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fordblue
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posted 11-01-2002 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fordblue   Click Here to Email fordblue     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello to all I am new to this board,
I just obtained a 1969 Mustang convertible. It came with a 302 C-4. I have a spare 428CJ that I would like to put in as well as a C-6. I know that the factory FE motored Mustangs had some shock tower changes. I am wondering what it would take to put the 428 in it. I would like to hear from anyone who has messed around with this swap.

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Stan

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-01-2002 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome, Stan!

The big block cars got a shock tower bracing kit, a similar one is sold by NPD. Then you just swap in the motor mounts and insulators and go from there.

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posted 11-01-2002 11:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By the way, the Boss 429 cars had to have their shock towers cut to make those huge heads fit, the 390/428 cars didn't need that done, if that was what you were thinking about.

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posted 11-01-2002 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to M&M fordblue !


The CJ/C-6 is a bolt in as long as you have all the mounts. The trans crossmember is unique and very hard to locate. If you do consider this project there are many, many knowledgeable members here that can/will help you out.

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posted 11-01-2002 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I haven't put one in a convertible but I've swapped them into cars with and without the extra shock tower brace.You've got a little extra room without the bracing.Go for it, it will make an awesome car

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posted 11-01-2002 08:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fordblue   Click Here to Email fordblue     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by mustangboy:
I haven't put one in a convertible but I've swapped them into cars with and without the extra shock tower brace.You've got a little extra room without the bracing.Go for it, it will make an awesome car


Thank you all for the responses. This is very helpful to me. A couple more questions; How essential are the braces? Would the front end be strong enough for the extra weight and stress if I added a monte carlo bar and an export braceand did not add the welded in bracing?

Sincerely,
Stan

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dhearn
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posted 11-02-2002 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dhearn   Click Here to Email dhearn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[QUOTE]Originally posted by fordblue:
[ I have a spare 428CJ
boy I wish I had a spare one haha

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mustangboy
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posted 11-03-2002 01:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I never had any problems with my cars but I was never able to get any of my FEs to last that long ,(non were properly built either).I believe the first 68 mustangs ford made for factory drag cars were all six cylinder cars originally and didn't have the bracing.If they could withstand that you shouldn't have any troubles especially if its just a cruiser.

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