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Old 10-14-2009, 09:13 PM   #1
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i have a 1980 mustang. it has the inline 6 k member but im going to swap in a 351w. will i need to change the k member? will a c4 bolt up to the 351w and i read that the aftermarket k members move the front wheels forward 3/4 to 2 inches is this true
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Re: engine swappp

I do believe you will need a new K-member. If you go with an auto transmission I do not know about the C4 but you can probably get a T-5 manual transmission to fit in nicely. The movement of the K member may depend on what K member you go with. Chances are if you go aftermarket you can probably find a near direct replacement. Getting a K member from another model year, different model altogether, or aftermarket for different applications you will probably have to do some custom fabrication work to avoid moving the entire suspension.
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i live in ny so if there is a chance that thre will be a stock k member on a mustang in my year it will be rusted to hell here so i think i might have to go after market and im still debating on the trans i would love to go to a standard but money is super tight cause i have to store my camaro and get a truck for winter
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Re: engine swappp

Rebuilt T-5s are pretty cheap, like $500 bucks. A guy here on LI buys them, rebuilds them and sells them.

You can still try going second hand maybe get lucky. I think there are quite a few "four eyed foxes" on ::LIStangs:: and since you are more upstate you may have some better luck with New York Mustangs - NY Mustang Club, forum cruises, shows, meets, races, events, message boards, and more. in finding some spare parts for the car.
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yea i dont even have that i make about $70 a week thanks to the dam economy and all my money goes into a truck fund cause the mustang dont have a engine and the camaro has 2 bald front tires
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so i just bought a hand built k member that will work with the stock a arms but it says it only uses coil overs are those just a bolt in instead the stock shocks and taking out the springs or is there more to it?
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Rebuilt T-5s are pretty cheap, like $500 bucks. A guy here on LI buys them, rebuilds them and sells them.

You can still try going second hand maybe get lucky. I think there are quite a few "four eyed foxes" on ::LIStangs:: and since you are more upstate you may have some better luck with New York Mustangs - NY Mustang Club, forum cruises, shows, meets, races, events, message boards, and more. in finding some spare parts for the car.
Please pm me that guys info. I need a trans for my 93 4 cyl to 8 cyl swap.
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back to my questions so i just bought a hand built k member that will work with the stock a arms but it says it only uses coil overs are those just a bolt in instead the stock shocks and taking out the springs or is there more to it?
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Re: engine swappp

Coil overs are springs over the shocks the stock springs come out and you use coil over style springs. Upr has a complete k member kit with control arms and coil overs for 700 total. Otherwise, you could get the qa1 and get the stock spring perches that let you use your stock springs with your stock a arms. Youmay be able to just buy the qa1 spring perches since you already have the kmember.
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i bought one off ebay that doesnt have the spring perches so i have to use coil over im just looking for some not too expensive ones cause im on a super tight budget ive gotten everything on this car as a gift or free
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Re: engine swappp

Spring perches are seperate pieces that bolt up to whee the kmember meets the frame. They are not brand specific.

As for coil overs, there is no such thing as a cheap coil over setup unless you can get them used off a wrecked car or from a buddy.
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not what i wanted to hear but ok as for the motor mounts do i need ones that bolt to an aftermarket k member or are they like any other motor mount that is available
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Re: engine swappp

It uses stock motor mounts. If tour stockers are still good, those are fine. If you need new ones, you just need stock replacements.

Perches will only run you about $60 I believe and you can just reuse your stuck suspension parts.
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i have inline 6 mount so ill have to get new ones any cheap mounts?
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150ish for the set no matter where you get them. That's aftermarket. OEM may be cheaper.
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:32 PM   #16
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what! everythings so dam expensive! im not made of money (not even close)
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