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Old 08-07-2014, 08:55 PM   #1
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Default Easiest way to swap motor and tranny 6 for 6

I own an01 3.8 auto and bought a salvage 03 3.8 auto parts car for the motor. I am switching the motor and tranny (much lower miles) With a frame contact hoist is taking them complete out the bottom easiest and fastest? Thanks for any info
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:02 PM   #2
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I think pulling them from the top will be quickest. To drop them out the bottom you need to remove the K-member. Pulling it out the top , just remove the hood , and you can take both engine and trans out together. A cherry picker with an adjustable engine tilt bar is great for this.
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under neath is the easiest way. but there is ALOT of lines and hoses thata need to be removed and you need a lift to do it.

From the top you just need to disconnect:
driveshaft
crossmember
reverse wire
speedometer cable
shifter
exhaust midpipe
radiator hoses (removing radiator will give you more room also)
heater core hoses
throttle cable
starter cable
any wires from the engine to the firewall
ac lines
power steering lines

I think thats all that need disconnected
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My brother owns a shop with multiple lifts and has a cherry picker, wasn't sure if there was room out the top together and I hav'nt taken a K member out of a Mustang before. Thought maybe someone had maybe done it before
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I believe it's just four bolts plus the two struts and the entire front end drops out.
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I believe it's just four bolts plus the two struts and the entire front end drops out.
Unbolt steering shaft, and calipers from hubs as well.
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Or just drop the motor ON the K member and swap K member and all.
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Unbolt steering shaft, and calipers from hubs as well.
I knew I was forgetting something!

Oh yeah the fuel line need disconnected also.
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Or just drop the motor ON the K member and swap K member and all.
THIS.

Love how you just step in and make us all look like amateurs lol. I've never had the luxury of a lift to think about this. Always working on jack stands and engine hoists lol.
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Or just drop the motor ON the K member and swap K member and all.
I thought that's what was meant by dropping it out the bottom.
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