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'98 4VGT swap

Discussion in 'All Other Conversions' started by schiffy, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. schiffy

    schiffy Member

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    So I know it's not a fox, but it is a modular swap. I bought my '98 earlier this year (4Feb13) after I was mustangless for about 2 years. I was daily driving an Escort ZX2 I bought for $900 when the tranny blew into a million little pieces scattering across the road. By the time I bought the transmission and even installing myself, I'd have almost as much into it as I bought it for, so I convinced my wife it was Mustang time. I set up a budget, found what I could afford and went on the hunt for a '96-98 GT, as I was ready to move into the modular world. Fast forward to Early October. I'm in Texas at my little bros weddin when my dude hits me up and tells me he's tired of being lowballed for this 96 4V out of a totalled mystic he had (the mystic was a friends. He hydroplaned hit the wall, ripped the ass end apart, insurance totalled it and my buddy bought it from my other friend to part out) he told me if he was gonna get lowballed he wanted it to stay in the family (there's a group of about 5 of us who met in the navy and have pretty much swapped, traded, given and sold parts to rah other for our mustangs over the last 8 years) he asked if I wanted it. I said hell yeah! Came back to va from Texas, setup a weekend, made some calls to friends, bought lots of red meat, beer and ammo (friend lives in the country) then last weekend (15-16Nov) we yanked the 2V out and in less than 2 days successfully swapped in the 86k mile 96 Cobra engine. Here we are 5 days later and so far so good. No major issues, just needs some exhuast tightened and a tune to clean it up some. I'll add pics and update as I go, so far I'm just buttoning up loose ends from the swap.
    [​IMG](the guy leaning on the car is Matt, aka: NorfolkNova)
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    [​IMG] old and new, side by side.
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    [​IMG] new trunk decal Matt made me
    [​IMG] little further back of the decal.
     
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  2. schiffy

    schiffy Member

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    Few more pictures...
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    [​IMG] me on the left with my arm in the engine bay.
    [​IMG] I'm the fat guy on the right rubbing my belly for wtf reason, I don't know.
     
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    Sounds like a verse from the song "A Few Of My Favorite Things"
     
  4. 419forest

    419forest Well-Known Member

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    It's great to see friends working together on a project!
     
  5. schiffy

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    Not the first time we've all worked on a big project, But first time in a long time. We all left the USS Eisenhower and went to different duty stations/deployments. First project we've had together in about 4 years. We're all finally back in Virginia.
     
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    419forest Well-Known Member

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    My father was in the Air Force. There's a special bond between guys that have served together. Good luck. I am working on my own mod motor install. checkout my thread.
     
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    I like the swap. Doing a similar swap in my 98 gt, but with a 98 mark viii motor
     
  8. Bill

    Bill Well-Known Member Staff Member Donator

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    I haven't seen Schiffy post in a couple of years. I think he moved on after his build. It is always nice when the builders hang out after their done. It gives the new builders a chance to learn from their experiences.
     
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    Lucky guys. 6 yrs in Airforce. No contact from any of them. I envy you. Good job.
     

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