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    Default SHO swap into Fox, one step closer

    Well, after months of trying to find time to dial in my adapter.....I finally picked up my lasered version on Fri and took an hour or so to fiddle with it.

    For those that don't know, I'm planning to swap an SHO 3.0/3.2 V6 into my '84 XR-7. I'm using a 5.0 bellhousing to allow for the better choice of clutches and flywheels. It's more of a long term project, but to avoid any folks calling I figured I have to make some headway once in a while.

    Here's a couple pics.
    The adapter plate


    SHO meet T-5



    There's a gap between the bellhousing and the adapter because I need to mill a couple reliefs in the bell for a couple of the bolts that attach to the block. With some minor machine work on the bellhousing I'm actually going to have 3 bolts that go all the way through the bell/adapter to the block, so that makes me happy.

    I was concerned initially about the starter clearance, but it appears that I'll be able to use one of the mini-starters and not have to mod the oil pan. I actually have one on the way (thanks ebay ...$27 + S&H for one ) I still might need to to clear the K-member, but I'll probably not be using a stock one anyway, but I'll be curious to see how it fits.

    The next hurdle is the flywheel. For right now I'm going to mod a 157T 5.0 flywheel and change the crank mounting holes and have it zero-balanced. Of course I just missed a nice cheap one on the 'bay. SO now I'm on the look-out for a 5.0 flywheel and engine plate.

    So there you have it....finally progress.

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    Now that is just damned cool.

    Question, tho: Doesn't the SHO-6 use the same bolt pattern as the other FWD Ford sixes and fours, such as the 3.0 Vulcan, 3.8, and 2.3 HSC? And if so, isn't that the same pattern as the 4-cyl T5?
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    You sir have blown my mind!

    Looks awesome! Great job!
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    thats pretty friggin sweet my man.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder Chicken
    Now that is just damned cool.

    Question, tho: Doesn't the SHO-6 use the same bolt pattern as the other FWD Ford sixes and fours, such as the 3.0 Vulcan, 3.8, and 2.3 HSC? And if so, isn't that the same pattern as the 4-cyl T5?
    The SHO uses the Vulcan bolt pattern, but you are limited to Ranger and Aerostar trannys for a direct bolt up, but then you are still saddled with a crappy trans and clutch. There is supposedly a manual 3.0 bellhousing that can be made to work, but again see above.

    The 5.0 bell is really not that far off. The biggest PITA was getting the patterns dialed in around the crank centerline.
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    So Chuck, it looks like two of the t-5 bellhousing bolts actually go into the sho block?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CougarSE
    So Chuck, it looks like two of the t-5 bellhousing bolts actually go into the sho block?
    No. Those two are close enough for me to mod the bellhousing to be able to do it that way though. The lower one is not very far off, but the upper one is a fair bit. I may actually remove the upper stud and mod the other upper bellhousing hole and do the same there as well.
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    Looks good. I had a '90 SHO for 14 years. I bought it brand new. It rocked. I loved the look of the Mustangs guys when they left the light and you stayed right ther with them.




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    cool shit, I am all for seeing it done. Any pics of the engine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haystack
    Any pics of the engine?
    I just have the one on the stand that's not 100% assembled..nothing to look at. Needs rebuilt. I haven't concerned myself with getting an engine ready until I had the tramsmission situation sorted.

    I may find a good running one when the time comes for it, or buy one anyway and store it away. Dunno yet.
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