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Post  new2460 on September 26th 2012, 11:43 am

how hard would it be to put a 460 in a cougar? i think crites makes headers and mounts. i can pick up a solid car for cheap! just wondering. thanks jim

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Post  jbozzelle on September 26th 2012, 12:43 pm

It'll be a tight fit with the exhaust because of the shock towers but it can be done. They're also kits to convert to a Mustang II front suspension, Fox body strut, etc... Most guys just trim back the shock tower and box and reweld it.

I like those old Cougars. My dad has a 67 XR7 that's getting redone.

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Post  quick 52 on September 26th 2012, 12:44 pm

should be a peace of cake lots mustang parts should work

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Post  the Coug on September 26th 2012, 2:10 pm

quick 52 wrote:should be a peace of cake lots mustang parts should work





A Piece of cake my BUTT maybe for you! not doing it... I have been there done that... IT is no piece of cake, but it can be done.



I have been looking for another 67 or 68 or 69 to make a driver out of...
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Post  bb429power on September 26th 2012, 6:49 pm

A question I can actually answer! Laughing Well my dad has a 69 cougar with a 351w in it, ford racing z heads and headman headers and damn that puppy is in there tight affraid If you wanted to swap to a big block, shock tower modifications would have to be made, but it can be done Smile
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Post  cool40 on September 26th 2012, 8:32 pm

it'll fit with the headers and mounts from crites. i made the first set of mounts and used manifolds then got the crites stuff.the headers are a bitch but will go on. for a good driver i'd use manifolds,JMO. Smile
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Post  LivermoreDave on September 27th 2012, 6:38 am

new2460 wrote:how hard would it be to put a 460 in a cougar? i think crites makes headers and mounts. i can pick up a solid car for cheap! just wondering. thanks jim

IMO, especially a car as you mentioned, I would install an engine similar to the 1968 "J" code, clean her up and enjoy an afternoon drive! The installation of a Ford 385 Series engine in that platform will not be enjoyable during construction. Too, the handling will be less than desirable unless you intend to drift or perform long smokey burnouts!

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Post  rmcomprandy on September 27th 2012, 9:25 am

new2460 wrote:how hard would it be to put a 460 in a cougar? i think crites makes headers and mounts. i can pick up a solid car for cheap! just wondering. thanks jim

Guys, There are MANY Cougar body styles ... how many years has Ford offered a Cougar...?
His 1968 is going to be a whole lot different than a 1974 or a 1986.


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Post  dfree383 on September 27th 2012, 9:40 am

rmcomprandy wrote:
new2460 wrote:how hard would it be to put a 460 in a cougar? i think crites makes headers and mounts. i can pick up a solid car for cheap! just wondering. thanks jim

Guys, There are MANY Cougar body styles ... how many years has Ford offered a Cougar...?
A 1968 is going to be a whole lot different than a 1974 or a 1986.

They OP is asking about a 1968.
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Post  res0rli9 on September 27th 2012, 10:54 am

cougar's are the same frame as the mustang's, the early one's anyway.

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Post  67460 on September 27th 2012, 4:51 pm

Lot's of good recommendations, If you plan on going with a bbf you would want to a least modify the shock towers Very tight fit with them, Or If it is a street rod, I would drop a 351 Laughing in it for a little more room and header choices. Or you can cut the shock towers out like I did put you in a new front mustang II kit and build you a set headers or get a set from http://www.ddautospec.com/products_engineswap.html. if they still have them.

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Post  cool40 on September 27th 2012, 9:36 pm

LivermoreDave wrote:
new2460 wrote:how hard would it be to put a 460 in a cougar? i think crites makes headers and mounts. i can pick up a solid car for cheap! just wondering. thanks jim

IMO, especially a car as you mentioned, I would install an engine similar to the 1968 "J" code, clean her up and enjoy an afternoon drive! The installation of a Ford 385 Series engine in that platform will not be enjoyable during construction. Too, the handling will be less than desirable unless you intend to drift or perform long smokey burnouts!

Dave.

very good points! i can tell you it wont drive to well even with the springs for it.i always had trouble cooling my mustang cuz of the little room for a radiator.the whole damn frontend of the car would get hot! Laughing the long smokey burnouts made it worth the trouble tho........
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why not an fe ?

Post  manofmerc on October 2nd 2012, 6:29 am

A 428 with some good heads or a 390 block with a stroker kit and good heads would be a strong engine and fit your engine compartment better than a 460 .But the fe is tight in there also .I have three shock tower cars with big blocks all are tight fits .Maybe a smallblock with a stroker crank and again some good aftermarket heads .It really depends on how fast you want to go .With a 351 windsor block you can go all the way to 427 cu.in.. Doug Cool

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Post  the Coug on October 2nd 2012, 7:45 am

or he could just make me a deal on it and I will take care of it....I have a good 351 Boss and 4 speed looking for a great home... or a 302 Boss and 4 speedor my old 289 and 4 speed.....
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Post  ustahava67 on October 2nd 2012, 9:28 pm

I did thi swap in a 67 FastBack back in the dark ages (1982) I used Repro Boss 429 motor mount brackets and iron manifolds. I personally feel that spark plug access was better than the FE cars that I had worked on. My car was a manual steering manual brake car. I haven't seen the crites mounts/headers. I never put headers on my car cause I was a dumb kid working in a hot rod shop and couldn't afford the 450$ for the build your own kit. With a REAL mild combo it was a 13.00 flat/ 114mph car
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