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Old 01-07-2004, 01:23 PM
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fixing 6 or dropping in v8?

ok heres the situation, the other day i was driving my car the radiator blew on the freeway so i drove the car till i got to an exit and as soon as the car turned off the whole car started smoking. i removed the radiator and its gone completly and i checked out the heads and whenever i crank the motor it wont move at all and just smells like smoke. My question is, is it worth it to fix it for a time being till i can drop in a v8 or just not even try and just wait. im not sure what is messed up on the engine. im just a hobby mechanic. all i know is that it smells like alot of smoke coming from inside the heads and the heads had no oil on them at all.


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Old 01-07-2004, 07:42 PM
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I would scrap the 6 cylinder. Now is the time to switch over to a roller cammed 5.0.
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I'd drop the $$ into a V8 swap. By the time you get done diagnosing and repairing the V6, you'll probably end up spending just as much cash.
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yeah i think i am just gonna swap in the v-8 i have a 351 cleveland in my garage from my stepdads old car its just been sitting there for a year since last used. i think ima trade someone this engine for a 302 or 5.0 and then finish off that engine.
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What year is the car? I'd venture to say the 5.0 build up is gonna be more economical, and probably easier to modify, due to an aftermarket rich in late model accessories. Parts for those are simply more plentiful. Even finding parts for a 351W is fairly easy. But from what I'm told, finding parts for a Cleveland (especially go fast goodies) can be a challenge.
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Take a breaker bar, attach it to the harmonic balancer bolt and turn the engine my hand to see if it is siezed up. If it isnt, run a compression test on it. If ya got compression check for spark and timing, if ya got spark check for fuel, if ya got all that it should run again!

EDIT: and of course the little things, check the oil and coolant to make sure there is no coolant in the oil or no floating oil in the coolant.

If your saying the engine turns over but the car wont move at all then check the flywheel to make sure nothing has snapped(but I'm sure you would hear it) if everything looks okay than your looking at a new tranny or rear end.
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Does your stang have 4 lug wheels? If so, you'll need to upgrade the whole suspension. I own a 66 Mustang, The stock V8 set up isn't the greatest, let alone the 6. The 6's spindles are weak, the brakes are too small, the rear axle fragile. big work to convert to a V8.
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