your car and just buy a GT. I speak from experience.

If you are dead set on the swap you will want a complete donor car. Swapping the motor out of the T-Bird is a bad idea for a variety of reasons mainly because you'll need to go out and get everything else needed for the swap piecemeal. Again, cheaper just to buy a GT or swap with a donor.

Ppl suggesting the other swaps... not for a 16 yr old, not without an experienced person there helping at every step of the way.

What sort of budget do you have laid out for this swap?
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I rebuilt my first car when I was 15 years old. Age is not a excuse.
Mine was a 89 firebird with a 305.


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You'll spend less money and have to do no swap if you sell your car and just buy a GT. I speak from experience.

If you are dead set on the swap you will want a complete donor car. Swapping the motor out of the T-Bird is a bad idea for a variety of reasons mainly because you'll need to go out and get everything else needed for the swap piecemeal. Again, cheaper just to buy a GT or swap with a donor.

Ppl suggesting the other swaps... not for a 16 yr old, not without an experienced person there helping at every step of the way.

What sort of budget do you have laid out for this swap?

I'm hoping for under $1000


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I'm hoping for under $1000


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Old 01-01-2016, 06:42 PM   #10
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Here do this.

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