I decided to go with the 347 stroker after everything i read here.
I have one problem. The oil sump is larger on the new set up.
It is also on the rear side of the motor. It doesn't fit with the steering linkage. I know we need more oil for this set up.
What are my choices now? Can I simply swap oil pans?
Has anyone else run into this? So much for simple swap!
Porps, there are a couple things you will have to deal with, and they all have to match, but you can change them around. You need to have a front sump pan for an early Mustang, unless you want to make some crazy changes to the suspension.
You do have to get an oil pump pickup that matches your pan, obviously.
You also have to have a dipstick that works with your setup. Most of the 5.0 blocks have a boss on the side of the block for the dipstick, but you'll need to mount one on the timing cover to work with your front sump properly. For simplicity, you can drive a dowel into the old location in the side of the block; if you get a tight fit, the wood will swell from the hot oil and fit even better.
Virtually all of the timing covers have a spot for you to mount the dipstick, although most of the 5.0 covers will need to be drilled to fit the new tube, etc. Routing for the new dipstick will also require some thought, but Google it, and there are a lot of of How-To's for you to get that sorted out. Just decide what looks and works best with your alternator and accessories.
I used this complete kit from Canton when I did my V8 (347) conversion. This kit has what you need to convert your setup to an early mustang front sump. Also, the included dipstick tube screws directly into the passenger side of the "T" part of the new pan. You will still have to block off the old dipstick hole in your 5.0L block but you will not need a dipstick access through your timing cover. I've been very happy with it.
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