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Old 10-08-2010, 07:19 AM
WhiskeyZulu WhiskeyZulu is offline
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Default Need help planning a 302 swap

Sorry about the duplicate post...

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Old 10-15-2010, 06:54 AM
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Default Re: Need help planning a 302 swap

Originally Posted by WhiskeyZulu View Post
Greetings from the Midwest

This is just a c&p from my thread linked above:

I plan to start off with a complete tear-down until i get a rolling frame, blast, repair, box-in, and powdercoat the frame.

Next, I have to acquire a 302, 5 speed transmission, and a transfer case (I'm thinking about putting an NP208 in it), and solid front and rear Dana 44s or a solid front 44 and a rear 9".

I would like the engine to be a carb engine, but I don't know if it'll be easier to strip the wiring harness down for the carb engine, or if it'll be easier to get an 87-96 F150 donor truck and swap the electrics over. That part is still the source of debate between my brother and myself.

When the driveline is done, and mounted to the frame, then I'll work on the body.

The plan for the body is to get all the rust and dents repaired, painted a dark British Racing Green with silver Boss Mustang racing stripes, Rhino rockers, Rhino-lined underside, remount the grill guard, roll bar and wire up all 8 130-watt KC Daylighers.

Any and all input on what the best way to do this driveline mod, sources for (relatively) inexpensive parts, hints, tips, etc would be most graciously appreciated.
W/ a carb you really don't need to do much stripping down of the harness..

The only stripping I did was for the reverse lights, neutral safety switch (but for an auto =/), and a couple of the plugs to the firewall. The rest is pretty strait forward, the R/LG wire is hot with the key on run and start (coil, ignition module, etc). It is fairly easy, but I did use a relay and ran my own fused power source for these things to keep them from feeding off of that circuit. EVTM from Helm Inc. is worth it's cost, I would recommend ordering one to guide you through this.

W/ carb you can get a duraspark distributor; but depending on which engine you use will dictate what gear you will have to use. A roller engine will need a steel gear, where a flat tappet camshaft has a cast. The only out of the box duraspark distributor that I know of with a steel gear came in a 1985 Mustang GT with a manual transmission. Or I believe you could swap the gear off of the TFI distributor onto a duraspark dist. Or an HEI unit would work and is inexpensive (but kind of bulky). I am using a duraspark dist w/ a remote mounted GM HEI ignition module and my MSD TFI Blaster-II coil from my 2.9L.

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