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Old 08-02-2010, 02:13 PM
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69, 87-96 drivetrain and frontend swap

i'm thinking i want to swap my drivetrain with one from an 87-96 f150, does any one have any insight as to what problems i might run into.
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Old 08-02-2010, 02:18 PM
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I guess i should have told ya'll its a 69 long bed F100
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If your 69 has a 6-cylinder and your f150 has a V8, you'll need to figure out how to mount the engine.
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No it has a 360, what i'm really wondering about are potential computer problems, since i'm planning on using an EFI 302 or 351w drivetrain, also i'm wondering about potential problems if I wanted to change out the entire front end, as mine does not have power steering.

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I love my truck, I love the look of it, this has always been my favorite body style (well maybe not the longbed), but I would like to make it a little more every day driver friendly.
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Are they both 2WD? If they are, I think the 80-96 I-beams will be slightly longer, so they can't bolt right in. If you want disc brakes, get a kit. You can redo your older I-beams with new bushings, and also change the kingpins if they are getting sloppy.
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i have a 87 and i have looked at the 73-79 f150's and compared it to mine and there are some big differences. the 73-79 dosent have caster camber bushing and spindels which makes it stronger than mine, yet also harder to have alighned if your caster camber gets out of wack.
the 87-96 beams are longer, i think, i didnt put a tapemeasure on them to see for sure.
if you did do this you might as well buy a whole parts truck and pull all the parts you will need.
as for the motor swap...i would try and find the closest to 96 as you can because not only did they swap to MAF they also put roller cams in them then and they made more power stock. my 87 has MAP which has hardly any adjustability as far as adjusting that stock power settings and makes it harder to add preformance upgrades.
now that im thinking about it, the fox body mustangs had all that stuff throughout their production so unless you just absolutely want a TRUCK motor i'd see if you could find a mustang motor/wiring harness and all. and as for it being a truck specific motor you could get a roller cam and put in. just depends on what you want and can afford really.
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Thanks guys, that was kind of what I was wondering about on the front end, as far as the drivetrain was concerned, I kinda figured it shouldn't be too difficult to find a later model with EFI, and yea I kinda figured on finding one that was beat to crap and just stripping it. Come to think of it though the old 5.0 T-birds are going real cheap, might be a better option than an old fox body.
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OK so i went through carcrafters thread on swapping the front end out with one from a crown vic, awesome idea, I hadn't thought of that at all. and our local police force has just recently gone to the chargers so there should be plenty available, and depending on the mileage I might even swap out the drivetrain as well. now just to get my hands on one, I'm not looking forward to dropping it at all considering it's a long bed, i just don't feel it would look right, and I think I'll leave the rear end as is, I suppose I'll have to add some boxing on the under side of the frame.
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i have a 87 and i have looked at the 73-79 f150's and compared it to mine and there are some big differences. the 73-79 dosent have caster camber bushing and spindels which makes it stronger than mine, yet also harder to have alighned if your caster camber gets out of wack.
the 87-96 beams are longer, i think, i didnt put a tapemeasure on them to see for sure.
if you did do this you might as well buy a whole parts truck and pull all the parts you will need.
as for the motor swap...i would try and find the closest to 96 as you can because not only did they swap to MAF they also put roller cams in them then and they made more power stock. my 87 has MAP which has hardly any adjustability as far as adjusting that stock power settings and makes it harder to add preformance upgrades.
now that im thinking about it, the fox body mustangs had all that stuff throughout their production so unless you just absolutely want a TRUCK motor i'd see if you could find a mustang motor/wiring harness and all. and as for it being a truck specific motor you could get a roller cam and put in. just depends on what you want and can afford really.
just so you know, you will need to use 89-93 mustang parts if you want MAF, the earlier ones used MAP as well. if you need info on this let me know and i can supply info and links to part numbers.
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thanks..i would be interested in finding out what all i need to swap to MAF if you could pm me all the info so we dont clog up the thread
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I've bought a 93 T-bird for $1050 with a 393 stroker built from a 351W, with a Vortech ysi supercharger, trans was built for it as well, rear end is no good, wraapped the backend on a tree. trans case is intact so we'll see. I haven't gotten into it yet just got it home about 2 in the morning.
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Awesome find! Let me know if you're interesting in selling the Vortech. I may be interested.

What happened to the fresh 390/AOD you got from your family friend? Did that motor/trans not work out for you?
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UGHH! he had some other buddy of his offer him more money before I was able to get over there and he went ahead and sold it. He's kinda that type though.
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OOHHH! no that motor is still in, and working great, this is for a second truck, At first i was gonna buy it for parts, then decided to build it and maybe sell it. I was trying to deal with him on another block, and trans, that he sold out from underneath me.
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