Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: North Texas (formerly MS Gulf Coast)
I came up with just shy of 6 grand, including the car.
AJE k member (new, Jegs) - 279
AJE motor mounts (new, AJE) - 55
AJE transmission crossmember (used, ls1tech) - 75
Exhaust, headers to tailpipes (used, picked up locally, ls1tech) - 350
Those are the ONLY swap specific parts I could think of with the exception of the MSD box, which I didn't include because under the hood of most Mustangs is a 6AL, which new is only $100 less than a 6010...but if you want to split hairs...
Some of that stuff wasnt really needed in the LS list posted above, and some was outright overpriced. I dont know what kind of heads he is buying for 1400, but you can get a set of L92s brand new for about 750 bare from SDPC that will flow 300+ on the intake side right out of the box. 550 will get you a used set, complete.
I still lack a converter and some things like fuel lines, a rebuild kit, and gaskets, but all my $200+ parts are behind me.
I think theres a few reasons people like to do this, the least of which is pissing off someone who is brand loyal. As car enthusiasts, we LIKE to tinker and see new ideas (or old, worn out ideas...) work. Our hobby is based on things that are different, "custom", as much as I hate that word. Stock is no good to us.
I think another big thing is weight. There are NO affordable aluminum Ford blocks available. Its impossible to put a dollar amount on weight savings, but it is important, especially in an already nose-heavy car like a Mustang.
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