I live in the north and have a '65 vert, 289 2V, 3 spd as my summer dd. For my spring project I placed an HP80C and T5z tranny on order. Since I knew I could only go to my SWMBO once I wanted no regrets. If it is too much power (I can't believe I just wrote that) I will train my right foot to behave. I ordered directly thru ATK and will be sure to post my experiences with them, and my engine/tranny swap.
Thanks for sharing Sad to read the bad experience you had...
But I think it might be not the case, talking about a complete engine setup? I know that anyting wrong could happend, but maby the odds are less in the case of a complete engine?
What do you think?
I really don't think their poor customer service and lack of attention to detail is limited to just cylinder heads. There's a lot more attention required in engine assembly, and a lot more to go wrong.
Be sure to order the right headers, changing the plugs with headers that fit but are not correct requires removing the headers. I know, I was in that situation when I purchased my car.
Thanks for the tip! Actually I´m in the process of studying and looking for info related to the swap, but overall seems to be a easy swap...
I´m already ordered new oil pan, sump, gasket and oil dipstick for a start... Then well see what intake/dist/carb to get.. I Will open a thread as soon as I start with the build
I'm a big advocate of having your local machinist build you something. You're supporting a local business AND you've got customer service just a few miles away in case anything goes wrong.
Hi Yes, I do also support local business... Mainly here was a money thing.. as I started with a total piece of crap engine, and the cost of a crate engine VS rebuilding and getting the missing parts for the engine I had, was practically the same...
Thanks for your reply!
Yeah, I also noticed about the bore... The thing is that is on my price range at the moment... I didnt notice any other downside besides this. Im between this or a ´95 explorer 5.0, converted to carb.
Thanks for your reply!
I'm glad you didn't go with a ATK engine with the .060 bore. Although you are in the North, perhaps cooling wouldn't have been an issue, but in a 65-66 mustang with a standard cooling system driving anywhere that gets hot may create an overheating issue with that bore. I found out the hard way.
1965 Ford Mustang, A-code Coupe
WimbledonWhite, Red interior
Automatic with 302 engine