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Old 06-26-2013, 11:25 PM   #1
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Default Explorer 5.0 to 65 Mustang

Sure this has been discussed many times, but am having trouble finding the answer i'm looking for.

I have an option to buy a good running 97 explorer and would like to put the Engine and Rearend in my car. My question is, can I mod the engine at all with the ECM? I've had several 5.0 Mustangs and have modded them, just wondering if the Explorer 5.0 is the same?

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Old 06-27-2013, 11:38 AM   #2
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The 5.0 in the explorer had a very small cam so the power was down as compared to a normal H.O. 5.0L even though it has a GT40 top end.Any changes you do will benefit from a tune also.All the same mods will be the same.
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Pretty much same engine and ECM straight across the board. So the Cam can be changed? Injectors? etc... I believe it's a GT40P head. Will this be a problem as far as headers? The Explorer was built in sept 97 I believe.

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I think its a A9L ecm if i remember.You will need specific "P" headers for plug clearance, but i havent seen any for a '65.
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Will switching ECM's be all I need to do? Thought I read somewhere that Exploder engines Distributor was triggered differently?
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Not sure about that. You'll probably have to have custom headers made. Not too many options for the explorer engines that are worth the cash.
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Thinking I may be best just holding out for a Mustang Donar car. Just know i'm probably going to have to go thru the whole motor because it will more than likely be well beat.
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What is your budget? Honestly after half the headache (unless you just want to do it or know exactly what you're doing) it is cheaper to buy a crate engine to get it running then upgrade it instead of rebuilding from a donor block.
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Been thinking of that as well. But then I need to decide if I want EFI or Carb. Any experience with FordMotorsports crate motors?
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5.0s aren't too hard to find, you can find complete good running ones for under 1k online. You can build one for much less than a crate motor. I guess it all depends what your goals are for the car.

on a side note id find a 351 for your mustang, its a better starting point and costs near the same
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