Engine and Powertrain
Page 1- Exterior
Page 2- Interior and Audio
Page 3- Engine and Powertrain - You are here
Page 4- Chassis and Suspension
Page 5- The Rust :(
Page 6- Overview
Page 7- Weight Reduction
Page 8- Trips to the Dragstrip
Page 9- Gas Mileage
Page 10- Youtube Videos
Well, here is the engine, bone stock. When I bought it, it still had its original Motocraft plugs and wires on it, badly leaking valvecovers, leaky exhaust, ect. While I was still driving it on a 10-day trip permit, a coolant hose on the front right corner of the Intake manifold exploded. I stopped at the nearest Tim Hortons and filled my radiator back up with water, and headed home since I was only about 3km away from my house. From that point, it was parked for the next 4 months.
A series of events led me to having to get this car on the road in mid March. Second day after she was road legal, me and some friends took a trip to a local pick'n'pull. The first things I changed in the engine compartment was the stock fanshroud for a 1990 Lincoln Towncar fanshroud, because the Lincoln has its own coolant overflow bottle attached to the side of it. Also changed the stock washerbottle to one out of a 1993 Mercury Grand Marquis. These two Modifications allowed me to get rid of the stock combination overflow/washer bottle and free up alot of room in the left front corner of the engine bay. One thing that should be noted is that if you swap washer bottles, make sure you grab the wiring connector from the car you took it off of, as they are not the same.
Next thing I did was a tuneup. New NGK G-power plugs, an MSD Blastercoil, A K&N air filter, and ran a carbon cleaning product through the engine before I changed everything. Noticed a bit better gas mileage and the car felt like It accelerated better. On the left is all the new parts, and on the right are the old crusty original plugs.
Next came the deletion of the A/C system and the A.I.R system.
The A/C no longer worked and was just extra drag on the engine, and most of the A.I.R lines had rotted, and it was just dead weight. The removal ended up shaving over 50lbs off the weight of the car (not that much, but every bit counts) and got rid of that stupid tensioner setup for the A/C and A.I.R belt. Because the A/C pump bracket is now gone, I had to re-locate the coil to the passenger inner fender.
I next added an after-market transmission cooler made by Mr. Transmission. It is a stacked plate design cooler, measuring 11"x12". I bypassed the stock cooler in the radiator. I did this both to aid in keeping the transmission cooler, and because I plan to use an aftermarket aluminum radiator in the future, and most so not come with built-in coolers.
I left work early one day because we were dead and I wanted to get started on swapping over my H.O upper intake and throttle body off an 89 Lincoln MK VII. When putting on the H.O upper intake, you also need to get stock EGR spacer bored out to match the H.O upper and throttle body. You also need to swap the throttle linkages between the H.O TB and LOPO TB. I also had a set of aluminum valvecovers off the same car with a new set of Fel-Pro Permadry valvecover gaskets to install. I finished getting rid of the A.I.R system at the same time and deleted all the vacumn lines that were no longer nescessary, and relocated the un-used vacumn solenoids away from eyesight, though cleaning up the wiring is an on-going process. After the swap, acceleration and gas mileage slightly improved over what it had been. I had a massive pain in the ass trying to find bolts that would seal up the back of the heads where the crossover tube used to be. The darker bolt on the left was one I found in my Dad's workshop that matched the holes, the gold one on the right was the bolts I was told would fit, 5/8" by 1/2" long. I ended up having to cut the older bolt in half then cuttig a groove in the one half so I could turn it in with a small screwdriver.
To make a C.A.I, I used a modified INjen intake off a 1991 Acura Integra. I still have to either build a box to isolate the filter from the warm air in the engine bay, or turn it down to put it directly into cold air in front of the left front wheel.
Next up was the stock exhaust system. It had to go. I used a set of stock tubular exhaust manifolds off a H.O Mustang engine. I cleaned up the welds inside the flanges because they looked horrible. After 10 coats of flat white high heat paint, they looked like they do below. The exhaust itself is all custom mandrel bent. From the headers to the mufflers is 2.5" tubing with 2 2.5" catalytic converters, the mufflers are 2.5" Flowmaster 40-Series, and from the mufflers over the rear axle is in 2.25" piping since it is very hard to bend 2.5" over the axle. Tips are almost 2' long 3" diameter boomtubes. I plan on painting the entire exhaust in flat black high heat paint. Pics below show the headers before and after porting, and before and after sandblasting and painting. Last pick is the old cast iron "log" headers, what came off the car. Sorry about the pictures, I had to take them off my other cardomain site as they were intended for another car and were deleted off my computer. Mind the dirt, I just got back from a 2000km road trip and have yet to clean her up yet.
And here is what it sounds like....
Got bored at work, and decided to clean up a set of steel valvecovers I had laying around. The aluminum mustang valvecovers are not really doing it for me, and the oil cap no longer fits, and I had to grind it down to fit correctly. Figure these will go on sometime next year. Color is dark Ford Blue, the darker pic is the actual color they are. First pic is before pic, second pic is after sandblasting.
Race built AOD transmission, formerly in
Blaze86Vic's Car. Went all the way the way to Virginia to get it. It has the 4R70W gearset plus a bunch of other stuff that I dont really know what it does. This is off Blaze's Cardomain page.....
So what�s in the tranny? First off it has the 4R70W gear.
A servo, mechanical 2nd gear diode, 4 clutch second, wider OD band, combination Bauman/Superior shift kits.
New shift patter in OD-2-1
New B&M 2100rpm stall converter.
Should be getting installed next year when I convert the engine to H.O specs or swap te whole thing out.
Electric Fan out of a 1995 Ford Taurus. With gas prices nowadays, every little thing helps.