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Possible evil project... (Furd involved)

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by PhoenixZorn, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. PhoenixZorn

    PhoenixZorn 1/2 ton status

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    So, we have a customer who has a 92-93 T-Bird with a 3.8L V6 that is currently blown. He's not fixing it as far as I know, and I happen to have an extra SM465 2wd tranny and a 327 block that I'm rebuilding. How cool or uncool would it be to drop my 4 speed and 327 in that t-bird and make it a sleeper?
     
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    Shoot,,just put one of those crate 351 strokers in it, whole lot easier. Save the 327 for a Monza.
     
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    Good idea... I'm gonna go find a Monza on ebay now... lol...
     
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    having actually done a motor swap in an MN12 t bird, and seen the constraints of the engine compartment, i will say that a chevy sb probably wont fit with out major surgery to the pan or the crossmember. the ford motors are a tight fit as is, and i'd think youd be looking at big bucks as far as custom work goes(mounts ,pan, steering mods, etc) the shifter for the trans would also be coming up somewhere under the dash, inline with your ankles. these cars are long in the cowl area. :(

    that being said, the mn12 tbird chassis is awesome for a fullsize coupe. Irs= corner carver. I'd see if i could find a motor from a wrecked 3.8 mustang or even a supercoupe( i see them in the paper here all the time) pop some head gaskets on it while its out (3.6's are notorious for headgaskets) slap it in and have a good time. :p:


    BTW i have a 94 4.6L LX :rolleyes:

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    Two words:

    Datsun 240Z

    ~2200 lbs curb weight, IRS, and sexy, you do the math :)
     
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    ever tried to shift ANY sm465 fast?


    balzer
     
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    There was one of these for sale near where I live, it had a Ford 302 and 5 speed manual in it.
     
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    a trans built for a heavy duty truck, stuffed in a car? yeah, that'll probably work REAL good, if it even fits. :rolleyes:
     
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    the trans is your biggest problwm, essentially you would have a 3 speed wide ratio, it would not be fun to drive at all.
     
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    Thats exaclty what I was thinking. Your motor might be putting out 450 hp, but with such a wide ratio between the gears (and a 6.55:1 granny first that you wont see on the street), it still wont be fast. Ive got an idea. SFA the car, then drop in the engine, 4wd tranny, and put a lift on it. That would be sweet. :D
    -Harrison
     
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    highly unlikely from a 327. even if it did happen, it would be so radical, driving around the block wouldnt be anywhere near practical.
     
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    Indeed... if I had 450 hp out of a 327, I'd be running alcohol in the prostock class... heh...
     
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    I've got an idea, too. Let the T-bird go to the junkyard, where it belongs.
     
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    I think that's where it's headed... heh
     
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    not worth it..

    My friend had 2 T-birds like those,one was a V-6,the other was a 302 V8..the V-6 one has a funky rear axle,that is pretty weak,has Mcphearson struts,is similar to a corvette setup with driveshafts,instead of a solid axle,only not very rugged..a V8 would shred that thing pretty easy,only has 4 bolt hubs too..the V8 one he had ,used a normal ford rear end,and had 5 lug hubs..

    I feel it would be a waste of time,effort,and a good chevy small block to put it in that T-bird..IMO... :crazy:

    The good news is scrap is 80 bucks a ton in most places now--so you'll get about 150-175 bucks for it at the scales..a few weeks woth of beer and pretzels!.. ;)
     

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