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Old 10-13-2005, 09:56 AM
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Hello,
I am the proud owner of a 51 Ford 2-dr sedan that I just bought earlier this fall. The car has a Mustang II crossmember with chevy mounts and a 60's Ford Maverick rear end. I am planning on eventually building up a 302 and dropping it in, but in the meantine I want to get the car running and driving reliably while I take my time to save and plan for the Ford motor that will be permanent (in the future). I have the opportunity to buy a rolled low-miles 1997 Camaro Z28 complete (auto trans) for an next to nothing. My automotive experience thus far has mainly been with muscle cars with carburated motors.

My questions are:

1) Has anyone done this swap, how difficult is it? I know the wiring will be a pain, but since I can have the entire car and wiring harness, how bad will it be? Is the wiring the most difficult part?

2) What are some of the most overlooked things when swapping in a late-model fuel-injected engine into an older hotrod? fuel delivery? cooling?

Any comments and/or advice are greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-13-2005, 10:25 AM
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1) Has anyone done this swap, how difficult is it? I know the wiring will be a pain, but since I can have the entire car and wiring harness, how bad will it be? Is the wiring the most difficult part?
Yes I have, with the very same engine you would be using. I installed mine int a 94 S-1o truck, very tight fit. So the 51 Ford should have a much larger engine bay. If your good with wire schematic, I say use the original wire harness, if not buy one from painless. You will need to get the ECM programed for this application, turn off the anti-theft, I used these guys for the computer programing.

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Electric fuel pump,fuel return line, Fittings to connect your fuel lines to the engine (I will find the company I bought mine from later).

I can assume that the engine is a LT1 with the 4L60E trans.
I can help if you need.

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Permanent motor

By the time you get done with doing what you propose to do you will have enough time and money invested to build a nice 302 that you really want..so i would just go and find a 302 to build...

what ever you do get a plan and stick with it or it never gets done..

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Thanks for the comments. Steve, I will probably email you with some questions at some point down the road.
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By the time you get done with doing what you propose to do you will have enough time and money invested to build a nice 302 that you really want..so i would just go and find a 302 to build...

what ever you do get a plan and stick with it or it never gets done..

OMT

I agree with OMT.
If you want a Ford engine in it, do it.

Buy that Z and you can dump the Chevy stuff for more than enough to build the SBF that you want.

If you do the job right putting that fuelie Z in it now,

I promise you that you will NEVER ever be happy with a SBF in it later...

and I'm a Ford guy.

There is just no comparison between engines. It would not be any big decision for me... I'd do the Z.

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I agree to.
The Chevy will fit different and the tranny and engine mounts will all have to be changed from Chevy to Ford. Xtra hassle in my .02 worth. Just build the 302 and drop it in. HG
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I agree to.
The Chevy will fit different and the tranny and engine mounts will all have to be changed from Chevy to Ford. Xtra hassle in my .02 worth. Just build the 302 and drop it in. HG
Oh ya, but that fuelie Chevy will be sooooooooo sweeeet and powerful compared to a SBF.

The fuelie set up is not that difficult. Use the entire Z harness and modify to fit locations. The wiring is simple, not necessarily easy, but simple. But the rewards are well worth it. Man you got a great chassis, now bring it into the 90s. (And I bet it will get as much mileage as a carb 302.)

I have done Ford fuelies. I drive a 5.0 HO T-5 in a 63 Fairlane Hardtop.

That other stuff you asked about is pretty simple and easy. Send me PM and I will let you know how to keep in touch with me by email.

Ford Guy' x

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