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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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V8 engine swap

What has to be done to the front suspension to support a ford v8 engine swap

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And here's another link for you:-

Tarring and feathering - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I didn't read it all but there may be some advice on how to get it off which could be useful...


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Springs

I would suggest 1100 lb inch springs 9.5 inch long 5 inch diameter.

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Picture is of my 1971 Spider/Ford 302 V-8 known as the "Italian Stallion" taken at Coronado vintage races this year. It's been on the road since 1996 with over 60,000 miles of successful (and may I say) FUN driving. IAP red springs, IAP poly bushings, Koni yellow shocks set on full hard front, 30% back. Ten years ago re-enforced upper castor arm ball joint mounting plate. That's it. This car is well known among Alfisti in San Diego and well respected. Good luck.
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Picture is of my 1971 Spider/Ford 302 V-8 known as the "Italian Stallion" taken at Coronado vintage races this year. It's been on the road since 1996 with over 60,000 miles of successful (and may I say) FUN driving. IAP red springs, IAP poly bushings, Koni yellow shocks set on full hard front, 30% back. Ten years ago re-enforced upper castor arm ball joint mounting plate. That's it. This car is well known among Alfisti in San Diego and well respected. Good luck.
I also have had those late night fantasies about a V8 in my Spider and it looked exactly like yours! Well, it might have been black. LOL Very nice, and looks like it would be a hoot to drive. Guess I'll have to watch the classifieds to see if you ever get bored with it...

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I have never been a big fan of the V8 spider, but I have always fantasized about a spider sporting a Pontiac Solstice motor and about 260 bhp. Now, if only I would win the lottery.

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I have never been a big fan of the V8 spider, but I have always fantasized about a spider sporting a Pontiac Solstice motor and about 260 bhp. Now, if only I would win the lottery.
Or perhaps an Oldsmobile Quad 4 engine! Only 190bhp but I bet it would fit better and there are quite a few performance mods around. Pontiac actually put it in a Fiero just before they scrapped the Fiero because it appealed to the younger crowd who couldn't afford to insure it...
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Alfasax....HOLY **** that is BEAUTIFUL!!!

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Back then my hands worked but couldnt find parts. Not I can find parts but the arthritis gets in the way...
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Thanks for the kind words! It's been a neat project. The car is engineered well and drives like you'd expect, i.e. it needs to be manhandled. You are not going to drive this like a 1966 Duetto, but then again, that was not the point. I owned Sunbeam Tigers before this, and after I got my first Spider, a hybrid of the two became an obsession. So.....next project is going to be a 2002 Crown Vic police car dressed like a Italian Carabinieri Alfa. Will this madness never end?
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Thanks for the info, im looking for an aluminum block 302 that will help a little also
i guess its a go.
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Nice ride alfasax.

Hal, if it were me, and I had to do a swap, I'd would first fit an alfa 2.5 or 3.0 v6 from the GTV6 or 75 range....this powerpant rocks and is all aluminum and sohc.
If I had to have a v8, Id go with the ex-buick Rover v8 in 3.9litre form..all aluminum about 300lbs and makes a lot of power. It will fit in the alfa.
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alfasax,
how about some pics of the engine bay? did you do a manual or an auto trans?
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Hal, if you go with a Ford 302, forget about an aluminum block; if there are any they are aftermarket and very expensive! Go with a 1987 and up roller cam block and some good aluminum heads. You'll need a rear-sump oil pan from an early Bronco or '79-'84 Econoline or F-150.

Still, why not keep it all Alfa? You can make the 2.0 produce good power, and it won't be a nose-heavy understeering pig.

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