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Would a 390 Ford V8 fit in an 02?


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and about 28" long including acessory drive (this measurement was taken on a truck motor... i think they have shorter setups in certain mustanks). about 425lbs fully dressed, about 100lbs heavier than a tii motor and about 150 pounds lighter than the BMW "Big Six" M30. if youve never seen a ford small block v8 ("5.0" motor) take a look under the hood of a

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methinks i messed that up.. anyways, any pre-4.6 mustang has the "iron horse" or whatever its name is... its also in a lot of F150 trucks.

-Rob

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My older brother has an old f-150 with the engine and I believe a Holley 750 carb. I was thinking last night, what about an mid-engine 02 roadster. It would do better with the weight distribution.

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Mid engine would be the only way to go, those engines are monsters, and FE ford V8 fully dressed with an iron manifold, water pump and all the accessories weighs about 900lbs! If you put it up front you would have about a 90/10 weight distibution. Of course you can trim off a good 80-100 lbs with an aluminum intake and water pump, but that stuff doesn't come cheap on a 390. IMO a smaller, lighter, cheaper V8 would be the way to go, but it certainly would be unique!

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LS6/1 corvette/camaro all-alu genIII smallblock, 350-400hp stock, weighs about 500lbs with flywheel. about twice as much $$ per HP as ford smallblock. regular LT-1 smallblock is the cheapest possible way to go but you gain about 50lbs over the LS motor

Ford 289-302 "iron horse"(??) smallblock, 225hp stock but can easily make 300+hp with bolt-ons/ins (perf. cam) cheapest lightweight solution. you can make LS1 power for much less money. and despite being an iron motor, weighs at least 50lbs less than the all-aluminum and much more expensive LS chevy. 100lbs less than the more-similar costwise LT-1. and its a TRULY compact powerplant. really remarkable!!

the aluminum Rover V8 is actually about the same as the 02 motor in overall weight, and is also very compact. larger than the ford overall (i think--check me on this) but still smaller than the ls6/1 and only about 320lbs, but i think this is with an automatic flex disk, so add about 25-40lbs for a flywheel... much more spendy than the ford but so light that it wouldnt affect the balance of the 02 even with it mounted up front.

for comparisons, the m20 BMW "small six" is about 390lbs, big six m30 is about 550-600lbs.

if i was going to do a V8 transplant into a BMW it would be a ford v8 into an e12 or e28. the 02 is going to get a 288 ireland regrind back in the original 2litre, eventually...

-Rob

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