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Author Topic: 4.6 or 5.0?  (Read 609 times)

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4.6 or 5.0?
« on: December 30, 2018, 10:28:36 AM »
I'm wanting to put a V8 in a 74 Pinto I bought for parts. The car is in better shape than I first thought and now I want to do something with it. So 4.6 or 5.0?

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Re: 4.6 or 5.0?
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2018, 05:11:35 PM »
A 5.0 (302) is a narrow V-8 that is hard enough to fit in a Pinto. A 4.6 is a W-I-D-E V-8 and virtually impossible to fit.

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Re: 4.6 or 5.0?
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2018, 08:42:35 PM »
Yeah, a 4.6 would require major surgery to your car. Losing the fender wells and reinforcing the subframe at a minimum.

I had one given to me back when I owned a different 79 with the intention of doing that swap, but unless you are a very good welder/fabricator or know one who will also work cheap it probably isn't worth it.

If you happen to have those skills, have fun. It could be an awesome swap. Although most here would say you have ruined the car since this falls into the "Can't reverse the mod" so many feel is important.  It has been done with a Mustang II a few times, but not exactly the same engine compartment as our Pintos.

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Re: 4.6 or 5.0?
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2018, 10:21:09 PM »
I appreciate the input. I had no idea the 4.6 was so much wider than the 302.

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Re: 4.6 or 5.0?
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2018, 02:30:01 PM »
What about a 289 or turbocoupe.. wouldnt the hp be similar with the turbocoupe and a little work with a lot less weight..
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5.0 oil pan
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2019, 09:10:36 PM »
I have a 1980 Pinto and found a 5.0 HO with automatic transmission will this fit or do I need another oil pan with the sump in the front. Thanks for any help.