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Old 02-15-2015, 01:15 PM   #1
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So I still have an 86 mustang GT convertible, I need some expert info on how I should do this for a daily driver, I'm 15 and i'm a freshman in high school. I want a manual 5 speed transmission, and something with around 300 horsepower. I was leaning toward buying a 302 Windsor and a T-5 world class transmission but i cant find anything to rebuild under $1000. If anyone could help me, or even give me pointer on where to look i would be 100% grateful. Thanks in advance.
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First off what engine and tranny are in the car right now? Can they be rebuilt? 300 HP is pretty simple to get out of a 302 you might want to hit up the junk yards in your area and find you with a warranty on it to start.

First off you need to make sure a 302 and the T5 will fit with out major work on the frame.
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so it has no engine in it, and i'm still selling the C4 trani it has to this moment.
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OK do you know what engine was in it? Changing from an auto to a stick is now as easy as it sounds. There are a lot of little parts you will need to get in order for the clutch to work. I still think JY with a warranty is your best bet on a long block.
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it had a 429 with the C4 and it was already a stick shift, so it still has the clutch, i just need the actual parts to make it go vroom
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An '86 with a 429? You serious Clark? Something doesn't jive right with that. 302 was the largest displacement in '86.


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I don't know how the previous owner fit that thing in there, but he dropped it in front of me.
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I'd propbably be looking for a donor car with the engine and transmission you are looking for. If you are planing on rebuilding it all then im sure you can pick up one cheap. Just have to keep an eye out just look up "project cars" or parts cars they are out there and are probably the best bet for swaps that way you will have all the brackets and everything and you will be able to see how everything is hooked up before dismantling it


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Hopefully he didn't cut up the car too badly installing the 429. They are very wide and very heavy.
Can you take some pictures of the engine bay to show us.
As mentioned, really finding an engine and trans together would be best. If you could find one out of an 85 Mustang would be preferable because they still had a carb. If not you are going to have a computer to run the fuel injection on an 86 or later 302.
If you want a carburetor on the motor basically any 302 from early 70's will fit, but you will need motor mounts, transmission mount for the 5spd. I think the 86 had a cable clutch if I remember. It's been a long time since I had my 86 Capri 5.0 with 5spd. I bought the car new in 86.
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