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1996 Mustang (SN95) ---> 2.3t swap

Thanks for the suggestion, Ray. I went down and bought a set of standard and metric crow's foot wrenches.

I resealed the motor plate last week and stripped a thread in the cylinder head for the timing belt tensioner. Thankfully, it was accessible and easy to heli-coil.

The oil leak was just a loose hose fitting and was an easy fix. I'll save those crow's foot wrenches for another day Smile .

I fired the car up and ran it long enough to cycle the electric water pump and fans. The temp gun showed everything running at a steady 150*.

This weekend, I plan to get it on the road and start working through the gremlins.

Have a good day!
Michael
1996 Ford Mustang
2.5t Folvo w/ HE351VE, MS3X, & TKO500

1958 Plymouth Savoy
Flathead 6 and 3-on-the-tree

2018 Audi RS3
2.5t, AWD
11.23 @ 121 mph
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Good evening all,

Again, a few things have happened since the last update and, somehow, that's taken another six months to sort out.

After I started cruising the car around, I quickly realized the temps would wander up to 215*F and quickly drop back to 175*...over and over again. Using an infrared temp gun, the coolant coming back into the radiator never got much over 185*. This led me to believe the engine had a hotspot that just so happened to be around the CLT. Talking with Tom, he suggested reversing the coolant flow.

Tom's suggestion made lots of sense and I bought the parts to convert the flow direction of the coolant. Two hours of labor and six months later, the car was back up and running.

Now, the coolant stays nice and cool and I'm working on the tune. I'm cruising around town, to and from work, etc trouble-free so far. The tip-in is a bit finicky when cold and gets decent when it's warm. I'm playing around in Tuner Studio with accel enrichment settings.

The car still has tons of details that need finished up, but none of that affects its drivability.

Have a good day!
Michael
1996 Ford Mustang
2.5t Folvo w/ HE351VE, MS3X, & TKO500

1958 Plymouth Savoy
Flathead 6 and 3-on-the-tree

2018 Audi RS3
2.5t, AWD
11.23 @ 121 mph
Reply

Id love to see the details of how you did the cooling system. That was something I was considering
Brian Rasey
88Ranger 2.6 Talldeck
83 Tbird 5.0
16 F150 5.0
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Since I'm running a motor plate, remote mounted electric water pump, and Megasquirt, it was simpler than a conventional setup. I removed the thermostat and am pushing water into the thermostat housing and out the motor plate and into the radiator. Megasquirt turns the electric water pump on at 170*F.

I haven't taken the car on the highway much, but, compared to the conventional water routing, I am very pleased (and a little surprised) with how well it's keeping things cooled off.

I'll snap some photos and post them up.

Have a good day!
Michael
1996 Ford Mustang
2.5t Folvo w/ HE351VE, MS3X, & TKO500

1958 Plymouth Savoy
Flathead 6 and 3-on-the-tree

2018 Audi RS3
2.5t, AWD
11.23 @ 121 mph
Reply

Quote:Originally posted by Michael D.:


Since I'm running.....an electric water pump.....(reverse cooling) was simpler than (with) a conventional setup.

That certainly makes sense, Michael, since AFAIK it would be virtually impossible to reverse the flow of coolant with a "conventional setup". :dunno: <font color=navy>
Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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Quote:Originally posted by Deathbypsi:
Id love to see the details of how you did the cooling system. That was something I was considering
Here are a couple photos of the radiator hose routing in the engine bay. The electric water pump is pulling from the bottom of the radiator and pushing fluid into the gutted thermostat housing. I foresee the fluid going through the cylinder head, down into the block, and out the front of the block (where the water pump would normally be). From there, it ties dumps into the top of the radiator.

   

   

   

I've put about 50 miles on the car. It threw the alternator belt and I'd like to make a better mount for the alternator. Currently, it's not aligned as well as I'd like it to be. Once I the get the OEM water temp gauge working in the car. When I ground the wire out, the gauge moves. I'm guessing the sensor is bad, but it's a new sensor. Not really sure why it's not working.

