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Thanks everyone, lots of good info here. My next question is that I have found that they do have aftermarket fuel injection for a general set up and with a new intake, this engine could be set up with EFI that way. It looks like it would cost about $4K just for parts but I also would like an overdrive trans, so that would cost even more. Anyone have any experience with what would be cheaper then? Buying a complete new engine and trans to drop in, or buying the FI kit and getting an overdrive trans to install? Seems like 93 mustang or roughly 94ish ranger engines would be a much easier swap than a Duratec?
One of the easiest ways to go if you can find one is the stick shift Merkur xr4ti. It can be bought for cheap ($1200? or less?). It comes with a turbo 2.3, a T-9-5 speed (careful, some came with auto trans), and a stand alone wiring harness that is the easiest to adapt to any car. The extra money can be put into a rebuild if needed. Just my 2 cents.71HANTO
So here's some more questions after reading your responses: You can laugh at me and call me girly, but I'll be honest and admit I like and want an auto trans with OD. I'm assuming the Mercur XR4ti engine would mate with the auto? From what I can gather in doing a turbo swap, the only auto trans that was available came on the Thunderbird coupe, but I imagine it also would mate with an SVO Mustang engine? 2nd question: Would the fuel injection system be able to be adapted from a later model car to the 70's 2.3? Also, what type of injection do the 93 cars use - is it a TBI type set up or direct injection? Thanks!