Originally Posted by 2005GT
No, this was a self install. It went super smoothly for 10k no issues at all. How difficult would a engine swap be? and are there any differences in the 2005-2009 wiring harnesses?
I'm starting my swap next week for my 2005 V6 Mustang
(blown head gasket, warped head, cracked block, ruptured t-stat housing, faulty water pump and damaged radiator.)
I'm a college kid too. Let me tell you, trying to budget a rebuild is stressful, especially when you don't have a ride to work.
My advice: buy everything... NOW. You'll get a better deal.
As far as parts go, you'll need pretty much the entire car.
radiator hoses with stat housing
ac compressor with lines (upper and lower)
power steering pump with lines
driveshaft from either a 2005-2010 V6 Automatic or 2005 -2010 V8 Manual
8.8 rear end
front springs and shocks
Front brakes (rotor and caliper)
8 -10 hours a day in about a weekends time for install and tune.
If you can't locate majority of your electrical parts, you'll need a PATS disabled tune. If you don't, your car will go into a "limp" mode.
My suggestion to you: gather your essentials and price point all of it. If it's more than you can afford, buy another car.
After weeks of research and calling shops like Dallas Mustang and Evolution Performance and many Ford dealerships, this is what I've found: V8 to V8 will marry if it's the matching year set.
2005 can marry to a 2006 without issues
2005 to 2007, will need to modify and get a PATS tune, because they adopted a rectangular inlets/outlets for most electrical fittings
2005 to 2008 - 2009 will need to modify and get a PATS tune.
2005 to 2010 will need to modify and get a PATS tune.
2005 to 2011 - 2016; you'll need the entire car with every part.
V6 to V8 will never marry without heavy modification.
My total cost:
$3000 - engine, transmission, PCM, ECU, Alternator, AC and balancer
$250 - harnesses and hoses
$235 - driveshaft, radiator, CAI
$400 - brembo brakes set
$75 - gas pedal, gauge cluster, stock shifter
$150 - forklift rental
$?? - Looking for a new exhaust system.
$200 - AC Lines
$150 - 2013 Shelby steering wheel (F.S.A.G)
= ~$4,460.00 in parts. If I wanted someone to install for me, it's another $7000-$14,000.
Of course, you're just doing a heart transplant, so your cost will be very minimal. The mechanical work will be easy, but the electrical work will be a challenge. Do some research on electrical harnesses for 2005 - 2009. I'd shoot for a 2005 - 2006 GT.
Best of luck! Keep us posted!