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Use the starter, engine separator plate and clutch for a '96 F-150.What you can do is retain your pedal assembly, steering column, hydraulics, etc when you do a swap. Then you'd use the M5OD-R2 from a 4.2 equipped truck and it will keep your shifter in the same location as your current setup. Do the V8 swap as normal (Explorer/Mountaineer donor), then you'd need a tuner to disable some of the automatic functions so it doesn't throw a check engine light.
As late as possible, they changed stuff around over the years.Why the '96 specifically?
Well you see Ford can't do anything easy, we have to have different depths for the ring gear. The different hole diameter is so you don't use the wrong starter for the wrong flywheel.Gotcha - so you're looking for a separator plate that's originally designed for a 5.0 rather than a 4.2 to eliminate the dremel step. Potentially stupid question - can you not get away with the 4.2 starter on the 5.0?