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#1 clow340

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Posted 29 March 2016 - 11:15 PM

Hello everyone, ive been putting this off for the last year but here is my engine swap. Ive been over my head busy with my life the last two years and didnt really want to post a swap project that just drags on forever with months in between updates. My house renovations are now coming to a an end, i finished school this past winter and im no longer dragged down by a girl friend. I can finally play with my car now. Theres a pretty good story that goes with the car, but ill save that for another time.

This is the car i started with, its a 1989 non shp conquest.

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Over the past 4 years ive put 6k on it. The rest of the time its had a bad engine. Apparently i cant keep a nearly stock g54 lower end together to save my life, so after 3 solid tries i decided to fix my problem. If im going to keep revving this thing to the moon while drifting i might as well do it with a cheap engine, and whats cheaper then a Ford 5.0? (a chevy 350 also works, i suppose..) I plan on running the car at track days, drift events and i want to be able to drive to and from where ever these events are, so it has to be tough and reliable with room to grow for engine improvements.

So it was decided. I sourced a pretty low mileage 302 off craigslist and scored a brand new t5 at an auction for $120 and a good 2 more years of crawling craiglist, ebay, swap meets and parts from friends of friends im now about 25% done. When i started in January last year i didnt think i would get this involved, but i wanted it right and i wanted it pretty. It would be a lie to say that i didnt get a ton of inspiration from John (convette), but the car was never supposed to be a copy of his car, but that seems to be what is happening. I only wish it was a different color.

if anyone remembers is did this write up for the knuckles last year
http://www.starquest...howtopic=148868

i also did this too
http://www.starquest...howtopic=147320

Both of these set ups worked but i didnt like where the engine sat and that there wasnt any room to take the engine in and out of the car easily. Ease of maintenance is a huge deal to me. so i first made room like so...

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And while i was at it i sort of copied john with the steering and redoing of the cross member

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Im also a tool maker sooooo NEW KNUCKLES WOOOO

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also did the trans mount with crush sleeves through the frame rails. Ill need to find more pics

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oh ya new knuckles installed

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This is good for tonight, there will be more tomorrow some time.





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Posted 30 March 2016 - 04:48 AM

i am sure you could sell a few of those knuckles if you offered them up for sale.

looks good so far.

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 09:15 AM

This all looks very familiar... haha Great job man, I just made new knuckles recently, could have just sold you old ones.  What aluminium did you use?

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 09:49 AM

I'll be interested in some knuckles

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 10:04 PM

View Postimportwarrior, on 30 March 2016 - 04:48 AM, said:

i am sure you could sell a few of those knuckles if you offered them up for sale.

looks good so far.

View Postjet, on 30 March 2016 - 09:49 AM, said:

I'll be interested in some knuckles

I wouldnt mind making them but i need to do some R&D before i try to market anything. This is just the first set ive made and im sure ill end up changing them after i get the car going. Another big thing is that this isnt really a one size fits all type of thing, everyones set up is different unless i also made the cross member to go with the knuckles. Theres tons of variables, but if some one sent me an idea of what they wanted i could work with them to make the geometries right. Its not hard, way simpler to do then trying to get a rear steer right.

View PostConvette, on 30 March 2016 - 09:15 AM, said:

This all looks very familiar... haha Great job man, I just made new knuckles recently, could have just sold you old ones.  What aluminium did you use?

Thanks, i still have a lot left to do. In 2 weeks it goes to a frame shop to make sure its straight and hopefully a cage in the next month. I kinda want your used knuckles just to measure and compare what i came up with. As far as i know your the first! I just used 6061, its pretty thick and should be ok. Any other ones i make will be out of 2024 though, at the time this was what i had.

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 10:27 PM

One thing i didnt mention was that i need to be able to buy parts anywhere so ive been using unmodified parts as much as possible. These are 64-73 mustang engine mounts and they sit about half an inch lower than any fox body mounts and take up less space. I also used a fox body oil pan. It fits perfect. Ill get better pictures of the trans mount this weekend, but i used a mount from v8 explorer. It is by far the best you could buy, super low profile and stout.

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An odd behind the tire picture but it shows the oil pan level with the engine cradle. I also relocated the control arms up .5in and tigged some washers on for support.

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more to come this weekend.

Edited by clow340, 30 March 2016 - 10:28 PM.


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Posted 01 April 2016 - 06:56 AM

Awesome build! Im also just finishing up a purpose built starion drift car. Mines LS Turbo swapped with a old 4 speed, 240 rack and lots of other stuff. As soon as i saw those knuckes i was like "im pm'ing him i need a set" but then i realized your not using rear steer setup. I do have your "how to" saved on modified stock knuckes and i will prob end up with somthing similar to that. Keep up the good work!  I will post up some pics/vids of mine when its all done. I will be at all CT drift events and some NY/NJ/PA events too.

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Posted 01 April 2016 - 09:49 AM

awesomeness ;)
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Posted 03 April 2016 - 09:29 PM

Thanks guys! Theres still a lot left to do. starionslider i pmed you. I didnt get much done this weekend, i had a 21st birthday party i went to and some house work i wanted to get done. Also got a bead roller and scored a 9in Southbend for FREEEEE! The problem is its the ways need regrinding and the carriage needs rescraping... Maybe ill get to it this in the fall, but anyway heres an update.

Bump steer kit came in!!!
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This is an explorer mount, super low profile
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Started putting the tunnel and firewall back together, i didnt get too far.
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moved back 3in
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FREE LATHE!! pretty excited about that
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Posted 17 December 2016 - 09:39 PM

It's been a very long time since an update so I thought I'd post some progress. The car needs to be prepped for paint still but all of the fab work is done.

I enclosed the fender wells in the front. Now I can use  rear 8in rims up front with no rubbing and I can add more angle later on if I choose.
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I'm a little surprised I didn't take many pics of the fire wall or tunnel.
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Also made a sweet bash bar!!
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And to top it off a roll cage
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This thing has been a ton of work but I think the hardest is done.
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Posted 18 December 2016 - 08:17 PM

Nice work man. I like the tunnel tuck.
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Posted 19 December 2016 - 12:04 PM

Nice man, I'm having flash backs!

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 12:39 PM

Nice
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Posted 19 December 2016 - 01:27 PM

Cool...

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 10:18 PM

Thanks everyone, it's getting closer

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 08:58 AM

Almost time for smokey burnouts!!




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