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im new to mustangs and fords as i was originally a camaro, gm guy...im looking for a new project and found an 89 4 cylinder coupe for about 500 dollars...i want it to be running and driving and dont wanna spend much money on motor right now...i was thinking about throwing in an old small block chevy 350 in it for now til i can build a nice motor for it....does anyone have any ideas on this? can it be done? what parts would i need? any help would be appreciated

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im new to mustangs and fords as i was originally a camaro, gm guy...im looking for a new project and found an 89 4 cylinder coupe for about 500 dollars...i want it to be running and driving and dont wanna spend much money on motor right now...i was thinking about throwing in an old small block chevy 350 in it for now til i can build a nice motor for it....does anyone have any ideas on this? can it be done? what parts would i need? any help would be appreciated

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Can be done but dont know whos gonna help ruin a mustang.
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Ive seen it done before. But you should expect some flaming for even thinking about abominizing a mustang like that. Just drop a 351 in and call it close enough.
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it'll cost more to ruin it with a chevy motor than it would to build a budget 302 the 1st time..you can find intake-to-oilpan 5.0 HO roller motors cheap all over the place..and they'd probably beat the 350 anyway
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It's easier than most think, it'll fit in there with a GM transmission. A custom engine plate and crossmember, it'd be in.
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It will go in pretty easy.Your only hangup will be that the 350 has the rear sump oil pan so like eagle said there may be crossmember work. Even a budget 350 with a 280 duration cam 305 fuelie head and a decent intake is a 300 or so hp motor for real cheap.

The last one I did was a 350 in a 84 nissan short box.

350 4 bolt from a 78 van from the bone yard
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holly 650 double pumper,bone yard
equal length bone yard headers I don't know who made them.
This combo gave me an honest 300hp.The cam only lasted 30.000 miles but it turned out to be a bad lifter bore on #1 exhaust.

If you can find good stuff at your local pick a part you can do this build for less than 1500,00 for sure.The cam of course you have to buy new.If it fits in a nissan it will fit a mustang.
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its a faily simple swap, like Eagle said. motor plates will make everything much much easier. ive done a SBC/TH400 swap into a 4 eye, went in like butter. expect a custom driveshaft and relocating the tranny crossmember. i know you are a GM guy so you may not know this, but the 7.5 rear end under the 4 cyl fox wont hold up to sbc power, swap to an 8.8 out of just about any 8cyl 79-04 mustang, just depends on how wide you want the stance as to which years of rear end you choose. good luck!

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That's all well and good, but WHY??

The only answer I can think of is "Because you can"??? Still, why??
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Boneyard 302s are $175 all day down here ($225 without a core to turn in) and there are Crown Vics, Lincolns, and pickups that either have roller cams or are roller cam ready all over the yard.

And that's just one yard between Belton and Killeen Texas.

Transmissions are just as cheap/common. You could have the whole engine/tranny combo out of one of those Crown Vics for less than $650, that'd be wiring harness and all, leaving you only needing to find a driveshaft and swap from a 7.5 to an 8.8 rearend (and even that's optional if using a non-HO 5.0).
 
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The only answer I can think of is "Because you can"??? Still, why??
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well for one, i wasnt planning on building a ford motor for it anyway, i actually have a chevy 383 stroker single 65 mm turbo and nitrous motor in the works...and i dont see how a stock 5.0 HO motor would beat a chevy motor...a stock 93 cobra 5.0 HO with the SVO gt-40 heads and intake still only comes with about 235 horsepower... a .030 overbore 350 with a small cam intake carb and headers would have around 315-330 pretty easily...and why you ask, for one i like chevy more and for two just to piss ppl off, sounds pretty funn... the look on a mustang guys face when he finds out he just got beat by apparently a lesser motor will be priceless
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whoa, things got a little heated since i checked in last. i need pop corn

im a DIE HARD Ford guy, but im not ashamed to say a small block chevy 350 will make more power than a 302. its like comparing apples to oranges. comparing a 350 to a 351 would be a better comparison, but that doesnt change the fact that small block GM parts are generally more abundant and cheaper.
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Nothing heated here, I was just asking why!!

...and I agree with you. Compare the 350 to the 351, both good engines.

And don't get me wrong, I like most muscle cars regardless of the make. I don't bleed Ford blue....but certainly like them best! I would just prefer to keep it all Ford, all Chevy or all Mopar! You all do what you want!! I guess you can call that creativity!
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No biggie, my neighbor had a 434 small block Chevy with a Powerglide and nitrous that ran 9s in the quarter.

I'm just a purist, I think a Ford engine should go in a Ford car but I also say it's your car and build it how you want. As long as it doesn't have a Nissan engine or something else Japanese in origin, then we'd have to get the pitchforks.
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well for one, i wasnt planning on building a ford motor for it anyway, i actually have a chevy 383 stroker single 65 mm turbo and nitrous motor in the works...and i dont see how a stock 5.0 HO motor would beat a chevy motor...a stock 93 cobra 5.0 HO with the SVO gt-40 heads and intake still only comes with about 235 horsepower... a .030 overbore 350 with a small cam intake carb and headers would have around 315-330 pretty easily...and why you ask, for one i like chevy more and for two just to piss ppl off, sounds pretty funn... the look on a mustang guys face when he finds out he just got beat by apparently a lesser motor will be priceless
Kind of a bold move coming to a Mustang forum looking for help putting a Chevy motor in a Mustang to piss off Mustang owners.

It's like asking a bank owner to rob their bank for you because you can't pull it off.

Chevy parts are cheaper, but as I always tell Chevy people, you get what you pay for.

I'll admit Chevy engines are good engines, but please, get a Camaro or firebird rather than ruining a good car.
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