Motor Swap Issues
Hey guys, it has been quite a while but it's good to be back!
I am in need of some guidance regarding a recent engine swap in my 97 bird.
The back story:
It has been quite a while since I have posted, mostly due to the fact that my motor exploded roughly 6 years ago. Since then the car has been parked in a garage in Alabama, basically untouched. I had some spare time this past week with the 4th Holiday to begin swapping over the transplant engine which I acquired roughly 2 years ago.
Details on the donor motor:
'02 mustang GT 4.6L, purchased from Craigslist. By all accounts looks clean inside and out. All T-bird specific parts required have been changed out. Mounts, oil pan, pickup tube, flex plate, etc.
Issue I am having:
After swapping the old motor for the new, I have come to the point where the engine is mated to the trans, and all bolts have been snugged. The crank pulley will not rotate at the point where I am applying more torque than I am comfortable with on the crank pulley bolt. If I unbolt the motor from the trans and back it off about a half inch I can rotate the motor easily with a breaker bar, and can also easily manipulate the torque converter. Mate them back, and no movement. Additionally, with everything bolted up there are not enough threads exposed at the TC to get the nut on. I can get a regular nut started that does not have the offset threads of the factory nut. My thoughts are maybe the nuts need to be on the TC enough to pull the TC forward because it's pushed back and binding on the housing.
If anyone has experienced a similar issue, or can provide any insight it would be greatly appreciated.
97 Thunderbird LX 4.6L
PI Intake Manifold, Comp XE268's, 180 degree T-stat, Brother's Performance U/D pulleys, K&N filter w custom CAI, 75mm TB and Trick Flow plenum, Borla mufflers w Magnaflow tips, Magnaflow straight cats, Summit 8mm wires, Eibach Pro Kit Springs, Koni Adjustable Front Shocks, Bilstein Cobra Rear Shocks, Cobra R replica rims(17x9)front (17x10.5)rear