My time has finally come to put some more pep in the tired, old five liter. I started accruing parts last year and really picked up quite a bit in the last few months. For now, my plan is to start with a h/c/i 308 short block built by Doug Vanstrom and possibly put a little show into her next year. I waited until after the Mustang Rally of the Finger Lakes to dig into engine, and I still have a few odds and ends left to get to complete the change.
Less than 24 hours after coming home from the Rally I brought her into the garage..
Some parts in the hatch, the rest are laying in the garage bay.
One last shot of the engine bay with the stock motor.
Some of the pics came out blurry, didn't notice that when I took them though.
Trickflow Specialties 170 cylinder heads on top of the short block, the cam is a XE 270 HR - 14. Was going to use a stock cam but came across this cam for a good deal, will also be using 1.7 roller rockers.
Radiator, electric fan, and the hoses are the first things to come out..
The A/C condenser and power steering pump and the bracket were the next things to come out.
The air box, maf, and air intake were taken off too.
Now the other side of the accessories, were unbolted, the alternator and the smog pump (which will not be making its way back on).
Never replaced a water pump before so I didn't expect there to be much coolant left in there after draining.. Of course it went on the floor.
Took off the egr stuff, this will remain in the car, doesn't hurt to have it, turns off under WOT. Then I removed the upper intake and found some weird yellow and blue tie dye mark on the bottom of it. Wtf to that, lol.
Fuel rail and injectors were removed before the lower intake. The lower intake was next, some bracket on the back of the intake had to be taken off first. Didn't understand what use it was other than to be in the way. The valve covers came off too, need to test fit them with the 1.7s. A few of the old roller lifters will be converted to solid lifters to properly degree the cam and find the correct push rod length.
Another shot of the engine bay, significantly less cluttered, ha ha.
The heads looked pretty clean on top, I did a good job at keeping it maintained, no sludge!
Thanks man, I'm "borrowing" the bay for a few weeks from my dad's friend. His Mach 1 has been in that garage for years, now it's not, but I thought I had to follow suit and do some major work in there.
Yesterday, I took the rest of the smog bs off, drained the oil, took the oil sender out and started unbolting the headers.
Today, it doesn't look like I got very far but the engine is all ready to come out. My dad came up to help me get it ready to pull, the one motor mount nut was on there tight, had to put the torch on it to get it off. I forgot to take a pic of the driver's side motor mount, but it was definitely shot. :nono: