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Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » Changing out a 390 » Today 8:07 am

dan_6776
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I need to chime on this one. I believe this will address an EFI swap alternative and answer BB-63's question regarding a secret recipe for cheap EFI swaps.
I recently completed and presently driving a 4.6 with 4r70w swap in a 61 Galaxie Sunliner. I have been driving the car now for two years with absolutely no issues. I wasn't interested in big performance, I wanted a reliable daily driver. Donor was a low mileage Crown Vic police car. There are a ton of Crown Vic's out there, many driven by mature drivers with low mileage. Parts are also abundant and readily available at the local wrecker.
I purchased a complete engine and transmission for $600.00 bucks. I bought a Ron Francis wiring harness for around $800. The OEM computer had to be flashed and re-programmed for $350. Guys, that's $1750 for a drive train! the 352 and cruise o magic both needed rebuilding so I was looking at around $7500 for that. It was a no brainer...EFI and overdrive.
The car runs great and drives like a dream. With the R&P steering upgrade I can can cruise at 75mph all day no problem! I switched out the gears to 3.90 to wake it up a little.
If you wanted to do the EFI swap even cheaper, harvest the wires you need out of the donor harness and skip buying the Ron Francis kit.
The real challenge doing this swap was converting to front sump oil pan, transmission mount and adding the electric fuel pump.
If I wanted big performance I would have gone with a carb fed engine, but I wanted a daily driver that would start and run all day long, be good on fuel, not over heat and never give me issue. So far, so good!

Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » Changing out a 390 » Yesterday 3:16 pm

the_oleman
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I am too making a cruiser from a 1968 Galaxie 500 Convertible. I found this picture indexing the Modular Ford 5.0 with Classic Ford engine dimensions Just that I am having trouble uploading it. It is from Hot Rod Magazine on line. Compared to the FE the Coyote is 1in shorter in hight 1.5in narrower in width and 10in shorter in length. It should bolt but not on the 390 mounts. I have busted the bank and purchased a 2017 5.0 Coyote crate motor. $9098 comes with stand alone PCM, high torque mini starter, and Boss alternator(it has a clutch bearing for speed shifting. An already purchased Tremec T-56 6 speed manual trans will be behind it. I was originally going to rebuild the 390 but after everything I was going to do to it to make it reliable and with some power was going be about 12grand. If you go with a flywheel (manual trans) it should be internally balanced. Automatic trans were externally balanced with the flex plate and harmonic balancer. I will let you all know how it turns out.

Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » Car covers. » Yesterday 1:16 pm

70XL
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If it is not winter outside, like it is here, then what about a hose in the back yard? The laundromat is a good idea for access to an extra large washing machine, but you probably wouldn't want to put it in the dryer as in might shrink. If you don't want to use a hose, then consider washing by hand in the bathtub and hang outside to dry.

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