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#21 bthotrod

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Posted 24 June 2018 - 07:19 PM

Don't know if anyone follows my Instagram but turns out the 302 for my Conquest is also locked up.. turned over fine before it was installed. Still have my daily driver down too... been lied to by the junkyard and have been waiting on a replacement engine for over a month now. Literally having to share a car with my Dad, which is never fun. Sorry that this build has been put off for so long, I've just had some pretty terrible luck and timing.

In the mean time, I did get the entire fuel system sorted out, the tank cleaned, new pump in, etc etc. One less thing to worry about. I'll post some pictures of the fuel system to the flickr I made for it. ( Link is https://flic.kr/s/aHsmfEKiz7  )
1988 Chrysler Conquest V8 302 Swap

- Rear 8s with 225/50 and 245/50 tires
- Ford 302 with XE262H-10 Cam, ported heads, performer RPM intake





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Posted 17 September 2018 - 06:16 PM

Update again, finally got a break from school thanks to Hurricane Harvey and went down to the garage this weekend. The ranger (daily driver) motor got replaced about a month ago, and I finally started back work on my car.

GREAT news, after pulling the transmission turns out my engine wasn't locked up! Just the trans. After filling the trans with new gear oil and providing some leverage I also got it freed up! While I was at it, I put a new oil pan in my car (since it turned out that it had a rusted-through pinhole and was dripping oil! And now I'm putting it back together.

Basically I'm now at a point of having a working trans & working, freed-up engine! WAY more motivated on this project, and finally have some more funds. Whenever school calms down I'm going to get some progress made! WOOHOO!!
1988 Chrysler Conquest V8 302 Swap

- Rear 8s with 225/50 and 245/50 tires
- Ford 302 with XE262H-10 Cam, ported heads, performer RPM intake

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Posted 01 October 2018 - 08:35 PM

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 07:37 PM

I haven't had a chance to watch the videos yet (I will) but can you tell me which engine mounts and oil pan you used?

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Posted 14 December 2018 - 01:16 PM

View Postdatsunfreak, on 06 December 2018 - 07:37 PM, said:

I haven't had a chance to watch the videos yet (I will) but can you tell me which engine mounts and oil pan you used?

I used motor mounts from a foxbody mustang V8 that looked like this:
https://www.ebay.com...XfvH8:rk:4:pf:0

And a front sump oil pan like this:
https://www.ebay.com...ng/202382363368



Monday is my last day of school for the semester - time to get back to work!
1988 Chrysler Conquest V8 302 Swap

- Rear 8s with 225/50 and 245/50 tires
- Ford 302 with XE262H-10 Cam, ported heads, performer RPM intake

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 10:18 PM

Bolted on the serpentine setup and was actually able to make the car spray fuel by using the fuel pump test line. Been taking lots of pictures throughout all of this and will share a video or two as things get more interesting. I bought a second parts car (an actual starion, not a conquest) for $300 which will save me a ton of money and has a lot of nice parts like a turbo rear hatch and good rear leather seats.

The fuel pump does not spray fuel when trying to "start" the car, does the ECU need to read ignition pulses to send the fuel pump power? Worse case scenario I'll hook a relay off of the ignition switch to the fuel pump test wire.

A 1988 F150 front serpentine setup DOES fit under the hood, even though it looks like it won't. It just amazes me how it fits under the hood. Deleted the SMOG pump and the belt needed was a K060895 (6 rib 89.5 inch). Probably could have bought a slightly shorter belt, the tensioner is close to being bottomed out.
1988 Chrysler Conquest V8 302 Swap

- Rear 8s with 225/50 and 245/50 tires
- Ford 302 with XE262H-10 Cam, ported heads, performer RPM intake

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 11:11 AM

The motor mounts for convertible Fox-Bodies are shorter than the hardtop versions. Just a little information for you guys.... I went through this with my swap.

The mounts you used (BTHOTROD) are the convertible mounts. They're close to an inch short than the hardtop versions.

