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Auto to manual, v6 to v8... Too Much?

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Old 01-21-2011, 04:48 AM   #1
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Default Auto to manual, v6 to v8... Too Much?

Naturally I often picture my automatic v6 with a v8 manual transmission. That would be awesome. Unfortunatly that is not the case.

Don't get me wrong, I love my Mustang and would die for it, but these thoughts always pop into my head.

How much would it be to go from a v6 to v8? And how much would it be transferring to a manual transmission?

Before you say, "Well it would be cheaper to just sell the car you got and buy another one," This car is sentimentally attached to me because my parents bought it for me.

To be honest, I am just curious and want to know the prices for these things. I wouldn't want the BEST manual transmission, or the BEST v8 engine. (Remember, I do not have the money for this at the moment, but its a cool dream)

I mean, wouldn't it be worth it to buy a v8 then a supercharger (Or Turbo I guess, not sure what would be best)? It's like, ya my v6 has the x-charger, and ya I can beat a stock GT now, but what if that GT has been modded as well? Then what?

Let me know your thoughts guys. Have any of you ever thought about doing this?
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:48 AM   #2
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Just the tranny swap alone has been stated to be in the $5k-$6k range including labor. I'd guess at doubling that for engine and tranny. But then you'd have to upgrade suspension, brakes and most likely the PCM. You could get yourself a lot of car for that money and a trade.
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Stang 007, we understand your attachment with your car, but when you start transforming major parts, it will become expensive and possible lead to headaches down the road. You asked in an earlier post if certain parts would void your warranty. By switching out all the internals would definitely void it.
If you truly want the sound and hp of a V8, the best solution would be to sell your car and get what you want.
Yes, getting an X-Charger can beat a stock GT, but what if you had a stock GT? That won't beat a modified GT, so the story really never ends. There will always be cars out there that are faster than yours.
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Stang 007, we understand your attachment with your car, but when you start transforming major parts, it will become expensive and possible lead to headaches down the road. You asked in an earlier post if certain parts would void your warranty. By switching out all the internals would definitely void it.
If you truly want the sound and hp of a V8, the best solution would be to sell your car and get what you want.
Yes, getting an X-Charger can beat a stock GT, but what if you had a stock GT? That won't beat a modified GT, so the story really never ends. There will always be cars out there that are faster than yours.
Ya, it would be a lot of money and a terrible headache. I am thinking about just modding and keeping this car for a couple of years, then perhaps getting something with a bigger engine. Anyways, do you think modding my mustang will depreciate its value for later trade?
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Trade and buy a GT or, if you want to be completely unique, spend a ton of money and swap something ridiculous in there a like a 525 FORD HEMI and mate it to a 6 speed

Seriously, trading is a much cheaper option.
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Trade and buy a GT or, if you want to be completely unique, spend a ton of money and swap something ridiculous in there a like a 525 FORD HEMI and mate it to a 6 speed

Seriously, trading is a much cheaper option.
Ya man, I agree. To be honest, I don't really trust myself with that kinda speed anyway lol. I think its a smart idea for me to start out a little smaller. I'm a very reasonable teenager, hehe... I have a heavy foot as my parents say, so i think its a good start.
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I've entertained the idea but there's a lot more to it than just the tranny and engine. You'd need an 8.8 rear (I guess you already have one with the X-charger), brakes, driveshaft, ECU, PCM, suspension, as Nuke said, and all the goodies. It would cost a pretty penny. If you're mechanically inclined, you could save a good chunk on labor, but it still would be a hell of a swap. If you're serious about it, there's a few guys on Mustangcollective that have completed what you want to do.

