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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-02-2011 Thread Starter
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Question free standing engine

I want to be able to start and run a 4.6 out of the car, besides the cooling system and the fuel pump in a small can, what do I need to do? I have done this with older engines like a 70 351 windsor but this is a 94 4.6 that I want to tune and build out of the car in my barn. the trans is still hooked up and I will build a stand to put it all on, will loop the tranny lines and run coolant through a radiator. I don't know about the electronics though, the engine is out of a t-bird that was wrecked but runs great, do I need to rob the comp and harness out of the car? any help will be welcome as I have little expertise with the newer engines and want to learn, thanks.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-03-2011 Thread Starter
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really,no body has any advice?

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-03-2011
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Since you have no replies, that likely means no one's ever done it.
I have to admit, I don't see how going through the time and effort to set up a free running motor is worth it. Why not just put it in another car and go from there?

Since I have no experience doing this, I'm gonna have to make educated guesses, but yeah, you'll definitely need the computer to make the engine run. And if you're gonna tune it, you'll also need the exhaust system with the O2 sensors and the intake with the MAF and all that jazz too.

I can see someone doing this on an old 351, but... It all just seems like a total pain in the ass with all the electronics and stuff that newer vehicles require to run the engine.
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yea,sounds like its more trouble than its worth,guess I will just find a car to put it in, thanks anyhow
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-31-2011
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I think it would be a great exercise.
what better way to learn all the connections and systems.
I think your objective sound.
do it.
then show us.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-31-2011
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I have found JUST the product for you. No need to thank me. I know words will be hard to get out.

Portable Engine Test Stand (PETS) Capabilities

All kiding aside, look at this:

Easy Run Engine Test Stand | Break-In Stand | Engine Display Stand

As rabbit has said, it will need all of the sensors, wires, and PCM to make it happen. Not a trivial project.

The next logical question is "for what end?". Without an engine dyno to load it, making any tuning adjustments can't really be done.

I have to agree that it would be a great oppertunity to learn "hands on" what it takes to make a mod motor run. I hazard to guess that once done, your trouble shooting skills would advance by years!

Move over wmburns, you are about to be replaced!

Hey Rabbit, how's the recovery going?

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-01-2011
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Here is a harness you can use either for a stand or a conversion project:

RJM Injection Tech — 4.6L Harness

Of course you need all the sensors, etc.

Rob Hernandez, AFM co-Founder.
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