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Old 05-07-2005, 09:49 AM
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Help needed before I go to the Pick-N-Pull for a motor

I about to go to my local pick-n-pull (Ecology Recyclers here in San Diego) and get a 1990s era 351 Ford motor and C4 transmission for my '57 Ranchero. I have never done this before at a wrecker. I thought I would get input from the board and recommendations before I head off.

A few things I understand; Bring all the tools you own, get all the electronics and computer, follow the wire ends, and get the drive shaft. They provide a picker I'm told.

Are there any preferred years? Are there differences from the full size Fords to the Mustangs?

Recommendations and ideas welcome. Thx in advance, r

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get all the electronics and computer, follow the wire ends
i would take as much of the harness if not all & cut out what ya dont need later, that way you know for sure you have everything you need. also ya may want to mark both ends w/a stick-on number so u know what wires plug in what & where..
also dont forget u'll need an electric fuel pump, the donor car's is most likely in the tank & if ya can use the tank ya kill 2 birds w/1 stone.

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sorry cant tell ya that since i'm not a ford guy, but would guess they're all about the same.

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the Stangs may have a higher HP rating but then the fullsize cars & truck may be the same. but it'd be a lot easier to pull one from a full size car or truck in my opinion....joe
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Are there any preferred years? Are there differences from the full size Fords to the Mustangs?
I'm not a Ford guy either but I thought V-8 90's Mustangs only came with the 5.0.......
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Those were in the trucks..sooo you need to get one from a truck..Good choice as far as I am concerned..I have one in my truck and it works just fine..

If you can pull the engine/tranny as one unit..makes it easier at the yard..should be able to if the front sheet metal has been removed..

Be nice to the wrecker guy..price sometimes goes with that..

I set the little tags from a key shop to mark things with..sticky tags do not stick to grease..Grrr..

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I don't know if this applies to the model that's donating the engine. But, rather than undoing all EFI wiring connections, fasteners etc, from the engine, what a lot of guys do now is to disconnect the EFI connector at the computer and pull the connector out from the firewall. That leaves all critical connections on the engine in their original location and undisturbed.
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Great information!

Thank you all for taking the time to respond, r
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