1996 5.0 v8 swap

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  1. stowahstang

    stowahstang New Member

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    This has been a project long time coming. I have had a few Fox body mustangs that I got ready to do V8 swaps and never finished. Had a 393 stroker with brodix al heads all built up rated at around 400hp, that was 10+years ago, ended up trading the engine for a boat. Last year I started to help a friend do a LS swap into a 84 El Camino that had a diesel in it and got the bug to do my own finally. Guess better late then never. I had owned this sn95 5 years ago with the plans to put in the 393 stroker and got to buy it back cheap. Wish I still had the engine.
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    Was looking for just a door and fender and found a good deal on a salvage GT 5.0 5 speed, so I decided to dive in.
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    Gutted out the GT for all the parts.
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    Found another SN95 V6 5speed, swapped the door and front fender and OEM cobra hood to help with repainting.
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    Tore it down to clean it up. Ugly.
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    New parts and paint, looking better
     
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    stowahstang New Member

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    Engine cleaned up ready to go
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    Little bumper repair
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    Paints done. Maybe a little more wet sanding and buffing.
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    V6 is out.
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    Forgot to save the 5.0 kmember from the GT.
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    Used a 5.0 kmember from a 88 lx fox. Bolted right in.
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    Had to do a little rewiring on the v6 engine fuse harness to make it work with the v8 harness. Swapped the instrument cluster from the gt
    Now a 1996 5.0 5 speed.
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    Took it out for a drive and did a good shake down. All turned out great just a little driveline vibration and a lot of wheel hop
    Just finished installing MM rear lower control arms, hope this helps the wheel hop.
     
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    1998cobrasvt Well-Known Member

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    Great job man, you really brought her back to life! Will be following your build. Keep us updated!
     
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    Good Job!!!!!
     
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    WOW! This thread is awesome! Dood you been busy, but your efforts have paid off. The car looks great!
     
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    Just changed the tail housing bushing for the drive shaft. Super easy 1 hr job, with the tool I was able to borrow from the transmission shop that sold me the bushing. Now hope it fixed the driveline vibration.
     
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    Vibration not totally gone but is a lot better. Plan on looking for a driveshaft this winter. Ebay side markers installed. Don't fit like factory, but for $24 total shipped they will work.[​IMG]
    Need to do some wire chasing to get the cruse control working again.
     
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    that is awesome I like this thread good job your car looks good
     
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    Nice build! You completely saved a mustang.

    The big question is : OBD1 or 2 ?
     
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    OBD1
     
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    Can you do obd2 on a 95 ecm. If so what are the advantages?
     
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    The explorer 5.0's were obd2 but they are also cam sensored instead of using a distributor. There's not really as much tuning options available for that ecm.

    If you wanted to go with a cam sensor and c.o.p then you can do it with standalones like the Holley efi system.

    Way more tuning options then and not having to worry about he darn pip module going out is nice.


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    That's a question that you will get mixed opinions on. The reason I ask is because iirc 96 mustang 3.8l were OBD2 compliant, so when you swapped over I was curious if I missed something. I think all OBD2 5.0l were using a coil pack.

    Still lots of respect for your build
     
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    Thanks. It was a fun project

    I used the 96 v6 dash harness without modifying it. The 95 GT dash harness I had was basically the same, and it had the obdii port that isn't used, i guess. I used the 95 GT speedo/tach and left the 96 fuel/temp and battery/oil pressure gauges in. I think all the warning lights work, haven't tested them yet, having to much fun driving it. Good winter project.
     
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    Here is the interior. Working on the shifter boot and plan on fixing the worn driver seat this winter.
     
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    Not perfect but good enough for doing it myself for about $30. Now I'll have to do the passenger side to match.

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    Glad to see this thread revived! How's the beast driving??
     
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    Haven't had it out yet. Just starting to dry up from winter. I have some new exhaust and H&R lowering coils to install this spring before I take it out. Cleaning up the garage this weekend.

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