4th Gear Poster
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Coatesville, Pennsylvania
glowing escape - Right on! The right car to mod is whatever you want. I jointly own a 2001 Mustang with my woman, and it is by no means a replacement for my 95 Thunderbird 3.8. Mustangs ride like crap, have way too much road noise, not enough room inside, and worse yet, everybody has one. The only Mustang I really like driving is my hot rodded 65, and that's only because 300 rwhp is a lot of fun in light car; but comfortable highway crusier, it aint.
whitemerc - It can be done, fitting the engine between the fenders is the easy part though. You need the electronics (computer, wiring harness), and drivetrain to match that 5.0. You will most definitley need a rebuild on that engine, but it's not hard to do and cheaper to rebuild than your 3.8. Also, someone else may be able to verify this, but I believe you may need a different hood on a 94 to fit a 5.0 HO if the engine is from a mustang. I may be wrong on that one though.
As far as emissions laws go, it varies greatly from state to state. I'm in NJ, but I used to be a PA state inspector. For both PA and NJ The engine should be the same year or newer than the chassis you are installing it into. Now that being said, they rarely check, plus the 5.0 was an option in that car the previous year, so it wouldn't even raise any suspicion. It will however, have to pass the emissions test for a 94 Cougar. You should be ok as long as you retain all the emissions equipment on the engine and catalytic converters. All bets are off if you live in CA, though.
Goodluck with your swap.
Edit: I forgot to add that by far, the easiest thing to do is to rebuild the 3.8 or drop in a rebuilt 3.8 or 4.2 crate engine. As many have said before, it all depends on what you want from your Cougar. (a tribute to all the V6 racers out there).
1995 LX Electric Red 3.8, K&N intake, Reinhart Chip.
1965 Mustang HP289
I'm selling many 1960's Mustang and Ford parts. Have a rebuildable 289, an FMX trans, complete 67 coupe body with glass - send me PM.
Last edited by cmd146; 10-24-2002 at 10:47 AM.