Have a good day!
Michael
1996 Ford Mustang
2.5t Folvo w/ HE351VE, MS3X, & TKO500

1958 Plymouth Savoy
Flathead 6 and 3-on-the-tree

2018 Audi RS3
2.5t, AWD
11.23 @ 121 mph
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pictures are massive
SVO Coming soon
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Revised Alternator Mount:
The revised alternator mount is 90% completed, but I've stopped working on it. If I throw the belt again, I'll finish fabbing it and install it.

Remove Tuning Help:
I got some help remote tuning the car some. The primary goal with that was idle quality and miscellaneous Tuner Studio settings. He also helped line out the timing advance table. The large injectors were struggling with the low pulse width at idle. It turns out I had the base fuel pressure too high. With that adjusted, the car idles decently stable...albeit at 9.5:1 AFR. I intend to install an IAC to help control the idle a little more and, most importantly, allow me to add A/C back to the car. I'm not too old to cruise around without A/C, but...I feel it on occasion.

Adjusting the base fuel pressure has undone all the VE table adjustments that were done. Living in town, unlike a few years ago, adjusting the higher RPM/boost regions are more challenging due to traffic.

Factory Gauges:
I've been working to hook up the factory gauges. I FINALLY found the right sensor for the coolant temp. The oil pressure, which has been hooked up was fluctuating. I hooked up a mechanical oil pressure gauge and cleaned the contacts on the OEM sensor.

A/C Install
I started pulling out the A/C parts that were installed with the last engine combo (non-Folvo). I'll need to redo most of the lines because the turbo/header/downpipe setup is different than before.

Goals:
Though progressive is incredibly slow with this project, I do hope to start taking the car to the drag strip this summer.

Have a good day!
Michael
1996 Ford Mustang
2.5t Folvo w/ HE351VE, MS3X, & TKO500

1958 Plymouth Savoy
Flathead 6 and 3-on-the-tree

2018 Audi RS3
2.5t, AWD
11.23 @ 121 mph
Reply

I'm looking forward to the drag-strip results, Michael! :cheers: <font color=navy>
Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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I was working to tune the 150+ KPA regions, was pinging pretty hard, and blew a head gasket. The car sat for a while, but is now up and running again. Now that the car is back up and running, I've switched to E85. I have an ethanol sensor hooked up and communicating with Tunerstudio.

While pulling the Mustang in the shop to fix the head gasket, I wasn't paying enough attention and inadvertantly hooked the tow strap to the tie rod. The car has a manual Pinto R&P from Flaming River and it turns out they don't sell the inner tie rod any longer and I have been unsuccessful tracking down a replacement. It's not a Pinto inner tie rod Smile. I called Flaming River to ask for some advice for the inner tie rod. Instead of selling me an inner tie rod, they sold me a new, complete Pinto R&P for a very fair price -- more than an inner tie rod, but way less than a new R&P. Once I get that installed and the car aligned, I'll start tuning the E85.

I'm still struggling to find a spark table for the B234F cylinder head. My knowledge on this aspect is very limited beyond knowing a central spark plug requires less timing. I've reached out to Dr. Haulsee to see if he's willing to share his last ignition table. Fingers crossed!

Cam Timing:
With the car at TDC, the adjustable cam sprockets show 10* off. I moved both cams 10* so the 0* mark matches TDC on the engine.

IAC:
I haven't run an IAC with the Folvo setup yet. I grabbed an IAC from a 2.5 intake setup I had laying around and made a plate to allow remote mounting the IAC.

   

Have a great day!
Michael
1996 Ford Mustang
2.5t Folvo w/ HE351VE, MS3X, & TKO500

1958 Plymouth Savoy
Flathead 6 and 3-on-the-tree

2018 Audi RS3
2.5t, AWD
11.23 @ 121 mph
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