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Unread 2016-07-27, 05:17 PM   #1
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Default Good Place For a Ford Engine Swap?

Does anyone know of a good shop or person they know where I could pay to get my 3.8L V6 2002 Mustang Engine/Tranny swapped to a similar year 4.6L V8?
I've considered doing it myself but I have little mechanical knowledge and wouldn't want to bite off more than I can chew.

I live in Olathe, but I'm willing to travel if you guys know of anyone.

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My 2cents.

Don't do the swap, sell the 3.8 and buy a 4.6. In the end it will be much cheaper.
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My 2cents.

Don't do the swap, sell the 3.8 and buy a 4.6. In the end it will be much cheaper.
Yeah I have considered this, but the vehicle was a gift from my older brother, and so I don't want to sell it just out of respect, and I think it would be cool to kind of make it my own with an upgrade like that.
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You'll need the ecu and some other things to make it work. There are write ups out there on it just do some googling

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This.

If you are going to swap it, there are much better options than a box stock 4.6 that would make the effort and expense more worth it.

But as mentioned, go buy a V8.


If it was my brother, he'd be like "hell yeah!".


There is a member on the board here that has a nice red cobra vert that I'd bet he'd part ways with for a great deal
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My engine already has a slight knock in it, I don't think I could sell it for a whole lot and then I would still have to put a decent amount on top of that to get a good V8.

I can get a rear-end wrecked V8's for like $800, I just need to know of a good place that could do an engine swap that doesn't cost a whole lot of money.
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You realize you're going to be paying $90/hr easily, plus parts to do this, right?
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You realize you're going to be paying $90/hr easily, plus parts to do this, right?
Yeah I figure. I have heard people say they have paid around 800$ for a swap, so I am expecting something around that hopefully, I am just not sure of a trust worthy place to do this.
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And it just won't be a simple engine swap.

Front suspension
Transmission
Computer, wiring
Fuel system
Rear axle
Rear suspension
Braking system
All the other shit that will nickel and dime you to death

Unless you have a wrecked GT and can swap EVERYTHING...having someone do it for you will still cost you out the ass. IF you can do the majority of the work yourself, you might be okay, but that is a shitload of work, and you might be even at best.

If you current engine is knocking, your brother won't mind if you dump it like a hot turd and get a GT. They can be found for a reasonable price.
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And it just won't be a simple engine swap.

Front suspension
Transmission
Computer, wiring
Fuel system
Rear axle
Rear suspension
Braking system
All the other shit that will nickel and dime you to death

Unless you have a wrecked GT and can swap EVERYTHING...having someone do it for you will still cost you out the ass. IF you can do the majority of the work yourself, you might be okay, but that is a shitload of work, and you might be even at best.

If you current engine is knocking, your brother won't mind if you dump it like a hot turd and get a GT. They can be found for a reasonable price.
Yeah, I mention above just getting a wrecked GT, I think I can(and will) do most stuff myself, but an engine swap is something I don't really trust myself with.
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Yeah I figure. I have heard people say they have paid around 800$ for a swap, so I am expecting something around that hopefully, I am just not sure of a trust worthy place to do this.
You do realize that most people say "engine swap" it's pulling the old one out and putting in an exact same model of engine but from a junkyard or a re-manufactured one and not changing from one type/model to another.... I used to know a couple of guys that did nothing but that in their garages for folks - $7-800 and they pull the old engine out and put in whatever engine you buy and hook it all back up. Of course it was a cheap job - re-using coolant as much as possible, all old parts that you really should swap while it's out (i.e. belts, hoses, etc.) and NO work to any junkyard engine - no plugs, seals, leak fixes, etc. - you get what you pay for.

If you're really wanting to do the 6 to 8 swap I think everyone has it covered - buy a wrecked GT, park them side by side, pull the engine/trans/cradle, driveshaft, wiring, radiator, rear-end, etc. out of the V6 car and get rid of them then pull all the same pieces of the V8 car and swap it over piece by piece. It can be done by an average mechanic with an average set of tools and access to an engine crane, several big guys, or something to lift the body up from the cradle and pull everything out from the bottom (the good news is you can cut up the donor car to make pulling it forward easier...)

As for a shop to pay to do it - I'd say they'll have 40-50 hours in a well executed swap... you got $3-5k to pay for a swap on a car that's barely worth that? If you really didn't care - might roll the dice on some craigslist trolling and see if you can't find someone that just wants the challenge and is willing to work dirt cheap (or doesn't realize what they're getting into) - maybe you can find someone to do it for $25-30/hr cash and just hope they get it done....
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$800 is what the long block costs alone. I'd expect probably another grand in parts, and another grand in labor. At least. I would be surprised if you end up paying less than $2500 to be able to turn the key and start the car with a v8 in it.
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5.3/th400 time!


Come on KCSR, am I really going to be the first one? This place is slipping.
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op-just buy this


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