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Originally Posted by AustinGJordan View Post
I'm not blowing any white smoke, but I read somewhere that it doesn't need to either for that same problem to be there. I do smell something sweet, so I think it is burning somewhere.

There are several different places in which the hg could blow, each causing different problems and symptoms,

It's not VERY loud. It's about as loud as this: YouTube - 99 Cobra Knocking .

Maybe a little louder, but not much. It gets faster paced upon acceleration. And, as I said, it usually stops before 15-20 minutes of drive time.

That sounds like a header leak (although that's not what it is in the video)

@Metalman302: My apologies for not answering your questions.
Yes I have been loosing coolant. I even see a very small amount (less than a teaspoon) right under my alternator on a certain piece (forgot what it was at the moment, and not near my car). I have not checked if there is oil in my water or vice versa. I thought I would be having a lot more problems if that were the case. I don't smell oil or anything. I do smell coolant, though. I have checked my coolant.

There is nothing directly below the alternator except the head. Under the water pump, there is a small hole that will leak coolant when the pump goes bad. Check to see if it is coming from here and getting splashed around by the belt; or if it is in fact coming from the head/block surface. Also check your oil and coolant as I mentioned.

If you want to keep from getting screwed now and in the future you are going to have to investigate these things further yourself. Get under there and find out for sure where the coolant is coming from. You may need to degrease/power wash the engine first if it's really grimey and hard to tell. Timing covers can leak also. That is an involved repair also but much less than head gasket.

On a side-note, I contacted a mechanic that does work off-site and he said that he would install an engine that I have (so I would buy the engine), and in addition to that he would install a new radiator, water pump, thermostat, antifreeze, spark plugs, plug wires, oil & filter for 1,300 dollars. If I used the engine he has, which has 76k miles on it, he said it would be 2,000 dollars.

That sounds about right for labor. Is this someone that was recommended by friend or family? Not some random person of craigslist?

What year is the engine?

^Does that sound good? I plan to provide him a '99 and have him split-port it, but I will also have to buy the other parts as well then. It doesn't take any more additional time really to make it a split-port, does it? Any other parts I need besides a fuel injector?

Thanks for your help and your patience.
I would not have him do this unless you're very confident in him. It is not simple drop in. A REAL mechanic should be able to make work without too much hassle.

Off the top of my head besides having the engine and intake tube etc:

Extend some small wire harnesses
Modify heater hoses/pipe
Computer chip for larger injectors
Swap throttle cable to newer style
Modify ruel rail - 94-98 has a return line; 99+ doesn't. Either swap to windstar rail and spacer under the intake and extend soft lines; or plumb your old regulator into the newer rail crossover line and extend one soft line
Drill and tap intake manifold for second temp sensor

Google "mustang split port swap"

I've seen it done with either re-using the old front accessories or keeping the newer ones.
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