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Engine Question wil aDF83 2.8 Engine from a ranger 84 fit in a mustang II 1978 with a 2.8 engine in it


rusty ol ranger

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A legend to the old man, a hero to the child...
7.3L might fit better, but why take the cheap and easy way out...



Might not be able to use the 2.8L parts, but Tom Morana offers everything you'd need to carb that 4.0 and really make it breathe. Come on, you know you want to spend $3000 and do a carburetor conversion on a 4.0 to drop in place of that 2.8L. Might as well get the $1200 roller rocker kit to reduce friction and help it spin up a little quicker, and a camshaft for $400. Hey they've got a 4.3L stroker kit too, it's only $3700. With the stroker, you're probably going to need to give the heads some love too. Don;t worry, ole Tom has got you covered there as well, just another $3000 for new, fully ported ready to run heads with upgraded valves and springs.

You too could have a rip roaring, race ready V6 to repalce you tired old 2.8L for the measely price of $12,300.*

*Block machine work and assembly not included.



(Sorry, I get amused every time I start thinking about the stuff they offer and prices they ask.)
They do have cool shit though.

I still say a carbed 460 backed by a toploader feeding a 9 inch stuffed with a 4.11 posi.


Would be wicked and not super pricy, depending on what it would take to bolster the chassis to keep it from becoming a pretzel first time you sidestep the clutch
 


19Walt93

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I noticed your vacuum advance is connected to manifold vacuum, it should be on ported vacuum from the right side front nipple for best performance.
 

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