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Old 09-12-2010, 05:55 AM   #26
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Default Re: Yep, another one - '66 Mustang!

More pictures please!!!



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Old 12-30-2010, 12:28 AM   #27
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Default Re: Yep, another one - '66 Mustang!

Im not really sure if Ill be able to get around to this anytime soon, as I need to finish my truck and 4 wheeler, which are both good sized projects themselves. I might be willing to trade it for a Chevy muscle car or truck of the same vintage and similar condition, otherwise Ill hold on to it until I have the time.
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:08 PM   #28
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Default Re: Yep, another one - '66 Mustang!

I've got this idea rolling around in my head and I'm not sure what to think of it, so I thought I'd may as well post it up here for some feedback. As a few of you know, I have a 1950 Chevy truck that I bought a 1998 Ford Explorer 2wd to strip down and use the frame under the 50 Chevy. The Explorer has a 5.0 that runs pretty good, and I haven't gotten many bites for it in classifieds, so I was thinking of saving it and using it somewhere else. I figured, drop the electronic crap, throw on a carb and distributor, and with the short nosed accessories, it would feel right at home in this little mustang!

Now, with it being a late 90's engine and all, what kind of problems would I run into mounting everything? I'm not familiar with Fords, so are the motor mounts fairly universal like the Chevy's, IE, can I use the block mounts on the 5.0 and use frame mounts from a V8 mustang, and have them match up? What about transmission fitment, since I would want a T5 in there, probably from an 80s Mustang? I'd also have to upgrade the rear axle, along with the suspension, steering, and brakes to V8 specs. What am I able to use an axle from that will bolt on? 80s Mustang or even a Maverick? Anything else I'm overlooking here? I know that throttle linkage, clutch linkage, and the radiator need to be changed also.

I guess in short, is this a good idea?? It may become the new summer side project!
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Default Re: Yep, another one - '66 Mustang!

You should be able to adapt the EFI easily enough too as long as you have all the components from the donor vehicle. I know samwe on here has a EFI 5.0 in his '70, you might try a PM, he doesn't get around much anymore. I don't know how similar the '70 frame is to a '66 though. I don't know Mustangs that well at all.
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:54 PM   #30
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Default Re: Yep, another one - '66 Mustang!

The reason I would get rid of the EFI is that the Explorer is EEC-V, where as most Ford EFI conversions are EEC-IV. EEC-V is a nightmare to use out of the original vehicle, especially with the integrated PATS. Plus a carb and distributor is just simpler. Also, I know the Explorer 5.0 intake is a nice upgrade for the 90s mustang guys, so I could make some $$ back there.

I also did some research on rear axles. Apparantly Ford Maverick rear axles will bolt right up, but with a 1" difference width wise overall, so only 1/2" difference on each side. I don't remember if it was in or out, but thats more then workable especially since I'd need new rims anyway. There is a junked out Maverick ('72 I believe) where I work, which just happens to have a rear axle. I think its only an 8", but it should be more then enough for what I would need.

That would just leave figuring out engine mounts, radiator, transmission, and front suspension/steering.
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Default Re: Yep, another one - '66 Mustang!

If its a 5.0 it will bolt in, you might need to swap the upper mounts out for ones off a mustang, and you will have to find lower motor mounts for a V8 65 or 66 mustang. The 8" will be plenty for a stock 5.0. You will need to swap distributer drive gears or you will ruin the cam. Mine is a 90's block so you wont have any issues with it mounting up. for the t5 you will have to order a mount for it.
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:01 PM   #32
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If its a 5.0 it will bolt in, you might need to swap the upper mounts out for ones off a mustang, and you will have to find lower motor mounts for a V8 65 or 66 mustang. The 8" will be plenty for a stock 5.0. You will need to swap distributer drive gears or you will ruin the cam. Mine is a 90's block so you wont have any issues with it mounting up. for the t5 you will have to order a mount for it.
So I basically need upper and lower V8 motor mounts, and they will bolt to the newer 5.0 block just fine?

Am I looking at any clearance issues with the serpentine belt setup? I don't think I'll have any but IIRC the alternator sits fairly low on the Explorer 5.0.
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Default Re: Yep, another one - '66 Mustang!

