I'm looking for some opinions on the smallest useful engine that can be
transplanted into a 1965 ford mustang... Is it a stretch to say that a
honda accord engine might be compatible and/or even strong enough to
drive the mustang?
Or maybe the easier option is to modify the stang's 289 v8 to make it
more fuel efficient. Comments/suggestions?
I can't help but agree. I'm sure ANYTHING is possible with a sufficient
amount of money and elbow grease applied. Nationalist sentiments aside,
it would probably be a lot easier to transplant an inline Ford 6
cylinder like a 200 or 250 which was both available and plentiful at
that time. With appropriate tweaking, those engines CAN be quite fuel
efficient with the old single barrel carbs.
Keep in mind that your time is allegedly also worth something. So
spending a month trying to shoehorn in a more fuel efficient engine
might not be the big money saver that you think.
Lastly, I suspect the original post was a joke....but ya' never know....
You want a fuel sipping mustang?
1) Find one of the very rare 1969 Mustang E's. 200 cid I6 with a trans
set up for fuel economy.
2) Mustang ii 4 cylinder.
3) 1979-1993 4 cylinder.
Don't hack up a perfectly good '65.
If you really want a '65 with better fuel economy, buy a '65 with 170 or
200 cid I6.
On Mon, 23 Jan 2006 03:16:49 -0600, email@example.com
(Brent P) wrote:
Having owned a Mustang II I tend to disagree with this... Unless
specially set up, even the V8s were dogs. I think the 4 banger would
have to strain more to move that much weight. It might save some in
the short haul, but in the long run... it's a question. I had the 302
w/4V and it still was nothing compared to my 72.
1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 2+2, Vintage Burgundy
rebuild the 289. carefully select the cam, run a 4-v intake with a small
(low cfm carb with vacuum secondary. upgrade the ignition (petronix, unilite
ect) use high quality cap, wires and plugs. Find a 35 amp alternator, no
after market electronics, quality using a manual trans convert to over
driven T-5, lighten the flywheel and pressure plate, with an auto for an
over drive type AOD. lighten the drive shaft (carbon fiber, aluminum) find a
set of 2:11 or 2:34 gears, change the tires to the narrowest highest
pressure p-metric radials you can find and are comfortable with. remove the
carpet and trunk mat and the insulation under them, reinstall the mat and
carpet. don't carry anything extra in the trunk. Drive as if there is and
egg between your gas pedal and the floor,
my reference to the "honda accord" was meant to be tongue-in-cheek.
Anyway, yes I agree that a rebuild is probably the most efficient way
to improve some gas mileage while still preserving the mustang's
thanks for the thoughts :)
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