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The Orphan -- Should It Live Or Die?

Johnny Hunkins Johnny Hunkins
Moderator | Posts: 272 | Joined: 07/06
Posted: 04/27/07
02:18 PM

In the last issue, we asked you to tell us what you thought about our LS1 transplant '90 LX Mustang project. Here's the deal: so far it's gone 11.20s for about $7,000 total investment. But it's a Ford with a Chevy engine, so it ticks people off.

What's your opinion? Do you give it thumbs up, or thumbs down? Should we get "Benny The Bomb" to blow hisself up in it at Englishtown?

Let it rip...  

Burtreyn0lds Burtreyn0lds
User | Posts: 89 | Joined: 09/06
Posted: 04/27/07
05:19 PM

I have enjoyed the build, i say you put anything in a car that will fit your budget, ford, chevy, mopar or otherwise  

cougarinva cougarinva
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 05/07
Posted: 05/23/07
07:10 PM

I want to know what you've spent so far on this project... your original premise for this thing was how much cheaper it would be than putting together a SBF that would make the same horsepower. you've virtually transplanted an ENTIRE LS1 Camaro into a Fox Chassis, there is no way that those of us who live in the REAL world could purchase all the parts you've now transplanted into the Fox for less than a nice stroker SBF. if you want to raise your reader's hackles with a project like this to get publicity, all fine and good, but please don't insult us by trying to say this is is the cheaper, easier route to a ten second Fox Mustang... we're really not that stupid... just be honest about your intent...  

rico54pan rico54pan
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 05/07
Posted: 05/25/07
12:26 PM

A very interesting project.If you guys can make this swap popular enuff , maybe GM Performance Parts will start offering all the stuff needed and with GM part numbers to boot ! One stop shopping for all those old fox body owners .  

72Javelin 72Javelin
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 05/07
Posted: 05/26/07
06:50 AM

I don't have a mustang or camaro, but I never cared for seeing a SBC stuffed into different bodies. To me it is an easy way out. I understand an LS1 is more difficult to swap, but it will get easier with all the aftermarket support GM has. So to me, leave the LS1 in the GM body. The Chevy crowd doesn't need another ego boost, they already think they're wonderful as it is.  

gtoscott gtoscott
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 05/07
Posted: 05/26/07
10:24 AM

I like the Orphan and give it a thumbs up.  I'm Pontiac guy and still like to see different combinations and options on various types of vehicles.  With the popularity of the LS1 engine, a swap like this is not only feasible, but also likely by some readers.  Just the idea of it makes me want to go buy a Mustang and tear out the engine.  

taman taman
User | Posts: 75 | Joined: 10/06
Posted: 05/26/07
06:54 PM

I think you should raffle it off and donate the proceeds to your next project or a good charity. My wife is doing a frame off,She is actually doing the work,on a 54 Ford 2 door wagon. I have a 400 Pontiac sitting in the garage that might go into it. So if you have it, why not *** off the masses. Isn't that what Hot Rodding has been doing since its inception? If it's too loud, Wear earplugs!  
You have been just givin' the Bird

Cyclone03 Cyclone03
New User | Posts: 21 | Joined: 05/07
Posted: 05/29/07
05:52 PM

As far as transvestites go,I guess it's ok....  

Falcon67 Falcon67
User | Posts: 57 | Joined: 04/07
Posted: 05/30/07
06:31 AM

I like it - it's good tech.  And I'm a die hard Ford guy.  If Ford had bothered to engineer a decent new tech engine, or spent some more minutes on the pushrod motor instead of that wacko "modular" POS, things might occasionally go the other direction.  
1967 Falcon 4 door - 351C
1970 Mustang coupe - 351C
Owner built, owner abused.

Cyclone03 Cyclone03
New User | Posts: 21 | Joined: 05/07
Posted: 05/30/07
03:26 PM

Thats true,Ford's spys got it all wroung sometime around 1988 when they told the powers that be GM was building a new V-8 along the lines of the ZL Vette engine to replace all the V-8's.

I'm sure we (Ford Guys) would have a fairly killer push rod V-8 now if Ford guessed that GM was doing a complete redesign of the SBC.
We would still have exhaust ports that suck but the short block might be cool.Ya Right!  

86fj1200 86fj1200
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 06/07
Posted: 06/01/07
03:32 PM

Let the orphan live. I have a 93 5.0 mustang, and I dont feel the project is offensive. I`m 52 years old and remember magazines in the 70`s doing small block chevy into early year mustang swaps. *** I think Hooker Headers made a kit with motor mounts and headers. Go for it.  

rocksoldier rocksoldier
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 06/07
Posted: 06/01/07
08:51 PM

Let it live!  its killer for all the right reasons!
i have worked in the hotrod parts retail business for 15 years, and you cannot build as much power from a small block ford stroker part for part as you can from the LS1 for anywhere near the same money. The LS1 is the new hot rod motor for the 21st century....yes the new hemi is nice, but the mopar parts people have bumped their heads on pricing.  As far as the mod ford goes, if it dont have push rods it sucks!  i live in west central alabama and fox bodies here are dirt cheap, $150.00 to $500.00 for nice bodies less motor and trans.the LS1 enjoys an aftermarket that i dont think the hemi or mod motors will ever enjoy, at least not to the same level. The hemi will always be over priced and the mods just dont have guts.
a well built small ford stroker can make a ton of power, just like the small block chevy version, but dollar for dollar and mod for mod, the LS1 is the way to go. As far as puting it in a ford, it can be done cheap and the fox bodies are light.
its not like your putting it in a '65 mustang (now that WOULD be wrong) and the fox bodies have become the desposible performance car..thats why it can be done as cheaply.   more power to ya! and again i say let it live!  

shady_bh shady_bh
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 06/07
Posted: 06/04/07
03:49 PM

I think the orphan project is a good idea. Even some Ford fans would havs to agree that it would stop some arguments about whether Ford or Chevy motors performed better. If the CHevy motors pushes the Mustang to lower times than the same year Mustang with a Ford motor, then it would squash beliefs that Ford is better. Im not going to lie to you, im a Chevy guy, but i do like the Mustang platform. Putting a Chevy motor into a Mustang would be the greatest thing to happen to a Mustang since Carol Shelby himself. Besides that, ive always wanted to put a big block Chevy into a Mustang, and im glad that someone is actually doing it, and covering all the work on the project in a magazine  

emeraldcoupe emeraldcoupe
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 06/07
Posted: 06/07/07
05:58 AM

i'm a ford guy. my buddy has an 02 z-28 and i always tell him it would be great if the engine was in a nice car( the camaro is a piece of *** i don't agree with the swap but i do like it. it ran what,11's first time out? can't wait ti hit the lotto so i can do my own swap, a 514 crate engine in a 70 ls-6 chevelle Grin  

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