Also; The Thunderbird waterpump shaft is shorter than the mustang and the truck versions. You can use a Thunderbird waterpump (I did) but they are standard rotation and not ccw like a Mustang. I just drilled new holes in my Mustang pulley (theyre different between the Mustang and T-Bird also) and run the ribs of the belt on the smooth pulley (so that the waterpump is running in the designed direction).  People told me it wouldnt work... It does. The belt has worn about 0.0010" into the surface of the pulley. I figure it might wear out in a couple million miles.

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 04:06 PM

View PostSA22C, on 07 January 2019 - 11:11 AM, said:

The motor mounts for convertible Fox-Bodies are shorter than the hardtop versions. Just a little information for you guys.... I went through this with my swap.

The mounts you used (BTHOTROD) are the convertible mounts. They're close to an inch short than the hardtop versions.

Yeah, I got the tip on the convertible mounts from PSITSI. I went to local parts store and looked at what they had available for foxbodys, I just assumed people could track them down from the pictures. I actually had a full explorer pulley and belt setup for it, but decided to keep the truck stuff since it cleared just fine and I liked the routing better. I mounted my radiator on the front side of the radiator support so I still have PLENTY of room. Maybe someday when I'm making better money than a highschool kid I'll buy a billet front serpentine setup or something, for now I'm just trying to get this thing running and driving!!

Honestly there's so many variations of 302/ 5.0 stuff you can piece together almost anything to work, you'd be amazed. Glad it worked for you and you proved everyone wrong, always a good feeling!
1988 Chrysler Conquest V8 302 Swap

- Rear 8s with 225/50 and 245/50 tires
- Ford 302 with XE262H-10 Cam, ported heads, performer RPM intake

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 05:23 PM

What radiator are you planning on using?

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 07:31 PM

I've actually already got one mounted, you can see some pictures on the Flickr link that I need to update with even more pictures: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmfEKiz7

Here's the radiator, and while it works it was definitely a little large height wise for a starquest. On the bright side, it looks like I've got a giant intercooler from the front! LOL. Here's the link to the radiator: https://www.ebay.com...=item1c7abbad4f



For future reference if the link ever goes out, its a generic 24x19x3 inch radiator for a Ford (outlets match up with that of a Ford).
1988 Chrysler Conquest V8 302 Swap

- Rear 8s with 225/50 and 245/50 tires
- Ford 302 with XE262H-10 Cam, ported heads, performer RPM intake

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 11:54 AM

View Postbthotrod, on 16 January 2019 - 07:31 PM, said:

I've actually already got one mounted, you can see some pictures on the Flickr link that I need to update with even more pictures: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmfEKiz7

Here's the radiator, and while it works it was definitely a little large height wise for a starquest. On the bright side, it looks like I've got a giant intercooler from the front! LOL. Here's the link to the radiator: https://www.ebay.com...=item1c7abbad4f



For future reference if the link ever goes out, its a generic 24x19x3 inch radiator for a Ford (outlets match up with that of a Ford).

That looks nice! Great fitment.  I absolutely love seeing the different ways people solve the weird little problems that arise when doing projects like this.   I also used an Edelbrock as I couldn't find a reasonably priced 4160 and used the exact same throttle cable adapter. Thats awesome!

I used a radiator out of a Chrysler LeBaron.   Same outlet configuration as a Ford. The reason I went this route was because you could find them on Rockauto for $30. haha!

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 12:08 PM

View PostSA22C, on 23 January 2019 - 11:54 AM, said:

That looks nice! Great fitment.  I absolutely love seeing the different ways people solve the weird little problems that arise when doing projects like this.   I also used an Edelbrock as I couldn't find a reasonably priced 4160 and used the exact same throttle cable adapter. Thats awesome!

I used a radiator out of a Chrysler LeBaron.   Same outlet configuration as a Ford. The reason I went this route was because you could find them on Rockauto for $30. haha!

