Meet Rachel - Crystal White 98 Cobra Convertible Build

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Good luck on the swap. I saw your post on Facebook, how long do you it will take you to complete the swap?


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Thanks. I'm not really in a rush. I'm still waiting on an order from PBH and CJ Pony Parts. I think I have everything else needed for the swap. It would be nice if I could get it done this year, but we'll see what happens.

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I started getting the engine ready. I am going to swap the crank damper, oil pan, oil filter adapter, engine harness, timing cover, cams, and exhaust phasers with Gen. 2 Mustang parts. I'm also using Boundary oil pump gears and crank sprocket.
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When your project is done, any estimate on how many hours you will have invested? What you're doing is really very impressive.
 

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When your project is done, any estimate on how many hours you will have invested? What you're doing is really very impressive.
So far it's the same as doing a 4.6L engine swap. The fuel system and the tubular K member will be the same, as well. The only thing I'm not sure on so far will be the control pack wiring. When I get done I'm sure I'll post everything I did and spent.

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Installed the new engine harness, McLeod lightened steel flywheel, Ford pilot bearing, and the McLeod Super Street Pro clutch today. Used ARP clutch bolts and new Ford flywheel bolts with LocTite. Next up is the exhaust manifolds, motor mounts, and bolting up the UPR tubular K member.
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Bolted the long tubes and motor mounts on. Had to grind the top of the passenger side motor mount a very little. The Stage 8 header bolts rattle a little, but I don't think I'll be hearing them over the exhaust, I guess I'll see. I bought the motor mounts for my last engine so they're over a year old, but the car hasn't been driven with them on. The engine lift plate I got from DeVito Racing worked great. I didn't need to use a load leveler at all and the engine/transmission were perfectly level.
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Had to take off the driver side header to swap out the seperator plate. I used the Coyote plate and it doesn't cover the bottom half of the clutch. I replaced the stock steering shaft with a Maximum Motorsports shaft. I also replaced the hood release cable. Next step is bolting the engine, transmission, and K member into the car. Hopefully I'll be able to get that done next weekend. This weekend is the All Ford Nationals in Carlisle, PA.

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Front suspension is all in (just gotta torque the control arms) and its finally back on all 4 tires. The oil filter has just barely enough clearance, but it's enough. The K member is off centered by about 3/8" towards the driver side because the steering shaft was really close to hitting. This also helped the BBK collectors be more centered.
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Here's the amount of clearance the oil filter has when it's unthreaded. Stock 98 Cobra sway bar and brackets and I'm using UPR 3/8" motor mount shims. View attachment 1707653

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Is that with the car on stands or on the ground? If it’s on stands, check it again when you put it on the ground. Mine looked good initially, pulled out of the driveway and the sway bar knocked the filter off. Now I use a GM filter that is a little shorter.
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The picture was taken with the front end on car ramps. Thanks for the heads up, I'll definitely keep an eye on it.
Is that with the car on stands or on the ground? If it’s on stands, check it again when you put it on the ground. Mine looked good initially, pulled out of the driveway and the sway bar knocked the filter off. Now I use a GM filter that is a little shorter. View attachment 1707678


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