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Unread 09-20-2013   #1 (permalink)
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Ok ..new to fords (sorry) but building another streetrod (33 FORD fiberglass) anyway want to buy a mustang and use everything in the drivetrain, I have plenty of room under the hood as the body is 8" longer then stock.. I'm not into big motors but something very reliable..maybe a aluminum v/8 (4.6)? I do not want to rebuild the motor from the donor car or the automatic. I do want to run a computor. so what do you recommend? My rear end needs to be 57" wide face to face. Sorry I have no ideas what years are best or what rear ends might work...this is going to be a everyday driver, Thank you so much..Keith
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Welcome to the forums. I will move this thread over to the "Mustang Tech" forum, where you may get some help. Good luck with your project.
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Get one of the later 3-valve 4.6L motors - I think anything earlier than midway through the 2008 production run used a spark plug design that is apt to break (leaving part of it still in the head) when you try to remove it. Grab everything from the donor car - engine, 5R55 transmission, ECM, and as much of the harness as you can.

I can't help you much about the axle, except to recommend an 8.8 simply because it's still in production. With a normally aspirated 4.6L engine in a lightweight street rod, you shouldn't ever need anything stronger than that. If the S197 rear axle is too wide for your project, would you consider getting it narrowed (and get to keep the S197's rear disc brakes)? If so, grab that from the donor car as well.


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Sorry I can't help with building your rod but I just want to say that I am very pleased to hear that you are putting a Ford engine as it should be and not some crappie Chevy 350.
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You should go to ffcars.com

That site supports kits made by Factory Five racing. Factory Five also makes a 33 kit and there is a sub-forum there with lots of people doing exactly what you are doing. You will get lots of good help there.
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