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Hey all,
So I just bought my first Mustang an 06 manual ($500, what a steal!). The twist is the the engine is DONE. For now I’m just gonna throw in a V6 but I want to jump up to 8 eventually.

Do I just use a step up from the midpipe and link up a V8 exhaust after that? Or will it affect low end torque in a bad way?

Anyway here are some plans that I think I may do:

V6 or 8 I want to turbocharge. Any setup suggestions?

I want to throw in an 8:8 diff (of course for the 8 swap) would be a good idea for the 6 anyway?

I’m throwing in a centerforce dual friction clutch when I have the engine out. Any other suggestions on what I should do when the bay is empty?

I want to wide body it. I think the stance would just make it look so mean. Plus better cornering?

Throttle body, spacer, intake?

I pretty much went crazy with my imagination

Last one would be to flip the 6 and buy an 8? haha either way suggestions would be nice
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Hey all,
So I just bought my first Mustang an 06 manual ($500, what a steal!). The twist is the the engine is DONE. For now I’m just gonna throw in a V6 but I want to jump up to 8 eventually. well that's why it was so cheap lol, replace the engine with an identical one that runs and call it good for now

Do I just use a step up from the midpipe and link up a V8 exhaust after that? Or will it affect low end torque in a bad way? no it won't but you won't gain any power or anything, I'd just get a good sixxer exhaust once you verify everything else is running well and no other issues

Anyway here are some plans that I think I may do:

V6 or 8 I want to turbocharge. Any setup suggestions? on3 kit for a Coyote swap, but how fast do you want to go and how much experience do you have with fast cars? NA the Coyote 8 can run 10s

I want to throw in an 8:8 diff (of course for the 8 swap) would be a good idea for the 6 anyway? if it needs a new rear it couldn't hurt, but if the 7.5 is good for now just roll with it

I’m throwing in a centerforce dual friction clutch when I have the engine out. Any other suggestions on what I should do when the bay is empty?clean and paint, and I'd go with an Exedy Mach 400 clutch if it was me

I want to wide body it. I think the stance would just make it look so mean. Plus better cornering? they look like ****, and only gonna get better cornering if you do a full blown custom wide suspension which is only worth it for a fully prepped track car

Throttle body, spacer, intake?worthless, the fact that you are considering either of these as a mod means you need to hit the brakes and do a lot more educating yourself with these engines/cars. This is not an insult, we were all there wanting to bolt on this and that and the other... but almost every single "bolt on" for these cars is snake oil from cold air intakes to bigger throttle bodies to spacers to pullies etc... Exhaust and tune is the only thing that'll make a worthwhile power gain

I pretty much went crazy with my imagination

Last one would be to flip the 6 and buy an 8? haha either way suggestions would be niceFix the 6, flip it and then pick up a nice 11-14 V8 or if the insurance is too much (call them and check) or the price is too much, the 11+ V6 is actually really good too
Thanks


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Responded in bold. Fix this thing up as in new engine, clutch, pull the seats/carpet and clean the **** out of them, repair/restore the paint if possible, any touch ups that need to get done and either drive it as is or flip it. Taking a $500 beat to **** S197 Mustang and doing all the stuff to it you are talking about doing is going to wind up costing you more than just saving up and buying a clean 11+ GT.
 

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Responded in bold. Fix this thing up as in new engine, clutch, pull the seats/carpet and clean the **** out of them, repair/restore the paint if possible, any touch ups that need to get done and either drive it as is or flip it. Taking a $500 beat to **** S197 Mustang and doing all the stuff to it you are talking about doing is going to wind up costing you more than just saving up and buying a clean 11+ GT.


The body and interior are actually pretty spotless. The idiot that owned it before me along with his “mechanic” didn’t think to check that was a hole in the valve cover even with the top half covered in oil (he ran it dry). I still got it up and running on the side of the highway haha. As for driving fast cars I learned to drive in one of my dads camaros and have been driving since I was 13 (24 now) and my daily right now is a mkiv GTI with a K04 a couple of other mods and a good tune. Not “FAST” but super zippy and fun to drive. Forgot to mention big brake kit haha. I don’t think the engine will actually cost me much, my dads friend owns a towing and auto wrecking co. We got a 3v 5.4 V8 with low miles from there for $250.

Of course I was also researching for good forged internals considering the want for TC. I don’t know how fast I want to go. Considering it’s gonna be a daily driver, I’m not planning on trying to break the sound barrier, just something fun that’s puts down power to get up and go when I want or need it too. My experience with turbos is that they’re fun and help with fuel efficiency which is why I asked about the throttle body and intake ( I was curious about the spacers because in my mind adding a couple of CMs shouldn’t amount to more power).
I also hope you don’t think I mean to stance the **** out of it haha those are the dumbest things I’ve ever seen and spell out money when something goes wrong. Just a more aggressive looking wider base.

Anyway thanks a lot for responding. I always do hours and hours of research before I even open the hood. Just thought I’d take some of my thoughts to the forums and hope someone with more knowledge than me could help.

From what I’ve read it’s hard to even get the six up to 300 rwhp


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Maybe hard to get it up to 300rwhp on a dyno... but I'd be more concerned with actual performance. Leave the dyno sheet fights to the 45 year old dudes with 800hp GT500s that can't even run a 10 that jack off each other's egos before popping a Viagra and going home hoping the wife is in a good mood.

/rant...

If you just want a driver that has a little get up and go when you need it. Swap in a good 4.0 V6 from a JY, 4.10s in the back, tune it and go. It'll perform better than you think... the gears will help a lot. Gas mileage with the 4.0 is not great... but... it is what it is.

I still say do the replacement V6 swap and then flip it. Make some money and put it towards your current daily or getting a reliable beater that gets 30+mpg. I have a hatch that I can get 50mpg out of if I granny shift it and I drive that more than my 4V swapped Mustang TBTH... sadly...
 
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