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Old 12-07-2009, 01:44 PM   #1  
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Default Salvaging an 06 GT - looking at putting a carb motor

I'm not too familiar with the new mustangs so here it goes... I found a nice salvage/rebuildable 06 GT for next to nothing at a dealer auction - I've got the shop and tools to rebuild this thing but I'd really like to put a relatively inexpensive engine that's not a dog in it... most of my toys had LSx's in them and this modular SOHC 4.6L just isn't cutting it for me. Have any of you guys put any serious carbed pushrod engines in these things? I've got a rebuilt 71 351 cleveland sitting around but that's going in a 71 Mach 1... something bigger would be nice and so would making the hood scoop functional. Do they make engine swap kits for these cars? I'd really like to build something here that's got the pickup of my 6-speed LS2 powered GTO.
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You honestly think the LS2 GTO is that much faster? I'm surprised.
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You honestly think the LS2 GTO is that much faster? I'm surprised.
Wow. You've got to be kidding. Not to dog on these forums but the mustang forums seem to be 1/2 rice boys that have no clue and 1/2 muscle car men that know what they're talking about. The 4.6L's are dogs from the bottom end to the heads - but if that's all you've ever owned, you wouldn't know the difference... The GTO's are almost neck and neck with 03-04 cobras. 6L very underrated 400fwhp through a T-56 and they run mid-high 12s stock. Trust me, I've owned, raced, or driven them all. They don't even compare.

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There's a youtube video of a V6 2005+ mustang w/ a carb'ed Ford Racing crate motor. I'll post the link when I find it. It looked and sounded awesome.

I'd love to take a newer mustang like these and put an old school style carb'ed motor in it. I think that's cool.

If I were to buy that type of engine, I'd go to Proformance Unlimited without a doubt. http://www.proformanceunlimited.com/ and http://www.youtube.com/user/crateengines

As a matter of fact, I do plan on buying from them when I can get a hold of an old car.
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Wow. You've got to be kidding. Not to dog on these forums but the mustang forums seem to be 1/2 rice boys that have no clue and 1/2 muscle car men that know what they're talking about. The 4.6L's are dogs from the bottom end to the heads - but if that's all you've ever owned, you wouldn't know the difference... The GTO's are almost neck and neck with 03-04 cobras. 6L very underrated 400fwhp through a T-56 and they run mid-high 12s stock. Trust me, I've owned, raced, or driven them all. Get real.

To be fair, you'll find the same thing on every car forum of every brand/make.

Also, you are wrong about these motors being dogs. For a small displacement low compression engine, they do pretty damn good and respond EXTREMELY well to bolt ons and FI. Not only that, but the 3V modular 4.6L V8 engine was in Ward's top 10 engine list from 2005 to 2008.

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There's a youtube video of a V6 2005+ mustang w/ a carb'ed Ford Racing crate motor. I'll post the link when I find it. It looked and sounded awesome.

I'd love to take a newer mustang like these and put an old school style carb'ed motor in it. I think that's cool.

If I were to buy that type of engine, I'd go to Proformance Unlimited without a doubt. http://www.proformanceunlimited.com/ and http://www.youtube.com/user/crateengines

As a matter of fact, I do plan on buying from them when I can get a hold of an old car.

Awesome - if I can't pick up this GT this week I'll try to get a V6 for cheaper in the next few weeks - save some money. Depending on how bad they are, they go for $2-3k at salvage. The 71 Mach 1 has been somewhat of a nightmare to restore... a bit more than I can handle. BUTTTT... if we end up selling the car with no motor, I might just have a 351 to drop in
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To be fair, you'll find the same thing on every car forum of every brand/make.

Also, you are wrong about these motors being dogs. For a small displacement low compression engine, they do pretty damn good.
Small displacement, low compression... you have a point, but still not the kind of power I'm looking for! High displacement, high compression
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they run mid-high 12s stock.
That's it? I guess a mid to low 13 second car compared to a mid to high 12 second car stock just doesn't seem like that huge of a difference.
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Wow. You've got to be kidding. Not to dog on these forums but the mustang forums seem to be 1/2 rice boys that have no clue and 1/2 muscle car men that know what they're talking about. The 4.6L's are dogs from the bottom end to the heads - but if that's all you've ever owned, you wouldn't know the difference... The GTO's are almost neck and neck with 03-04 cobras. 6L very underrated 400fwhp through a T-56 and they run mid-high 12s stock. Trust me, I've owned, raced, or driven them all. They don't even compare.
Watch what you say, you have like 10 posts, you don't know our forums

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Motor Trend gave the 2006 GTO 13.3 ET stock with a 0-60 about 4.9 sec. Of course, driver skill has a lot to do with it too and I tend to dis-agree with the magazines a lot.
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