XR4Ti 302 V8 swap

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Re: XR4Ti 302 V8 swap

Post by nathankershaw » Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:20 pm

Had a bit of a mental block about making brake lines because I've never done it before.....pretty much like everything in this swap!

Anyway....I shot down to the scrappies and whipped the lines off the Scorp that's in there and they're hooked up!

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Re: XR4Ti 302 V8 swap

Post by MODEL-Turbo » Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:10 pm

Sweet. Welcome to owning a v8. I was raised on them. Being American most usually are in the mid west. I just want the reliable power of a 302. Not that the 2.3 is not. But i know a mean 302 build for auto x.

Keep it up. It looks great and will continue to follow.
Any chance of Carlisle next year?
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Re: XR4Ti 302 V8 swap

Post by nathankershaw » Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:36 pm

MODEL-Turbo wrote:Sweet. Welcome to owning a v8. I was raised on them. Being American most usually are in the mid west. I just want the reliable power of a 302. Not that the 2.3 is not. But i know a mean 302 build for auto x.

Keep it up. It looks great and will continue to follow.
Any chance of Carlisle next year?
Ha! Carlisle in my XR? No no no......
It's just a local play toy and track car.........no heating, A/C or interior.
I really wanna go one day, maybe a Scorpio with a V8/Auto and all the bells and whistles.
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Re: XR4Ti 302 V8 swap

Post by nathankershaw » Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:25 pm

So I took the Scorpio partially apart to put some brake cleaner through it and it was surprisingly clean so hopefully thats all good now.

I also organized the dash harnes a bit more and relocated the fuse box inside. I think I'll have a few clearance issues once the dash is in but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it!

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I also ran the wires around the chassis legs so the engine and tranny may go in on Monday if I can muster the man power!

It's nice to see the garage floor getting a little clearer as I put the bits back on the car?
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Re: XR4Ti 302 V8 swap

Post by nathankershaw » Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:38 pm

So after I ran the dash wiring around the front of the car then tried to offer up the Mustang Radiatir again the wiring was in the way.

I planned on getting rid of the X brace and inner light mounts as I plan on running something that does both jobs in place of the Xr outer lamp.

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So I opened up a pathway at the end of the chassis leg in the drivers side so the wiring can go around the outside of the slam panel support and then along the front crossmember as ford intended.
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Re: XR4Ti 302 V8 swap

Post by nathankershaw » Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:29 pm

So, before I dropped the engine in I wanted to see how the rad fit with the wiring removed.

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I put the grille on just to see if I had any more room forward.
There is at least another inch if I trim the vertical panels inside the headlamps.
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Re: XR4Ti 302 V8 swap

Post by nathankershaw » Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:38 pm

And she's in!

The tranny's on an axle stand for now and that will be the next job to fabricate.

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Like you have all said using the foxbody accessories makes clearance super tight.

The only real issue is that the foxbody tensioner hits the front panel, so I think I'm going to sue the smog pump as a tensioner as there is a threaded hole in the back that I don't think is used right now.

The foxbody exhaust manifolds fit and clear everything but the angle on the passenger side is going to make, making the exhaust interesting!
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Re: XR4Ti 302 V8 swap

Post by nathankershaw » Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:07 pm

Finished but not painted.

She's ugly but strong!

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I couldn't resist putting the gear lever and sitting in to see what it felt like.

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Re: XR4Ti 302 V8 swap

Post by Ray » Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:27 am

How did you disconnect the fuse box under the hood?
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Re: XR4Ti 302 V8 swap

Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:01 am

nathankershaw wrote:I also organized the dash harnes a bit more and relocated the fuse box inside. I think I'll have a few clearance issues once the dash is in but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it!
That's pretty much the approach I'm taking with the Scorpio steering column in the XR. Just get it in place and then work around it as needed.

BTW, I do have the same question as Ray re: how you got the box inside. I tried all sorts of pin removal tools with no luck, so that's when I resorted to cutting the box into chunks.
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Re: XR4Ti 302 V8 swap

Post by nathankershaw » Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:09 pm

Ray wrote:How did you disconnect the fuse box under the hood?
I wrestled with the devil clips that hold the box to the bulkhead and then pulled the entire dash harness out through the hole that the fuse box sat in.

Then I did a bit of dash harness thinning.

So now the fuse box sits up against the a pillar and sits on the bar that goes from the steering column to the A pillar.

It's a Ziptie Racing original design! Lol!
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Re: XR4Ti 302 V8 swap

Post by nathankershaw » Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:16 am

Ok, so gave up on wiring for now as I find it ultimately confusing so I thought I'd make it look ore like a car again.

radiator progress

got the cradle started

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it gives me about 2 1/4" clearance to squeeze a fan in there.

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Doesn't stick out from the bottom of the bumper which is a bonus

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A little more car like

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Re: XR4Ti 302 V8 swap

Post by nathankershaw » Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:18 am

hooked up some of the Smog vacuum hoses as well.

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Re: XR4Ti 302 V8 swap

Post by MODEL-Turbo » Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:17 pm

Whats the radiator out of?
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Re: XR4Ti 302 V8 swap

Post by nathankershaw » Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:23 pm

MODEL-Turbo wrote:Whats the radiator out of?
:cheers
The same 89 Mustang that everything else came out of! lol!
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