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Old 07-23-2003, 10:37 PM
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Engine swap 4cyl to 302 small block

If anyone here knows cars/engines pretty well I would appreciate a lil info. I have looked at various sites and can't seem to find what I specifically need and the local Ford dealership was no help at all.
My wife passed on her 1993 Mustang LX to me when I bought the new car. It has the 2.3 Liter OHC Multi Port Electronic Fuel Injection, Twin Plug per cylinder 4 cylinder. It runs fine seeing as how she cracked the heads and the engine has had a partial rebuild but still I want to drop a small block (4 bolt main hopefully)carbeurated 302 HO in it.
What I need to know is...will the Auto Trans that is in the car and the rear axle gears, and the frame take it? I have been told Yes in the past but that was a long time ago and don't want to chance it.
Any help would be appreciated. No use in finding the right 302 engine, comp, and mod chip if it won't work on my budget.
All I am doing is playing around a bit and want a project car to use as stress relief. A 5.0 sounded good seeing as how it'll be redone and customized from the ground up eventually.
The other question is...will I need to acquire a special comp for new engine or just get the one for the 1993 5.0 LX? I have only recently dabbled in comps and not sure of the newer products out there.
Thanks to anyone kind enough to answer. (sad part is that I am at heart a Bowtie man)

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Old 07-23-2003, 10:59 PM
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Old 07-23-2003, 11:08 PM
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LOL So true. The 5.0 was always worshipped among my friends growing up. I just thought for the most part they were ugly except for the shelby cobras. Now I have a chance to make one my style and just drooling.
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The swap is pretty easy, but the trans and rearend will have to go. The rearend will hold for a little while but the trans will need to be changed since the engine won't bolt up to it. The body is probably in solid shape since it has 4 in it and hasn't seen much power. The easiest way to do a conversion like that is to find a wrecked 'stang/Capri(the 'stang based one)/T-bird/Cougar with a 302 and swap the parts out from it, the '85 and later'bird/Cougar has a little wider rearend but it fits.

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Old 07-24-2003, 04:50 PM
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Thanks Woodz428. Thats pretty much what I was looking for. I was told today it can be done and that yes the frame can take it. It's the same body for a '93 GT with a 2.3 instead. Just gotta change the radiator, fan, alternator,wire harness and computer. I was also told it's best to keep the engine Fuel Injected. *sigh*
Thanks all for the help. Gonna be my first project...now to start.
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Just watch out for the low-output 5.0's in the pre-89 T-birds/Cougars. They are not HO engines, although they look similar.
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