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Hi,
My step-son and I are starting the zillion-and-one-th LS fox.
I have an '01 4.8L, and a '98 or '99 4L80E.
The 'stang is a hatch, but it's complete, not crashed, not nasty, and it was $500 running.
A few years ago I dropped an LM7 into my '89 hatch, but I never finished it.
Anyway, this is a 300-horse daily driver build, because the 2.3 in it runs so bad that it tops out at 64 MPH, at which point the whole car is shaking. Took me 3 hours to drive it home at 60 MPH.
This build may someday see a power adder, a 3200-stall, a pair of 275/60R15 drag radials, et cetera, but for the next year, it won't.
First is pics, then getting the 2.3/T5 out, then more pics. After it moves under it's own V8 power, next is springs / shocks / big brakes / 5-lug / wide tires, as in 315/35R17x10.5s rear and 17x9s front with maybe 275/40s.
I'm planning to try '95 Crown Vic 11.7" front rotors on the rear, they should fit inside 15" drag wheels, I prefer '84 T/A WS6 rear calipers over the Explorer rear disc setup. Discs with tiny internal drum parking brakes have proven inferior.
Up front, I hope to fab mounts to bolt the 4.8 to the 2.3 K-member, but if that fails, a '96-up K with '95 Cobra R spindles and brakes will match with '96 4.6 mounts, but I'm not buying any adapter plates to attach the 4.6 mounts to the 4.8 block. I have another idea, but if it fails, then I'll fab my own adapter plates.
I have an LS4 intake manifold, and a shaved truck intake manifold. I have a pair of '98 Z28 exhaust manifolds. And I fabbed my own mild steel oilpan. I'll be trying to use all of these.
I have an idea for deleting the trans crossmember, too.
Next year I'll be swapping in an E-Rod LS3, which may eventually get a Turbonetics T76 kit. 614 HP if so.
Pics ASAP.
 

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Always glad to see another Fox LS swap, especially a father/son project. Post some pics when you get a chance.
 

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Thanks, been trying. The pics my phone takes are too big to post in here. But who doesn't know what a dark red '87 LX hatch looks like? :D
I did check the door sticker, the axle code is F, so 3.45:1 non-Traction-Lok.
For a "stock" 4.8L with a 4L80E running a torque converter from a 454, which is what my 4L80E came from, the 3.45s wouldn't be bad around town.
But trying a few combos on spreadsheets, compared against past experience, I'm wanting to trade the 4L80E for a 4L60E and swap the 3.45:1 for 3.08:1.
Next spring I'll be upgrading it to a new 4L75E anyway, but right now the closest thing I have is an '86 700R-4. I may try it. Takes the same flexplate as the 4L80E, and I have no flywheel or flexplate right now.
 

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Curious why the T/A rear calipers with CV rotors instead of using the 11.65 cobra rear brakes?
 

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The Ford rear discs all use microscopic drum brakes inside the discs for your Emergency / Parking brake, and I've had enough experience, after 25 years of hot rodding, to know that it is a mistake. The alternative is to integrate the cable brakes into the caliper instead. For this I'm aware of 2 choices that are cheap and easy to adapt and reliable. The '76 Cadillac Eldorado, those are for rotors that are 1.25" thick, which is overkill for the rear of a daily-driver Mustang, or the '82-'87 WS6 Camaro / Firebird, which uses 1"-thick rotors.
For drag racing a Fox-chassis, the hot setup seems to be a 275/60R15 if you want to run a quarter mile in less time than 10.00 seconds. Ok, to fit disc brakes inside most 15" wheels with WS6 calipers requires a rotor no larger than 12.00"
I went through some rotor catalogs until I found some with the 1" thickness, a diameter under 12", and the Ford 5-lug pattern. Then I picked the cheapest one with a hat height similar to WS6 rotors.
The thing is, I already did all this less than 2 years ago when I was building an '83 RX-7, which I still have, and it works so well that I'm copying it here. It's very easy, very low-cost, and when I was adjusting the front / rear proportioning, I was able to lock the rears at 60 MPH. Oops, only did that once. Anyway, they work very well.
 

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SN95 rear brakes don't use the drum style e-brake


 
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