If you were to sell your X-charger, you could always use that money for a motor/trans
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How much would you sell it for and what version is it?
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Oh woops, I didn't mean to lead on that I owned an x-charger. I do not lol, wish I did though. I was saying that IF I had an X-charger. Sorry about that
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I eventually will be putting a v8 in my car, I will be getting a wrecked gt and swapping everything over, you would need the motor, tranny, rear-end, driveshaft, engine harness, pcm, a/c lines to do it. It is possible to do it, to some people this seems like a headache, but I see it as a challenge.
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Truthfully if you got a Wrecked Donor car where everything you needed was there it would be rather easy to do, probably do it in a few days.
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Just the tranny swap alone has been stated to be in the $5k-$6k range including labor. I'd guess at doubling that for engine and tranny. But then you'd have to upgrade suspension, brakes and most likely the PCM. You could get yourself a lot of car for that money and a trade.

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Ya, it would be a lot of money and a terrible headache. I am thinking about just modding and keeping this car for a couple of years, then perhaps getting something with a bigger engine. Anyways, do you think modding my mustang will depreciate its value for later trade?
Anytime you sell/trade a car, all the mods on there aren't included in the value of the car in the eyes of most dealers. The only ones who really appreciate it are those who understand modding. So, when and if you do sell/trade your car, take off all the mods and sell them individually and revert the car back to stock. At least you might recover some of what was spent for mods.
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Truthfully if you got a Wrecked Donor car where everything you needed was there it would be rather easy to do, probably do it in a few days.
But if you are not mechanically inclined, the cost of labor could be up there.
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Truthfully if you got a Wrecked Donor car where everything you needed was there it would be rather easy to do, probably do it in a few days.
To be honest, I do not have the necessary skills to accomplish that by myself. (Wish I did so badly) But I would for sure have to pay someone to do it.
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Anytime you sell/trade a car, all the mods on there aren't included in the value of the car in the eyes of most dealers. The only ones who really appreciate it are those who understand modding. So, when and if you do sell/trade your car, take off all the mods and sell them individually and revert the car back to stock. At least you might recover some of what was spent for mods.
Oh thank you, I did not know any of this. It makes me feel better lol.
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I eventually will be putting a v8 in my car, I will be getting a wrecked gt and swapping everything over, you would need the motor, tranny, rear-end, driveshaft, engine harness, pcm, a/c lines to do it. It is possible to do it, to some people this seems like a headache, but I see it as a challenge.
There was a wrecked 5.0 around hear a few weeks back. They were asking for some crazy money for it though, otherwise I might have taken a shot at it. Good luck with the swap.
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There was a wrecked 5.0 around hear a few weeks back. They were asking for some crazy money for it though, otherwise I might have taken a shot at it. Good luck with the swap.
Yea a 5.0 would be nice, but even with it being wrecked it would still be a 5 figure car to buy. I have seen gt sell around 3 - 4k with everything that I need in excellent shape and I can do the swap myself so it wouldn't be all that bad. Plus with all my suspensions mods, I wouldn't have to worry about that.
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A v8 transmission won't bolt up to a 4.0 engine, unless you get some adapter plate made to do it for the specific trans.
On the other hand, swapping from a v6 to v8 setup is very doable in these cars, especially if you get the engine/tranny at a good price, and if you can do a lot of the work yourself (or have knowledgeable help).

Doing the v6 to v8 engine swap was the BEST mod I ever did on mine.
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A v8 transmission won't bolt up to a 4.0 engine, unless you get some adapter plate made to do it for the specific trans.
On the other hand, swapping from a v6 to v8 setup is very doable in these cars, especially if you get the engine/tranny at a good price, and if you can do a lot of the work yourself (or have knowledgeable help).

Doing the v6 to v8 engine swap was the BEST mod I ever did on mine.
I really wish I had the knowledge to do it myself. I often ask people how to learn about engines and how to repair them and stuff: They always say that I should buy an engine and fix it up, that that would be the best way to learn. I think its a cool idea, but I am afraid I would screw something up ya know? But I guess thats part of the learning process :/ Anyone got any cool ideas on how to learn to repair car engines? I might make a thread about this.
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