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WhoaWhen I read this question a huge question mark appeared above my head! I suppose you could "fit" the engine in there, if there is enough room, but if you are planning to actually make it run, and make the car go down the road, there will be a LOT more than making the engine fit in the hole. You've got wiring harness and computer issues, HUGE transmission issues, since the car is designed for a small front wheel drive transmission, and you need a rear wheel drive tranny. So then you have stuctural issues, like how to turn this car into a rear wheel drive vehicle, and how do you make the front engine support an engine that is at probably twice as heavy as the origional. Then you have other structural issues, like how do you make the frame support the torque of a 5 liter at the rear wheels, as opposed to the torque of a 2.3 or a 3.0 liter at the front wheels. In order to do all this, you are literraly going to have to engineer and build a car from the wheels up. There is probably more issues than I have thought of here.

You do not have to worry about wiring hanresses. There are a couple ways around that issue, one being carburetion and the other a standalone ECU. In order to give the car structural support for the 302, you just build a chassis. The first thing to do in this case is to design the chassis. To keep the existing ride height you'd want to have the chassis step up in the front and back to hold the suspension at the right height. To make the chassis, buy chassis rail, cut it at the right lengths and angles and weld it together, of course making sure it's as straight as it can get and clamp it in place. Then, drill holes in the chassis to fasten the body and drill corresponding holes in the body. After this is done fasten the body to the frame to make sure everything fits right and if some holes don't line up you can drill new ones close by. Then unbolt it and begin suspension work on the chassis. For front suspension I would recommend double-wishbone IFS from a Mustang II, modified to fit. Make the mounts and weld them on. For the rear I would recommend a 9 inch with an LSD or a Detroit Locker. You can modify fox body engine mounts to fir the motor and the same for the transmission, or even design the chassis so it fits the mounts with no modification. Also, I'd put coilover shocks in the front and rear. For the engine I would use a junkyard 302 rebuilt if stock were the idea, but personally I'd rather skip that if it were affordable and use a Dart iron block and IHS iron heads, then go all out with a forged rotating assembly, all ARP bolts and ARP head and main studs, Comp Cams or Crane camshaft, chromemoly pushrods, solid roller lifters, adjustable roller rockers, dual or triple valve springs, titanium valve spring retainers, and similar performance goods, plus a couple Vortech V24 Z trim superchargers running about 40-50 combined psi. But that takes money. It would make one heck of a sleeper, though. That engine mill would probably run around $15K. Now, the tranny could be a C4, a C6 with an aftermarket bellhousing to mate it to the small block Ford, or just about any type of manual. If it were manual I'd go with a 5 speed Mustang tranny or a Tranzilla, but the Tranzilla is more fitting with the twin blown $15K engine. Also, that same engine could be built for quite a bit less if good used parts are incorporated, such as Dart blocks from a race car switching to a different engine type, etc. After it's all put together, you put on the body. Most likely the hood won't fit, but don't just cut a hole for the filter, you'll regret it. I'd make a sheet metal cowl and weld it on, personally, although you can go fiberglass, too. Also, you could use a dry sump oil pan and use as low an intake manifold as you can find, and an air box to surround the carburetor as opposed to carb hats if you go carbureted. When it's all said and done, such a light and powerful car would be super fast, and you'd probably want a roll cage, too. Anyway, the whole thing isn't for most people, and it would be much cheaper and easier to just buy a fox body, but if you're not discouraged yet then go ahead and build it.

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