Sol's '54 R112


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Post Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:58 am

Re: Sol's '54 R110

Just wanted to point this out, for no particular reason:

SUBARU spelled backwards is U R A BUS. :t3716:
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Post Tue May 09, 2017 8:11 pm

Re: Sol's '54 R110

Freedom!

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**** that thing is big. Tape measure says it should fit :t3716:

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I need to pick up a trans (manual) then I can start mocking it up in the truck.
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Post Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:45 pm

Re: Sol's '54 R110

Finally got the other projects booted out and the IH is back in!

Picked up a trans last week finally. T45 from a 2000 mustang.

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Shoved the engine/trans in. Ford 5.4 DOHC/32 valve w/ Australian Falcon Boss intake.

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Had to do some cutting on the firewall, but that was expected.

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Since a lot of the floor just bolts in, I only had to cut a little bit on the firewall for now. Shifter ended up about 4" behind the original opening.

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Wow, that fit in there perfect.

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Now the problems

Oil filter wants to occupy the same area as the steering shaft

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Both manifolds are resting on the control arms. Steering shaft is going to have some tight angles on it to get around this manifold.

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The guys swapping this engine in to mustangs use the Cobra manifolds a lot of the time and I think at least the drivers side is tucked in a little tighter. Going to study pics and see how much tighter it actually is. A used pair of them would probably be about $100.
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Post Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:56 pm

Re: Sol's '54 R110

This is probably where the engine is going to end up. Waiting on a set of headers before I make things permanent.

Also hung the front sheet metal back on to see how I was looking for room. The answer is plenty :D

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Lots of room in front for the radiator/fans and a/c condenser. I WILL have a/c haha.

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Post Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:42 pm

Re: Sol's '54 R110

One problem with this intake manifold is the throttle body that bolts right on is drive by wire. I've been doing a bunch of reading on this and apparently nobody has found a cable throttle body that just bolts on. Sigh. The most common solution that folks are doing is welding a new flange on for the standard oval throttle body found on various fords.


I hesitated a bit before this. Oh this is expensive, oh what am I doing, oh god SLICE .... ok the hard part is done now :laughing:

New flange welded on (forgot to take a pic of it before).

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Another issue is the DBW cars just use the throttle body/ecu for controlling idle, so I had to add a normal IAC valve too.

I had a brain fart and welded it on 180* out. No big deal except the connector points straight in to the firewall. Fortunately I can just get a different valve that has the connector pointing up instead of out the side. I'll need to run a hose from the nipple over to the intake before the throttle body.

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Kind of want to make a clear plenum for this, seems a shame to hide this sexyness :D

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Post Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:52 pm

Re: Sol's '54 R110

Headers came in. Not as huge of an improvement as I was hoping on the drivers side. At least it isn't sitting on the control arm anymore. Worst case I can probably cut and reweld the #1 primary to come up at more of an angle before it turns to the rear.

I can fit both headers in without having to lift the engine or anything stupid like that. I need to get new hardware as the original nuts rusted to the studs. Fortunately every single one of them screwed out and I don't have to drill/tap any of them :D


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Pass side, although clearance wasn't bad on this side with the manifold.

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Post Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:06 pm

Re: Sol's '54 R110

My test wheel showed up today. 18x8. Unmodified, it would need a 4" spacer to fit correctly :eek:

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Little bit of grinding and lot of BFH action and the center is out of the rim. This rim if from a 2015 police interceptor Taurus and this center stamping is 1/4" steel :p1003:

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I flipped the center and now have a custom back spaced wheel. I still need to true it and reweld the center in place. Plus a new valve stem hole. Then sand blasted and repaint it.

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*edit*

Stuck it on the rear to see how it looked.

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*double edit*

Pulled a spring off the front to see how it fit at full stuff. I think I can deal with this :D

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Post Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:38 pm

Re: Sol's '54 R110

So what back space are you going with? Like has been said, lots of wheels out there to fit the 5 bolt pattern, just having the clearance from face of drum or bolt surface to truck to clear and not rub, That is the RUB!
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Post Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:55 pm

Re: Sol's '54 R110

It is very shallow, somewhere around 2.5" of BS. It fits the rear very nicely but the front looks like it may need to come in about 1/2-3/4". Unfortunately I can't move the hoop in any more than it is now because of how it is designed.

I need to pull a front spring out and cycle the suspension before I go any further on it.
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Post Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:50 pm

Re: Sol's '54 R110

This is impressive. I am reminded of how I felt when did the surgery on an R120 to install a 6.9 V8 Diesel. I like those Ford modular engines.
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