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Jim69Mustang
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From: Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Registered: Jan 2005

posted 01-11-2005 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim69Mustang   Click Here to Email Jim69Mustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have just finished rebuilding the body of my 68 Falcon. I have noticed it is underpowered on the hills here. I have a spare 289 V8 engine. I would appreciate any comments, specific procedures, parts needed, etc. to make a change out. My Falcon currently has a Straght (200 ci) 6 Cylinder with a C4 transmission.
Thanks!!

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Mooney
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From: Marietta, Ga
Registered: Oct 2003

posted 01-15-2005 05:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mooney   Click Here to Email Mooney     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to M&M!

I did this swap on my 65 stang.. what a mess it was (Though I went with a newer model 302)! I've heard a many a people say that its cheaper to buy a V8 car than to swap to one. I don't think this is necessarily true if you can do most of the work yourself and you go junkyard hunting.

Since you're going with an older block then this should make it easier in a few minimal senses.

Now since you're doing a 68, I don't know if the steering components/brakes are different. Those should be changed to V8 standards if they're not there all ready.

For the C4 you'll need a new bellhousing and blockplate for a V8 (I'd think?)

Probably a new radiator, motor mounts, could probably use your existing wiring harness, but some wires might need to be lengthened. A starter to bolt up to the new bell. Accelerator pedal linkage could be different too.

Your driveshaft will most likely be the wrong length now as well.

I can't answer any of these exactly since I don't know much about that year model. Maybe someone else can come along and give you a better idea. And maybe the above might help to an extent.

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