Awesome! Yeah, I actually already had this Edelbrock laying around... I prefer a Holley-style but hey free is free! Once the car is on the road I can justify some upgrades. And wow that's a cheap radiator!
1988 Chrysler Conquest V8 302 Swap

- Rear 8s with 225/50 and 245/50 tires
- Ford 302 with XE262H-10 Cam, ported heads, performer RPM intake

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 11:22 PM

Update: Finally figured out the big issue with my car. Transmission input shaft was still too long after cutting it (95 mustang input shaft, foxbody bell housing) and so it was tightened into the pilot bearing. Made it seem like the motor was locked up... Anyways that's all solved now. Motor turns free, can now set the valve lash and crank it up for the first time!!

I also installed headers, fixed a few fuel leaks, figured out a solution for the top radiator hose, and made my high pressure power steering line!

Once done I will compile a list of all the parts I used, how I did it with pictures, etc in a separate post. Somewhat of a DIY-guide. I go off to college this fall so the car WILL be done by then!
1988 Chrysler Conquest V8 302 Swap

- Rear 8s with 225/50 and 245/50 tires
- Ford 302 with XE262H-10 Cam, ported heads, performer RPM intake

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Posted 16 March 2019 - 10:28 PM

The car runs!! I already typed out almost a complete write-up with part numbers and the like. I will post it as soon as this thing is actually *driveable* and not just the engine running with a jumper-box! Check my Instagram @grabherblue69 for a video of its first start-up!
1988 Chrysler Conquest V8 302 Swap

- Rear 8s with 225/50 and 245/50 tires
- Ford 302 with XE262H-10 Cam, ported heads, performer RPM intake

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Posted 06 June 2019 - 09:55 PM

Another update: All that's currently left on my list of to-do's is to measure and order a driveshaft, install some hood pins, and fix the rear brakes. Have yet to see the clutch system cycle yet too, so that may be on the table still.

The whole thing is wired and I'm really proud of it. Installed a 3g small case one-wire alternator with an internal fan and 120 amps - makes life SO much easier. Highly recommend for anyone doing this swap. Wired the alternator into a nice distribution block on the shock tower that goes to the battery, the starter, and a separate 80 amp relay for ignition-on power. The relay feeds a cheap ebay fuse box has been a life saver and made it so much easier to hardwire the fuel pump, electric choke, radiator fan, etc. A simple and clean way to have fused connections for all your ignition-on accessories.

My advice to anyone doing ANY swap is to take your time on the wiring, I've had a hacked up together project car before and diagnosing something with twisted together wires that are all the same color will make you hate your car. I've made sure that every splice is something I trust, every wire that is extended I kept the same color, etc. I was fortunate enough to have a spare wiring harness from a junk car that I spent an hour stripping all the wires from, and used these colorful wires to match up with the starquest wiring wherever possible and ran my own differently colored wiring where I could.

The flickr page has been updated with more pictures, however I need to take more. As ugly as the car looks, I'm very happy with how it is turning out. Everything is neat, easy to diagnose, and works better than expected. This car already has more gauges work in the dash than my daily driver.
1988 Chrysler Conquest V8 302 Swap

- Rear 8s with 225/50 and 245/50 tires
- Ford 302 with XE262H-10 Cam, ported heads, performer RPM intake

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 02:40 PM

Clutch system works perfect. Just had a bad clutch master and it let it blow by, swapped it for a new one and everything works as it should. Ordering a driveshaft this week, so excited!
1988 Chrysler Conquest V8 302 Swap

- Rear 8s with 225/50 and 245/50 tires
- Ford 302 with XE262H-10 Cam, ported heads, performer RPM intake

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 07:16 PM

Driveshaft is in & I got to drive it! So happy. They charged me $250 to build a new driveshaft with new u-joints but kept the rear starion flange & u-joint size. Maybe one day I'll upgrade to 1330 or 1350s on both ends but I don't think I'll need it for a while. I'll upload a video or two of the finished product once I tie up some loose ends and get it legally on the road!
1988 Chrysler Conquest V8 302 Swap

- Rear 8s with 225/50 and 245/50 tires
- Ford 302 with XE262H-10 Cam, ported heads, performer RPM intake





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