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Sleveth 09-28-2012 10:04 PM

4 Banger to 5.0L swap?
Hey guys I've been playing with the idea of doing a 4cyl to V8 swap I'm wondering if any of you have done this and is it worth it to do or would you suggest saving the coin and opting for an original 5.0? Thoughts appreciated

Thanks in advance

black92coupe 09-28-2012 11:29 PM

if you're mechanically inclined its not that much work, but if you're just aiming for a bone stock foxbody you'd be better off just buying an original 5.0 if you're gonna modify most of it then its better to go 4 cyl swap IMO

Sleveth 09-29-2012 01:29 PM

Thanks for the advice, I was thinking the same thing in the sense that a 4 banger would probably be straighter and molested a little less. Is there anything in specific to watch out for? I was reading something about the wiring harnesses being different for the 87-88 and the 89-93 or something like that?

black92coupe 09-29-2012 05:01 PM

harnesses do vary a bit, but if you use the same year 5.0 engine harness in the same year 4 banger body harness it should all work out

wilkiem 10-01-2012 08:30 AM

IMO if your gonna run FI ur better off to get a real 5.0l car

Sleveth 10-01-2012 09:27 PM

Any particular reason why you say that Wilkiem?

Sheinfeld 10-01-2012 09:35 PM

Easy swap but original v8 so cheap now its almost a waste of time

wilkiem 10-01-2012 09:42 PM

Depends on the look u want, if you want a clean stockish 5.0l buy one, if you want a full custom car then build a 4 banger car. I just think it makes the swap easier and u can spend ur time on other things.

Young Neil 02-18-2015 08:16 PM

save your money.

fox rodder 10-21-2016 05:31 PM

I'm doing a 351 swap. Starting with a 4cyl. Changing all stock components anyway, may as well start off with the cheapest option!

blake carstensen 10-24-2016 10:45 AM


Originally Posted by fox rodder (Post 1244889)
I'm doing a 351 swap. Starting with a 4cyl. Changing all stock components anyway, may as well start off with the cheapest option!

exactly! doing this to a V6 turd gen camaro. some people are stupid and think that the car wn't handle it. They are oblivious of what is actually different between cars that have a V6 vs V8.

Why spend 10k on a used car your replacing almost everything with anyways!

good luck with your build!

black92coupe 10-24-2016 05:09 PM

if he hasnt built it yet, 4 years later.....probably not going to finish.
i should

fox rodder 10-24-2016 05:12 PM

expecting my build to take 4 to 5 years. Unless I win the lotto!

black92coupe 10-24-2016 05:29 PM

builds can take a lifetime. i was talking about the original guy doing his v8 swap lol.

blake carstensen 11-01-2016 10:25 AM

mines only been 9 years

black92coupe 12-02-2016 03:23 PM

^ you've got me beat by a year:nono:

23027 03-27-2017 01:05 PM

Over 6 years on mine.. Runs and drives well but still working out kinks..

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