1997 Thunderbird 4.6, 1998 Mark VIII LSC
No O-ring at the base?
Agreed, I’ve said it before but I think the best solution to the bungless Explorer sourced intakes is to punch out the freeze plug on the driver side head and add a DOHC crack pipe to feed the heater core. It should be more reliable too.That's why we said it like 5 times, lol!
That video above is pretty good, but I would never drill and tap plastic for a brass heater hose connection on a used Crown Vic manifold. Brass fitting in plastic is a trouble spot.
When I did my first pi swap, I bought a kit with all the important parts from MHS. Nick was one of the members here; but passed away a few years ago. His family still owns part of it IIRC.
Getting the waterpunp nozzle out without destroying it is the hardest part of using JY parts, like the second one I did.Includes all new OEM Ford thermostat seal, alternator bracket, steel heater hose beneath intake, water pump o-ring, and water pump nipple. These are the extra parts needed to swap a PI intake onto a NPI head engine.www.modularheadshop.com
You DO lose a bit of hp below about 2000rpms, but the peak gets pushed up quite a bitfrom 4200 to about 5200.
Realize the TorqueConverter starts to baloon about 5000RPM,So overrevving a stock setup can seriously break stuff.
That said, Lazarus has boinced off the rev limiter many times. Watch the motor mounts;if the driver's one goes bad the engine will tip up, stuffing the lever that operates the TB blade into the hood, holding it open while you either drive really well, or break stuff. Rod sold me a nice chain kit that I installed across the engine mount, so that **** will not happen again.
I broke 3 wheels, but missed the school bus. The engine at wfo WILL push you forward, even with both feet on the brakes.
BTW, I'd do the pbr brake swap first.
I'll post pix when I replace the piston that's knocking, lol.There should be wear on the thrust bearing for sure. (balooning pushes the whole crank forward, which is not good.
So let me see if I understand this, you use the two different stock heater hoses, the heater outlet closest to the passenger side is hooked to the water outlet on the back of the intake, and you just cut the 'L' off the other heater hose, and hook that to the PI coolant tube?