TCCoA Forums banner

1 - 20 of 27 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
118 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
my FREE 1994 thunderbird 3.8 auto lx is on some high miles... the odometer STOPPED at 195,435.7 OVER a year ago... so i could have over 250,000 on stock motor........wow... its a nice car handles great, comfortable, looks good... just slow... i've got a few grand saved up & since the car was free.. ( graduation present ) i want to replace the motor with something with a lot more power, lots more tq... im 23, have a heavy foot, have mechanical skills, knowledge of fixing cars... what can i swap in?? what should i do to tranny.. i have a f150 with a 5spd so i kinda want to stay with the auto to have a break form daily driver of the truck...must stay under $5698.00 thanx
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,407 Posts
Well I have seen some guys swap in the splitport V6 motor.Might want to research that alittle.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
258 Posts
your in NJ........im in buffalo, ny. i have a 4.6L just under 100,000 miles. come get it, $250.00. plenty of cash leftover to do whatever you want with it, lol
 

·
Stroked and Blown
Joined
·
2,395 Posts
Hell, you could still put in another 3.8 and you wouldn't ahve to worry about wiring issues. Get a "modified V6 3.8" with all the performance stuff installed already. This would keep it original also! Check out supersixmotorsports, V6 power.net. and a few others. It's probably cheaper than swapping in a V8.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,781 Posts
Blown Dohc!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
718 Posts
Here's the deal,, the easiest would be swap in a 99+ 3.8 or 4.2L v6 engine. Either the 3.8 from a Mustang or the 4.2L from a F-150 (harder to find) each will give yah roughly 200HP as compared to your factory 140HP

They will in effect bolt right in,, with the mustang engine being the easiest,, but slilghtly less power them the 4.2L

any more power and your stock trans & axles & rear become a issue amongst everything else.

You can find those 3.8L mustang engine from 300-600 with low miles at almost any junkyard in the country.

There will be some minor fabrication and parts swapping but you should be able to spend no more then 1000 to get it all done. and that would include new parts like water pump, oil, new mounts, etc etc..
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
7,695 Posts
terminator motor could be done, but not for $6K.

If you have a complete donor car, it wouldn't be too difficult to swap in either a 5.0 or 4.6.

An SC motor would also be possible, but more of a headache than its worth.

A splitport 3.8 (or 4.2) would be a direct drop in replacement, minimal wiring harness modification, and would bring you up to almost 200hp. Add a vortech to that, and you will have a mean sleeper, until you grenade your trans, pencil-thin axles, and weak 7.5" diff. If I were in your position, I would go the splitport route as it is the cheapest, easiest, gets similar performance to a 5.0/4.6NPI, and won't require replacing the entire drivetrain.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
7,695 Posts
you can find it in any 99-04 V6 mustang. When you pull the motor, get the entire wirning harness with it just to make sure you have all the right pigtails to adapt to your tbird harness. Also, if I remember correctly, to keep the distributer you will need an intake from a van, which means you will also need a cowl hood to clear. As far as a writeup goes, it will be exactly the same as the 4.2 splitport swap, so follow that.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
718 Posts
you can find it in any 99-04 V6 mustang. When you pull the motor, get the entire wirning harness with it just to make sure you have all the right pigtails to adapt to your tbird harness. Also, if I remember correctly, to keep the distributer you will need an intake from a van, which means you will also need a cowl hood to clear. As far as a writeup goes, it will be exactly the same as the 4.2 splitport swap, so follow that.
He can use his existing wiring and I believe the 1994 he has is a DIS car??

even if it has a dizzy he can use the mustang intake,, but get a fuel rail from a 2001 E-150 van and reverse it and it plugs right in to the stock fuel lines. need to make 2 like brackets but easy stuff.

you can run your original 14lb injectors and not need to mess with the computer.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
718 Posts
2000
Engine
Ford Mustang MATCH NUMBERS ON VALVE COVER 938G $Call Sambucci Bros., Inc. USA-NY(Corona) Request_Quote 1-718-651-7119 Request_Insurance_Quote
8
2000
Engine
Ford Mustang 3.8L,AUT,OK 38,720 A 040181 $750 Newark Motor and Export USA-NJ(Newark) Request_Quote 1-866-589-7456 for Cars 1-866-589-5383 for Trucks and Vans Request_Insurance_Quote
10
1999
Engine
Ford Mustang V6,EFI,AT AA0247 $Call Class A Cars - N - Parts USA-NY(Brooklyn) E-mail 1-718-348-0303 11
1999
Engine
Ford Mustang 3.8-311 NG. EC9958 $Call East Coast Auto Salvage, Inc. USA-NY(Jamaica) E-mail 1-800-669-1746 13
2000
Engine
Ford Mustang (3.8L, VIN 4)-141K,RG TESTED,*CK ID* 141,000 B 060238 $600.14 Ace Auto Salvage USA-NY(Staten-Island) Request_Quote 1-718-273-4100 Request_Insurance_Quote 14
2000
Engine
Ford Mustang 2-00,RWD,EFUI,V6,AT, BASE 2A0554 $Call T & J Auto Salvage, Inc. USA-NY(Brooklyn) E-mail 1-718-946-6200 15
2000
Engine
Ford Mustang 5-00,3.8,LX CK TYPE RB6195 $Call Roth's Auto Wrecking, Inc. USA-NY(Springfield-Gardens) E-mail 1-718-525-6300 15
1999
Engine
Ford Mustang BASE,3.8,EFI,ATOD,RW D,Factory 050084 $700 Bruce's Auto Wreckers, Inc. USA-NJ(Rahway) E-mail 1-800-770-4224 21
1999
Engine
Ford Mustang AA0566 $Call AAA All Car Auto Salvage USA-NJ(Avenel) E-mail 1-800-427-2644 22
1999
Engine
Ford Mustang NOF-7 $Call AAA All Car Auto Salvage USA-NJ(Avenel) E-mail 1-800-427-2644 22
1999
Engine
Ford Mustang 3.8 AT NICE MOTOR 62,000 A 3289 $Call Act Auto Wrecking USA-NY(Lindenhurst) E-mail 1-631-225-5865 33
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
7,695 Posts
Some of the 94s were DIS, and some weren't. Basically the cali emissions cars got the DIS, and the federal cars still had a distributer. Depending on where his car originated, he might have DIS.

He doesn't need to modify the harness at all for the splitport swap? No sensors are different, or in different locations or anything like that? I've never done the swap, but I just assumed you would have to change a couple things. If not, that just makes it even easier.

That's good to know about the van fuel rail and mustang intake clearing the distributer.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
7,695 Posts
Stang 5-speed could be swapped in, but it would require extensive modification. Search for T45 swap to get an idea. The V6 stang actually uses a T5, not a T45, but the swap is the same for both trannies. If you want a 5-speed, get an M5R2 out of an SC. That will bolt right in, and it actually a stronger trans.

As for someone in NJ to do the swap, I could do it for you. Just let me know what you decide on, and we can figure something out from there.
 
1 - 20 of 27 Posts
Top