Ya the blocks have the same bolt holes, My friend was running the mustang serpentine setup in his 65 with no problems, I have a mustang setup if you want to trade, only thing you would need is a ac delete bracket
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Ya the blocks have the same bolt holes, My friend was running the mustang serpentine setup in his 65 with no problems, I have a mustang setup if you want to trade, only thing you would need is a ac delete bracket
I may take you up on that later on, I'd like to remove the power steering and A/C from the engine I have, but I don't know if there was ever a delete bracket that was for the Explorer serpentine setup, or one that will work for it.

With the motor mounts, all I can seem to find is the frame mount, where can I buy the upper part that bolts to the engine? Or is there any car I can rob them from out of the junkyard?
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I will look and see if I have some spares, the ones off that maverick might work if its a V8 anyway.
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Default Re: Yep, another one - '66 Mustang!

I guess these are the mounts I'm looking for, according to guys over at stangnet.

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Yep those are the lowers
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Default Re: Yep, another one - '66 Mustang!

Well, I think I've found a set of lowers, I'll know by tomorrow.

I may have found a transmission also, theres an early bronco that has a 4 speed toploader with a hurst shifter, or at least thats what I remember it having. I'm going to check later today and hopefully I can at least have a starting point!
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Default Re: Yep, another one - '66 Mustang!

Well the transmission was a bust, it was only a 3 speed. I did however, manage to find a 5.0L A/C delete bracket off a late 80's F150, so I think I can make the Explorer brackets work.
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What kind of shape is that bronco in?
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Default Re: Yep, another one - '66 Mustang!

Parts only pretty much. The rear axle is missing along with a few pieces of glass, the hood, and there is a fair amount of rust. It has a 2bbl V8, 3 speed with Hurst shifter, and whatever t-case they used in this thing.

Edit: And it's also on its side.
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There's a free running and driving 302 down in the Freebies section of the classied ads here. TatwhtTrash has it in an old Econoline it looks like. I think you get the whole thing. Might contact him and see.
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Well, I've made some progress! Just scored a set of frame mounts off ebay for 40$.

Now if I can sell the Inline 6, I can start pulling my 5.0 from the Explorer and drop that in.
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Default Re: Yep, another one - '66 Mustang!

Well, I just got back from Napa ordering all new chassis parts. My wallet sure feels lighter now!

I ordered L+R inner tie rods, L+R outer tie rods, new tie rod adjusters, idler arm, pitman arm, rubber motor mounts, L+R front shocks, new front coil springs, upper ball joints, and new lower control arms with ball joints.

Dayum!

Everything should be in late this week or early next week hopefully. Still need to find a center link, and figure out if the rear shocks are the same on the Mustang and Maverick rear ends.
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Ohgodwheredidmyenginego?!?! Hehe...

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I think your going to need v8 coil springs, and I just pulled the stock coils out of my 66, they're for sale if your interested
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For upper mounts any parts house will have them. I believe I got mine from napa. I have a 92 efi 5.0 mustang motor in my 65. If you are not doing the efi setup it goes in like any other 302/5.0 block. I was running serpentine setup no problem.

I would use a v8 radiator. If you use the serpentine setup you will need a cross flow radiator. The specialty mustang shops usually have them, or get a stock radiator and swap the bottom outlet. It is a pain to find radiator hoses. I ended up taking measurments and going to napa. They let me look at all there hoses. I bought a few, tried them. Once again some specialty shops have them.

For a rear end, a popular upgrade is an explorer. They have an offset pumpkin, which means they have a long and a short axle. If you cut the long side down to match the short side it is almost a perfect fit into the 65-66. I am actually in the middle of this process now. It is hard to find someone to narrow a housing up here. Most explorers have 3.73, limited slip, and the later years have disk brakes.

I have t5 in mine as well, but They can be hard to find up here. I used one out of a 90 mustang. You will need to fab a cross member, or again most specialty shops have them. The mustang t5 uses a cable clutch linkage that some have adapted over. If you run headers there is potential rub issues with the clutch cable and exhaust. I ended up doing a hydraulic clutch system and I had no problems.

It is a bit of work, but it is worth it in the end! Good luck!
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I feel like a little kid on Christmas morning!



New LCA's with ball joints, front shocks, motor mounts, lower ball joints, inner tie rod ends, outer tie rod ends, tie rod adjusters, pitman arm, idler arm, and V8 springs. This stuff is worth more then the car!
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Almost forgot, the set of motor mounts after I cleaned and painted them.

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