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Old 07-17-2012, 01:58 AM   #1
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Questions about Swapping Motor...

Hey everyone, so today's a sad day for this mustang owner.

It all started with a little ticking noise about a week ago, which eventually turned into a slight knocking a few days ago, which then today turned into "WTF!". Turns out I threw a rod, and am now out a daily driver.

I found a used 2v (83k) motor from a 96 GT for very cheap and am more than likely going to grab it to throw in my car. My question is, being that I've never done a swap before, will the motor be okay in my car? It's coming from a manual trans car and I have an auto...I understand that 96-04 all used 4.6 2v so I shouldn't have any problems should I? Any tips or tricks on making the swap a little easier on myself?

Sorry if these are some noob questions I just want to get all of my info correct before I go jumping on a used motor...I'd appreciate any help!
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Hey everyone, so today's a sad day for this mustang owner.

It all started with a little ticking noise about a week ago, which eventually turned into a slight knocking a few days ago, which then today turned into "WTF!". Turns out I threw a rod, and am now out a daily driver.

I found a used 2v (83k) motor from a 96 GT for very cheap and am more than likely going to grab it to throw in my car. My question is, being that I've never done a swap before, will the motor be okay in my car? It's coming from a manual trans car and I have an auto...I understand that 96-04 all used 4.6 2v so I shouldn't have any problems should I? Any tips or tricks on making the swap a little easier on myself?

Sorry if these are some noob questions I just want to get all of my info correct before I go jumping on a used motor...I'd appreciate any help!
Don't get a 96 engine. Its the weakest of the modular v8s. Look for one out of a 99+ They are a straight drop in. The 96 is a non pi engine that makes 215 hp compared to the new edge pi engine with 260. You also have different ignition systems and I believe changes to the fuel delivery system. Long story short, get a 99-04 engine or rebuild yours. (I say all this assuming from ur profile pic you have a 99-04 car.) Gl!
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You will be disappointed if you step down to a non-Pi engine
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:00 PM   #4
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Re: Questions about Swapping Motor...

Well, I'm doing a Coyote swap into my 2000 GT -- I bought the car new in 2000, the motor has a ton of miles on it -- I've always taken care of it though and it still doesn't use oil.

Has the upgraded intake (with the aluminum cross-over), Accel coil-overs, BBK 70mm TB with CAI -- may be really far from you though (it's going to be out of the car in the next couple of days).

Let me know if you're interested.
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Wow -_- I can't believe I didn't even think that it would be a downgrade. I got the bad news and started searching like crazy for a 4.6 and didn't even consider that 99+ uses PI heads. So a 99+ motor it is then, this is gonna be fun lol.

Also fericyde, I see your in Ohio your just a little top far for me I really didn't wanna travel too much to find one I appreciate the offer though!
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Re: Questions about Swapping Motor...

hey, no problem -- I work in Minnesota though -- the motor is really there (so probably even further out of your driving distance) -- go for the PI swap for sure, it's the least painful route.

Also -- the long-block is available directly through Ford -- you can get the motor, sans intake, plugs and wiring (just the heads and rotating assembly) from them for somewhere around $3 grand (possibly less if you have a mechanic friend). And here's the kicker -- the ford re manufactured long-block I'm describing here (I was told had) a 3 year unlimited mileage warranty -- this is all what I'm told, but I'd investigate it. It's another option at least -- drop a bit more cash and shore up against another failure.

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