In this pic, I've gotten the upper intake off and removed the injectors from the fuel rail.
I then took the injector harness off, pictured is the stock regulator still attached. I upgraded to a Kirban Adjustable Fuel Pressure Regulator, which will come in handy with future modifications.
I was able to remove the lower intake with the strut tower brace still in place, but I had to loosen the brace at the pinch welds and remove all the bolts at the strut towers. I had a helper hold up the strut tower brace while I slid the intake under it and out the front.
Here is a couple pics of the motor with the lower intake removed. This 5.0 has 130,000 miles so the old intake gaskets were a real pain to remove. It took me about a couple hours and 3 razor blades on a gasket scraper to get the head surfaces really clean. A couple hours sounds excessive, but man was it hard to remove all that old gasket material. You GOT to make sure the head surface is clean to get a good gasket seal. This is something you don't want to mess up and do over.
Here is the factory lower intake off of the car. Pretty dirty after 130,000 miles.
Here are the new Edelbrock gaskets laid down. I used Edelbrock Gasgacinch for a good seal, and used blue rtv around the water ports (ONLY on the intake manifold side). Black RTV silicone on the end rails.
And the new Edelbrock Performer 5.0 lower intake in place! I had to completely remove the strut tower brace to do this. I didn't have my roomate handy for a second set of hands at this part, and I just couldn't lower the intake in place and hold the brace out of the way all at the same time.
Here is a BEFORE and AFTER pic of the injectors. Notice one of them is gray?! I don't know why, it had a Ford part # cast on the injector body, but also was stamped DENSO while the others weren't. The second picture is after they were sonic cleaned and rebuilt with Mr.Injector O-rings, spacers, and pintle caps by a local engine shop.
I used a set of stainless ARP intake manifold bolts to torque down my new Edelbrock manifold. Make sure to follow the torque sequence carefully, and do it multiple times gradually reaching the final torque reading.
Here is a pic of the freshened injectors installed in the intake with the fuel rail and the Kirban regulator.
I couldn't help posting a picture of this. I found this on the distributor right before I was about to reinstall it. This is a factory marking on the Ford Duraspark distributor. I had a good chuckle over that.
Here, I've installed the upper intake and am in the process of installing the new 70mm Edelbrock Throttle body and EGR spacer.
Everything is bolted back together with the Strut Tower Brace in place!
Page 1: General Info
Page 2: Early Engine Modifications
Page 3: Suspension Modifications
Page 4: Edelbrock Intake pics
Page 5: Headers/Intake UPDATE
Page 6: Headers/Intake UPDATE Page 2
Page 7: Heads/Cam install
Page 8: CNC Modified valve covers