I'm so excited I just had to make a pointless thread to show what I will be doing this weekend.
As you probably noticed, my 5.0 swap progress came to a screeching halt recently. This was because I had to focus on final exams in school and other priorities that needed my attention. Oh...and my swap fund got cleaned out...so I was a broke joke
I just opened an account with USAA and have gotten approval from my wife to EFT $1800 into it. The EFT processed last night, so now I'm waiting on PayPal to verify the account so I can start making these purchases.
Right now, the motor is ready to drop in, but it doesn't have the mounts
. I tried modifying the stock mounts by milling out the mount holes, but it didn't work. Now I will be able to order the Motor Mount plate drawings from Brian (BrianB31)
and get them fabricated while I finish up the odds and ends.
I'm going to order Lift Shackles for the rear, because the axle flip from the Explorer 8.8 axle and leafs caused a significant drop
. These shackles, based on my measurements, will allow me to either Level the truck out (middle notch), or give it a 1" rake (outer notch).
Also, I'll be ordering a performance 3-core Ford Racing aluminum radiator, to sit nicely in front of my 16" cooling fan.
Let the fun begin! I'm going to contact Brodix about some aluminum heads next week, but that may have to wait until after the truck is running.
Anyone have any suggestions on what else to buy? I'm looking for some basic performance upgrades now, since the motor mounts are "in process".
Here's my list:
What can I add to it???
- Lift Shackles
- Aluminum Radiator
- B&M Shift Kit for the A4OD
- AutoMeter gauge pod with Oil Pressure and Water Temp
- Sport Trac A/C face to match my silver indiglo gauges and AutoMeter gauges
- K&N Cone filter and aluminum intake tube