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posted 03-09-2005 11:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cornfedp   Click Here to Email Cornfedp     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi all, just found this site after a "google" search and am enjoying the reading. Now to the bones of the issue. I just bought a 1988 LX for what I thought was a good price, had the convertible top replaced and am now ready to address the engine.

The car has 160k on it but the 2.3 runs pretty good yet, starts hard, but otherwise runs good.

Is it possible to just swap in a 5.0 engine? I am wanting to go for the older engine of the non computerized variety.

Any other issues besides the obvious tranny and rear end?

Thanks in advance for any advice and knowledge all may impart.

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posted 03-10-2005 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mooney   Click Here to Email Mooney     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just curious why you'd want to go carbed in an 88? Theres a lot of potential with those 5.0 HO's.
This site right here:
Gives an excellent rundown.


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posted 03-10-2005 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sure you can.
All the parts are avialable from a wrecking yard or aftermarket.
Automatic is the easiest.
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posted 03-10-2005 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capri man   Click Here to Email capri man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
and the rear end will work just fine unless you get up to 300-400 hp!!
btw welcome to m&m.

mike r
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everything else is just a game.
81 capri-302-7.25 @93mph 1/8
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