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Lincoln Aviator 4.6 swap into 99GT

Discussion in 'General Late-Model Discussion' started by tarafied1, Nov 6, 2016.

  1. FalkenXC

    FalkenXC Big Dreams, Little Wallet, Tarafied1 is my father

    I have painted a lot of the junk that came with the Modular Ford and I think it all looks pretty good. I am hoping that when I pop the hood it will get some lookers because the car isn't the prettiest!

    A funny story comes to mind from the 2015 Hot Rod Power Tour. My dad and I were leaving a venue, he in his '67 and me in my '99, and there was a dedicated lane to go for when you leave. Along this path was an army of people watching but also this guy who must have worked for Hot Rod with a giant camera like in the movies. He had this thing on a stabilizer strapped to his shoulders and captured my dad leaving with cinematic-like quality, and I was so excited to have the lens pointed at me next as I was right behind him. Nope! As soon as dad got past the camera man, he put his camera away! Yeah, sure I guess I don't want my car on TV! Thanks anyway!

    While I am waiting on that head to come back, I have been working on school stuff too. I am taking a CAD class and recently completed my curio cabinet project. That was a PITA. I also took a drive down to the Tail of the Dragon with a friend of mine in his BMW! I got to drive the way back on the tail, it is an amazing road and the posted speed limits are for real: those are too tight to even consider going above 30mph! I found my picture online too.


    I recently honed out the block and it looks great now for my first try. We also checked my ring gap on one of the cylinders and it is exactly where I need it to be, but I will investigate further when it comes time to put the pistons in for real. I wanted to plastigage my mains and rods today but ran out of time before work, and won't have another chance until Monday. No big deal, just getting anxious! I have been without a clutch pedal and a V8 for almost 5 months. Suffering from withdraws...

    Anyway, here are some pics!







    This thing is finally coming together. Yes, this is also the part where I find out everything I did wrong along the way. Hope it isn't gonna be too expensive. RIP wallet!
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  2. FalkenXC

    FalkenXC Big Dreams, Little Wallet, Tarafied1 is my father

    If I recall correctly, the 05 Aviator had an updated version of the DOHC heads that had more threads on the spark plug holes than the 03/04 Machs and Cobras which is I think why I chose it but that was so long ago, I don't remember. When I get my head back from the shop, I will take a look! Good luck with your repair! Any pics of your Mach?
  3. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    the motor is going together but as usual there is always something. The machine shop pointed out the some of the lifters (lash adjusters) are stuck. We soaked a bunch in kerosene and squeezed them in the vise between two blocks of wood. They are still sticky. So I decided to take one apart. They had crud inside and possibly some remains of the timing chain debris. So he is going to replace all 32 just to be safe.
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  4. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    the short block is pretty much together though...
  5. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    well he bolted the heads on. That's about as far as we can go until he gets the lash adjusters. But we mocked up some of the parts just too see how it will look.
    IMG_7558.jpg IMG_7560.jpg IMG_7561.jpg
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  6. FalkenXC

    FalkenXC Big Dreams, Little Wallet, Tarafied1 is my father

    I am going to be buying a new alternator, a new coolant crossover, and new fuel rails as well as painting a few pulleys and the oil pan. I'm beginning to wonder if this thing has an infinite amount of parts!
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  7. RapidRabbit

    RapidRabbit Well-Known Member

    I think every project has an infinite amount of parts needed. It never ends.
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  8. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    you're just getting started son!
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