Discussion in 'Offroad Drivelines' started by Kris Guilbeaux, June 5, 2012.
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Looking sweet!!! Keep up the good work.
What type of motor mounts did you end up using?
Any other issuses with fitment?
I used the new James duff mounts only issues I found were the instructions are poor.
Wow, now that's talent! I love the look of powder coat and that is an awesome design for your theme! Looks great!
Dark pics I am sorry...
driver side motor mount.
Looking good Cant Wait for more !
There has not been much progress do to my lack of funding in my checking acct. but here is a photo of how it looks setting in the truck.
BTW Turtle does a great job on his powder coating. every one here needs a little Turtle in there Trucks.
So after months of head scratching looking at the motor in the engine bay and wondering why is this thing so flippin high in the engine bay. These aftermarket motor mounts put the motor up way higher then I wanted the motor. So, with the help of a welder buddy away I went cutting a notch in the oil pan and modifying the James Duff motor mounts to get this motor to play limbo in the engine bay. So how low can you go 5.0?
New oil pan clearance at the drop bracket
AC compressor clearance at the frame rail
Hey look the exit of the passenger exhaust has clearance now!!!
Looks like I will have AC too.
Room for the transmission to fit too
Steering has clearance too
Looking good Kris!
Just going to throw out the fact that the cast manifolds from a 99-up might even fit in a bit tighter. And they will flow better.
I might do torque monsters in the future.
That's an excellent mod. Every bit you can get the engine down, the better it will be for the trucks center of gravity as well. They say as a rule of thumb, the CG for any passenger vehicle is along the centerline of the crankshaft.
The goal here is to actually complete a 5.0 swap into a first gen 4wd WITHOUT a body lift OR a suspension lift. by modifing the james duff motor mounts, the oil pn, and some grinding on the driver side drop bracket, i believe we will be able to accomplish something no one has before (unless i stand corrected lol)
wow exciting thread ive been thinking of doing the exact same thing to my 92 !
Kris, is this project still ongoing? I may be starting a nearly identical swap late this year and would love to pick your brain on some swap questions, and maybe meet up (I'm in Arkansas).
Yes the project is still moving forward. But at a snails pase. I really do not have any real updates due to I need to pull the trans back out to have it gone thru and seal the motor up for the final fitment.
I'm glad I found your thread.. along with Jamie's and a few others I should have a lot of info if I can convince myself to do this swap on my 93. Luckily I have an entire 97 5.0 Explorer that I have owned since 60K miles.
Couple questions I had though.. do I have to retain the emissions from the 97 truck? i.e. the extra sensor and lines going to the fuel tank and the EGR system. My state does not have emissions testing and I was wondering if it is possible to omit these while doing the swap.
Any info you can share would be greatly appreciated!
if you want to keep the cehck engine light off, yes, you will have to retain all that. having already modded the vehicle myself for this instance, its not that hard to rewire the frame harness and add the fuel pressaure transducer to the factory first gen tank. took me all of a couple hours to do
Are there any other pics of the work you did on the tank? Or if you wanted to pm to explain it a little more in detail that would be great!
I see you're a wizard when it comes to harnesses.. wink wink lol
He is the Harry potter of electrical harnesses ;-). Sorry Russell I had to do it
haha thats awesome
So has there been any progress on this swap. I am thinking of doing a 5.0 swap. I like how it looks as if this swap will not have to have a lift. My 94 EX is a 4 door Auto tranny auto transfer case auto hubs. I am going to swap everything over to manual control when I do the 5.0 swap. I Really really do not want a lift at all. I also will not run any emissions except for evap canister and catalytic converters. Im just starting to absorb the info for doing the 5.0 swap, mainly looking for more info on hardware and hard parts. Im not too worried about wiring and all of that. Hope this gets updated with the final fitment soon.
So sorry I have not been working on this. My line up with jobs got a little hectic. JPX took a back seat for a while.. Now I am going full speed ahead on this.
So Now that I have figured out my motor placement I pulled every thing back out. My transmission is currently apart getting all new clutches and bands, Motor is apart as well getting all new seals.
This weds and thurs I will be doing the final bolt in, hopefully.
Also just went through and fixed all the broken picture links
Well guys the motor is just about ready.. I can start my final fitment...
here is the pics of the motor.