MC Needs your advice!!!

Discussion in '96-04 - 4V Specific' started by MustangChris, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. MustangChris

    MustangChris Post Whore Retired Staff SN95 Supporter

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    So, as we all know, my engine is garbage (probably should have just bought a honda.)

    Anyways, it spun a bearing (or something. theres glitter in the oil.)

    so, now its time to decide what to do.

    Do I?:

    #1) salvage what I have - fully disassemble the engine, polish the crank, fix.
    #2) save up (for years?) and stroke it - fully disassemble the engine, replace crank, etc.
    #3) Start a whole new build (for years.) - teksid block, stroker kit, C-head top end (off current motor)

    keep in mind im poor.

    I'm leaning towards #2.

    what do you guys think?

    If I do go #2, what should I do while im in there?? I've heard the B-head intake cams are better, is this true?? Do i replace the rods/pistons, are those going to fail at 650 HP? etc. etc. etc.

    I dont really know the week points of these terminator motors, so just shoot me some advice! :)
     
  2. KillNThrill24

    KillNThrill24 Legend

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    MC haha I love it.


    Anyways you should sell it to me!!! Haha actually at this moment I prob can't afford it hit me up in a month lol.


    If you spun a bearing, just tear it down and start over salvaging what you can since your like most of us a and can't afford to replace with all fresh internals. And IIRC the termi motors are all forged internals meaning they SHOULD be safe to at least 650 but don't quote me on that. Just take it little by little. If you got another car drive it. If not, drop a 2v in it (unless you got rid of it) and drive it around while you rebuild
     
  3. KillNThrill24

    KillNThrill24 Legend

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    Pistons are your weak point my friend. If your looking to make 700+ upgrade those if not you'll be fine. I just checked :)
     
  4. Orange 94

    Orange 94 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    I would try to salvage and see where that gets you. or save up and jam one of those new 5.0 in there with a pretty supercharger on top :)
     
  5. greenscobie86

    greenscobie86 Well-Known Member

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    Why not just put new bearings in it, micro polish the crank and go from there? (If thats the case)

    I say find out whats broken, fix it(If you have the money) and start driving it...
     
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    Part it out, or sell the engine as is and get your self a new 5.0 to put in there.....btw, how is the crank?
     
  7. white95

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    Go the "easy route" and only fix what's broken. It's no fun having a long mod list to post about and no seat time...


    Take it from me, enjoy your car..
     
  8. MustangChris

    MustangChris Post Whore Retired Staff SN95 Supporter

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    Thats what im thinking. Just fix it....

    Havent disassembled it yet
     
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    This is my vote. Termi shortblocks are no slouch.

    If you feel the itch to get more cubes down the road. Do it right and do a big bore. These have enough stroke as it is. Or do both. But big bores > non big bore stroker.

    The 96-98 intake cams have more duration. They are IIRC 202 compared to around 180 iirc. 99 cams are like 200 so you can keep your eye out for those as well as they can also be had cheap.
     
  10. MustangChris

    MustangChris Post Whore Retired Staff SN95 Supporter

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    So, BigBore (and fellow folks) is the duration will be benificial on a F/I motor?? why didnt ford put them in in the first place?
     
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    Absolutely more duration will be beneficial to you. In n/a engines you can pick up 20+rwhp. In your boosted engine, it will be even more.
     
  12. MustangChris

    MustangChris Post Whore Retired Staff SN95 Supporter

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    anything else I should look into while im there? exhaust cams??
     
  13. RichV

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    #1 short term
    #2 long term
     
  14. FrankenStang

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    if i were in your boat....id sell frankenstang that cobra manifold off the motor for some money down and a few payments....and then id start hunting for a PI sohc 4.6 motor sinc eits so cheap and easy swap and put that in the stang untill you figure out EXACTLY what you wanna do...and maby ud end up wnating to max that motor out since its soooo much cheaper todo so...either way man ulle figure it out and have fun doing so...

    id also start tearing down your engine and find EXACTLY whats wrong with it, it may be best for you to just fix whats wrong....may not cost all that much and if you get a hand lended for help it may not take long at all....
     
  15. chris91

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    He has a Terminator swap in his car. No manifold for you. And for the price of a PI engine he could damn near have his rebuilt...

    I vote for #1, just having yours rebuilt.
     
  16. MustangChris

    MustangChris Post Whore Retired Staff SN95 Supporter

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    so, there was constantly a "pop" in the exhaust... I would like to check out the status of the valves. any way to do that without dis-assembly?? compression and leakdown tests?
     
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    i went thru this with my old 03 cobra. Trust me its way cheaper to just order a new long block from mmr and part out the engine you have to recoupe some of your costs.
     
  18. MustangChris

    MustangChris Post Whore Retired Staff SN95 Supporter

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    are you cereal????
     
  19. FrankenStang

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    i see Pi eng go for under 800 all day long....just saying....easy breezy, and then he could save and build the engine he wants and when hes ready throw it on it...and an 800 dollar engine for his car beats a 1000 beats driving a beater taht would require insurance and a title...
     
  20. 96TANGERINEGT

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    Dude u should buy a gt500 motor .. Hahahahah. That would be cool..