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Hey guys i'm new to the site. I own a 1996 Ford F-150 XL with an 4.9L Inline 6 and 5 speed manual transmission. The truck hasn't been running for a number of years, and i'm thinking about converting the truck to a 302 V8. I'm wondering if anyone has done the same, and what all is involved in doing the conversion. I would think that a V8 would run at higher RPM's and the gearing would be different? thanks in advance.

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I did the swap in my 96 except mine's an automatic. You're gonna need a whole lot of things to do it and you're gonna have to do some wiring



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is this going to be a daily driver ? if not then a carbed 302/351 would be alot simpler in the wiring department

Painless wiring may have a complete harness for the swap you would need to get ahold of them

or you can piece it together yourself

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if you can find it your best bet would be a complete donor truck one thats smashed or rotted out, some wrecking yards will sell a complete truck but you take it strip what you need and bring it back to them (so it doesnt misteriosly end up back on the road)



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and while your at it put a 5.8l instead


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I did the swap in my 96 except mine's an automatic. You're gonna need a whole lot of things to do it and you're gonna have to do some wiring
did you have to switch your differentials and all that stuff? cause i have a 95' F-150 that had a 351 that the motors been swapped out, with auto tranny, and if diffs must be swapped out i'd like to switch those over along with the transmission, steering column, etc. and make it automatic.

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For the most part everything should bolt up ok. Gears/diffs are fine, your 5 spd should handle the 302 fine.

The only thing I can see being an issue would be wiring and motor mounts. I second the idea of building a stand-alone carb setup if its not a DD, waaaay simpler. LR

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diffs are ok. Do you have all of the underhood wiring from the 95 including all of the power distribution box and the wires that come out of it?



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Alot of the parts have been stripped out of the 95' and i would guess that some of the wiring is also missing. There is a local wrecker that could supply all the parts i need if i knew exactly what that might be. Also i'd preferr to keep the truck Fuel Ingected.

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it can be done with your 96 power distribution box but you'll end up having to wire 2 injectors from your ECU. Also 96 was the first year of OBD2 and the only year with the 5.8 with that ECU so your parts are one year only



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