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So I've got a 302 HO EFI I'm rebuilding, and nothing to put it in...

The block is currently in the machine shop. It's a stock rebuild to refresh the motor, so it's not going to lay down 500 horses on the dyno.

I'm pretty sure the 302 would physically fit into the engine bay, and with some creative butchering at a local JY I could get some proper floor pans and drive train materials to convert it to rear wheel...

How wild would that be? Imagine a full 302 V8 Taurus (that's not nascar)
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The block is currently in the machine shop. It's a stock rebuild to refresh the motor, so it's not going to lay down 500 horses on the dyno.

I'm pretty sure the 302 would physically fit into the engine bay, and with some creative butchering at a local JY I could get some proper floor pans and drive train materials to convert it to rear wheel...

How wild would that be? Imagine a full 302 V8 Taurus (that's not nascar)
Please do it, I would love to see it. Do you know how to mig weld by chance? You'll probably want a plasma cutter, panel beating tools and a few air cutting tools, like nibblers and such. If you can get access to that stuff, you'll be ready to start! Get a T5 World Class Transmission. Easiest to install a Mustang SRA suspension, but you could look into adapting an IRS suspension I guess. You could also ditch the front suspension and adapt in a Mustang II IFS suspension, or not.

Check out the Focus RWD conversion for ideas. Check out the V8 Ranger conversions for ideas on how to deal with the electrical stuff.

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Please do it, I would love to see it. Do you know how to mig weld by chance? You'll probably want a plasma cutter, panel beating tools and a few air cutting tools, like nibblers and such. If you can get access to that stuff, you'll be ready to start! Get a T5 World Class Transmission. Easiest to install a Mustang SRA suspension, but you could look into adapting an IRS suspension I guess. You could also ditch the front suspension and adapt in a Mustang II IFS suspension, or not.

Check out the Focus RWD conversion for ideas. Check out the V8 Ranger conversions for ideas on how to deal with the electrical stuff.
I do have welding experience and access to all the tools I'd need, including lifts.

The more I think about it the more I want to do it...
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I do have welding experience and access to all the tools I'd need, including lifts.

The more I think about it the more I want to do it...
I just thought of one potential problem....

You live in California and they have very strict laws regarding engine swaps. You better start researching that stuff before you start, it might not even be street legal in your state.

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In Cali, the swap engine must be the same year or newer than the chassis its going into or its a no go in CARBs eyes.

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I can get an AZ id and reg it over state lines. There's ways around everything
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You would have to figure out what you'll be doing with the subframe. The rear portion of it will likely be in the way of the transmission. The front of it might be in the way as well. It would be a big job to modify the stock subframe to fit an RWD drivetrain, but that's just my guess. I'm also thinking the stock steering rack location is going to have to be dealt with. You need to also figure out where to relocate the fuel tank. You might be better off grafting some front end stuff from an SN95 Mustang, I don't know for sure though.

I think you'll have to find a donor car either way, so try and figure out which car will work. The only vehicle with a 5.0 from the same model year as your car would be a 5.0 Explorer, if I'm not mistaken.

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I guess the Explorer only has an automatic transmission, this might be an issue. You need to find a computer for the engine that will work with a manual transmission.

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The motor originally came out of a 95 coupe I believe.

I'm not against major fabrication, even if its creating an entirely new subframe. The idea is it would be unique.
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