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post #1 of 5 Old 08-14-2006, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
 
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Calling all mustang fans

I am in need of your help. I have a 1998 3.8L coupe. I have decited to up grade to a V8. BUT I don't know which one? I was thinking a 5.0 302, but then found out that they are only 225HP, and I am already at 215HP with my V6. I have heard that the 1999 thru 2004 4.6 has 260HP. The biggest problem is money. I dont have the money to go buy a 06' 4.6L So I need something powerful, affordable, and not impossible to find. Also does anybody know if my frame will be able to handle? I dont want to finish the car then bend the frame, anf crack the paint, cuz it is too powerfull. let me know what you think.
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The frame will handle it , but the suspension won't. Best bet is to find a donor '98GT. A more affordable/less hassle way is to sell the V6 and buy a GT.

'87 GT with a battery
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I dont want to finish the car then bend the frame, anf crack the paint, cuz it is too powerfull. let me know what you think.
thats what sub frame connectors are for.
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i agree with 87hybrid, the best way to go is to sell the six and buy a gt. if you really want to do the conversion, go with the 302 (5.0). stock it only had 225 but it has so much potential to make alot more power. parts for the 302 are easy to find and for the most part wont break the bank. once again i dont recomend it, the first car that i built was a 65' coupe. it was a stock 200 straight six and i thought that it would be fun to convert it over to a late model 302. boy was i wrong, i spent so much money converting the suspension, brakes, transmission and engine that i could have easily bought a nice gt. you should really think it over. remember, its not just as simple as putting a different engine in the engine compartment. at minimum you will need the engine, transmission, suspension, computer/harness, motor mounts, rear-end (recommended) and all the hardware. so consider the hassle and think about the gt. 8)
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i agree with 87hybrid, the best way to go is to sell the six and buy a gt. if you really want to do the conversion, go with the 302 (5.0). stock it only had 225 but it has so much potential to make alot more power. parts for the 302 are easy to find and for the most part wont break the bank. once again i dont recomend it, the first car that i built was a 65' coupe. it was a stock 200 straight six and i thought that it would be fun to convert it over to a late model 302. boy was i wrong, i spent so much money converting the suspension, brakes, transmission and engine that i could have easily bought a nice gt. you should really think it over. remember, its not just as simple as putting a different engine in the engine compartment. at minimum you will need the engine, transmission, suspension, computer/harness, motor mounts, rear-end (recommended) and all the hardware. so consider the hassle and think about the gt. 8)
good luck
or keep the 6, buy a gt with no motor and drive the 6 till the gt is done.
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