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Old 11-09-2010, 03:24 PM   #1
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i have a 96 mustang gt with a 2v sohc 4.6... it has an aluminum block and i was told they only did this for the first part of the year... does anyone know anything about this?
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1996, Mustang GT and Cobra got their first 4.6L SOHC and DOHC engines. In 2005, Mustang GT got 3-Valve SOHC power. Isn't it time you knew more about the engine Ford spent more than $1 billion developing to make Mustang the most advanced pony car ever?

Here are some of the Ford vehicles that use 4.6L Modular engines:
# 4.6L SOHC Engine introduced in '91 in the Lincoln Town Car
# '92 Crown Victoria and Grand Marquis 4.6L SOHC
# '93 Lincoln Mark VIII first to get 4.6L DOHC
# '94 Thunderbird 4.6L SOHC
# '96 Mustang GT and Cobra 4.6L SOHC and DOHC
# '97 Ford F150 and Expedition 4.6L SOHC
# '98 E-Series Vans 4.6L SOHC
# '99 6.8L SOHC V-10 introduced in new Super Duty trucks
# '00 Ford Excursion
# '02 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer 4.6L SOHC
# '03 Lincoln Aviator 4.6L DOHC

Basic Modular Engine Facts
There are two Modular engine plants in North America - Romeo, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario. Romeo is the old Ford Tractor plant. Windsor has been producing Ford engines since World War II. Although Romeo and Windsor Modular engines look the same on the surface, they are different inside. Here are the basic differences in Romeo and Windsor engines:
# Romeo was the only Modular engine plant from '91-'95.
# Windsor came on line for '96 to build 4.6L and 5.4L SOHC engines for trucks and vans
# Although Romeo is primarily a car engine plant, it has produced Modular engines for trucks
# Although Windsor is primarily a truck engine plant, it produced Modular engines for '99-'00 Mustang GT
# Romeo engines employ different blocks, heads, and cranks than Windsor although they look similar
# Most Romeo blocks are marked with an "R" in the casting
# Windsor blocks are all marked with a "W" in the casting in two places
# Romeo heads employ bolt-on cam journal girdles
# Windsor heads don't have cam journal girdles, just individual journals
# Because Romeo and Windsor engines have different timing cover/cam cover bolt hole sizing, it is best to use Romeo heads and blocks together and Windsor heads and blocks together
# Romeo blocks have jackscrew cross-bolted main caps
# Windsor blocks have dowel pin cross-bolted main caps
# Romeo engines have primarily six-bolt flywheel/flexplate flanges
# Windsor engines have eight-bolt flywheel/flexplate flanges
# Oil filter/cooling neck types vary depending on vehicle type
# Timing cover depends on vehicle type
# Romeo cam sprockets are zero-fit and slip right on
# Windsor cam sprockets are pressed on
# Romeo cam covers have 11 bolts
# Windsor cam covers have 13 bolts
# Difference timing covers for SOHC and DOHC
# Same basic timing chain/sprocket system for both SOHC and DOHC
# DOHC engines have secondary timing chains for secondary camshafts
# SOHC has a standard oil pump and DOHC has high volume


All 4.6 L 4-valve engines featured aluminum engine blocks with 6-bolt main bearing caps, with the only exception being the 2003–2004 SVT Cobra which had a 4-bolt main cast iron block. The 1999 and earlier engines featured an aluminum block cast in Italy by Fiat subsidiary Teksid S.p.A. Since 1996, all of the 4.6 L 4-valve engines manufactured for use in the SVT Cobra have been hand-built by SVT technicians at Ford's Romeo, Michigan plant.[5]
The 4-valve DOHC 4.6 L engine was on the Ward's 10 Best Engines list for 1996.

Vehicles equipped with the 32-valve DOHC 4.6 L include the following:
1993–1998 Lincoln Mark VIII, 280 hp (209 kW) and 285 lb·ft (386 N·m)
1995–1997 Lincoln Continental, 260 hp (194 kW) and 265 lb·ft (359 N·m)
1996–1998 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra, 305 hp (227 kW) and 300 lb·ft (407 N·m)
1995–1998 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC, 290 hp (216 kW) and 295 lb·ft (400 N·m)
1998–2002 Lincoln Continental, 275 hp (205 kW) and 275 lb·ft (373 N·m)
1999/2001 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra, 320 hp (239 kW) and 317 lb·ft (430 N·m)
2000-2001 Qvale Mangusta, 320 hp (239 kW) and 317 lb·ft (430 N·m)
2003-2005 MG X-Power SV, 320 hp (239 kW) and 317 lb·ft (430 N·m)
2000–2008 Panoz Esperante, 320 hp (239 kW) and 320 lb·ft (434 N·m) [6]
2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1, 305 hp (227 kW) and 320 lb·ft (434 N·m)
2004 Ford Mustang Mach 1, 310 hp (231 kW) and 335 lb·ft (454 N·m) [7]
2003–2004 Mercury Marauder, 302 hp (225 kW) and 318 lb·ft (431 N·m)
2003–2005 Lincoln Aviator, 302 hp (225 kW) and 318 lb·ft (431 N·m)


Ford Modular V-8 Engine - Romeo Windsor Blocks - Mustang & Fords Magazine


I don't think they even had aluminum blocks until 1999 DOHC
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i know its the original motor. it is deffinately aluminum. it is deffinately a single overhead cam. and it is deffinately a 96. manufactured 4/96. when i bought the car the guy told me they only did it for the first half of the year but thats all he knew about it.... and he was a dumbass!!! so i dont really know if he knows whats up...
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ohh... and it has the standard heads not the pi heads... but it does have the aluminum crossover on the intake manifold.
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i know its the original motor. it is deffinately aluminum. it is deffinately a single overhead cam. and it is deffinately a 96. manufactured 4/96. when i bought the car the guy told me they only did it for the first half of the year but thats all he knew about it.... and he was a dumbass!!! so i dont really know if he knows whats up...
I don't beleive your motor is aluminum. They only mid year change I know of is between the Romeo and Windsor blocks and then in the 01 Cobras from Teksid to WAP.
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im positive its aluminum... i ran a magnet across it just to be sure. i belive it may be a teskid block. not sure though. i have been building and workin cars for a long time and do know what im talkin about. this if my first mustang though and any info would be great.
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Old 11-12-2010, 01:04 PM   #7
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i had a 96 town car that i scrapped that had a 4.6l aluminum block but never thought of it being different until now, the motor was totally crap because of the rod going through it. maybe they had a batch of aluminum blocks to get rid of??? who knows?
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