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Doing a 88 TC 2.3t swap to a fox body getting info/parts list now to get a head start
#31

I was totally wrong with my timeline lol. Weekend maybe nonstop and a ton of coffee, redbulls, maybe other substances and it might possibly run but unlikely. 




So I did accomplish yanking the motor from the 88 TC in and mocking it up in the fox body in about 3 hours on Saturday night. It might of been faster but that was my first ever motor pull, I had some mechanic help in the beginning but after we were on our own (my bro in law and myself). 

The one thing that threw me off was the fact that the fox body has a QA1 Tubular K member and the mounts on it were only for a 5.0 and I had convertible 5.0 motor mounts on 2.3 brackets but I was still unsure about if it would work. I couldn't find anyone else running that K member with a 2.3T. After a ton of over thinking and analyzing I realized its fine lol. 

Def have to chop installing it in segments as I work full time and typically on the weekends for overtime. This upcoming weekends goal is to secure the motor in the cradle and then do a clutch, pilot bearing, rear main seal, throw out bearing, 2.3 clutch cable. After that get the actual trans bolted in with the cross member and driveshaft.

If that goes smoothly then the following weekend work on the wiring harness which is something i'm definitely overthinking lol.


Speaking of driveshafts....whats the right driveshaft I should be running? TC or a Fox body driveshaft for a v8/2.3??


Speaking of driveshafts
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#32

Found this earlier.  Hopefully someone can confirm that all 4 to 8 cylinders with a T5 have the same length driveshafts in a Mustang.  The Thunderbird had a longer driveshaft.

From a Google search to help identify through the driveshafts:
"Early model Foxbody Mustangs (1979-1983 ½) had a diameter of 2.75 inches and a length ranging between 45.51 inches and 46.25 inches. The later models, starting halfway through 1983, were equipped with a beefier 3 inch diameter driveshaft with an average length of 45.49 inchesge length of 45.49 inches"
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#33

(02-14-2020, 05:58 PM)Mikey97D Wrote:  Found this earlier.  Hopefully someone can confirm that all 4 to 8 cylinders with a T5 have the same length driveshafts in a Mustang.  The Thunderbird had a longer driveshaft.

From a Google search to help identify through the driveshafts:
"Early model Foxbody Mustangs (1979-1983 ½) had a diameter of 2.75 inches and a length ranging between 45.51 inches and 46.25 inches. The later models, starting halfway through 1983, were equipped with a beefier 3 inch diameter driveshaft with an average length of 45.49 inchesge length of 45.49 inches"
So does anyone know where the measurements are measured from on the driveshafts?

Got the engine sitting nice in the k member now. New pilot bearing, rear main, throwout bearing, cough ‘slightly pre owned’ centerforce clutch, freshly surfaced flywheel is in. Trans is sitting good and the car has a stock v8 clutch cable that’s looks like it’s gonna reach oddly enough, maybe the firewall adjuster is helping. 

Had a spare driveshaft but I think it’s too long. It’s not a TC driveshaft though. That’s gotta get figured at some point but this thing don’t even crank over so I’m not sweating it too much.  

Big things now:

Find the right driveshaft
Remove EGR
Figure out the wiring harness (this car has no engine harness at all only body)
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#34

Check your local Pick-N-Pull. The driveshaft from any '79-'93 Mustang with 2.3/T5 should work.
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#35

Ian, I should have a drive shaft kicking around. The last Fox I parted was a '92 Mustang, I'll look for it and send you a message.
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#36

(02-17-2020, 04:51 AM)Paul LeDuc Wrote:  Ian, I should have a drive shaft kicking around. The last Fox I parted was a '92 Mustang, I'll look for it and send you a message.

Sounds good. I have a buddy here locally who has a bunch of old Ford parts and he has a few different driveshafts laying around but not sure which one is from what vehicle at this point.
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#37

Was a pretty productive Saturday!

IT RUNS

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Got some stuff to figure out but all in all its alive and running under its own power. Just in time too, was getting tired of pushing it lol. 

Id say the next big thing im not sure about is ditching the power steering pump and what bracket I gotta use. Seems like there is multiple different ways of doing it. 

And second big thing is finding out if Auto cars came with the plug for a clutch neutral safety switch somewhere under the dash or if I gotta add it in somewhere??
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#38

You don't need no stinking switch!! ; ) I think the switch was in the pedals on my transplant. But I don't bother. Was wondering how things were coming along.
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#39

(03-02-2020, 01:45 AM)supercab78 Wrote:  You don't need no stinking switch!!  ; )      I think the switch was in the pedals on my transplant. But I don't bother.  Was wondering how things were coming along.

I have this dumb luck and also have dumb moments where I can picture this thing taking off on me in gear lol. Im gonna try to do it the right way. I've read that all 87-93 foxes had the clutch pedal switch connectors taped off and jumped in the main harness regardless of being an Auto. I gotta get in there and dig em out.

Also need to buy or find a reverse light harness for under neath it. I have the one from the turbo coupe not sure if the connectors are the same though.
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