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Old September 28th, 2012, 08:39 AM   #1
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lightning engine

Anyone ever put a lightning engine (5.4 SC from a 1999 not the 5.8) into a street rod or custom application? I have a line on a fully built Lightning engine its a really well built engine with a ton of power. I am thinking about running it in my 74 bronco build. I can get the trans, computer and wiring with the engine. I know and assume I can get the computer reflashed to turn off certain things like pats key etc. but not sure of what wiring I will need, would I need any part of the body harness or just engine/trans.

Im hoping someone here has done this before and can give me a little insight, I dont want to drop the money if I wont be able to get it to run later...lol

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Old September 28th, 2012, 08:47 AM   #2
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I haven't, but would assume that 99% of any problem you would encounter would be electrical/computer related.

So I would grab everything possible from the donor truck.
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Old October 1st, 2012, 06:17 AM   #3
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just do a body swap. put the bronco on the lightning chassis
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 06:55 PM   #4
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Is the bronco body going to be wide enough to fit the wide deck of the 5.4L in there?
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 07:08 PM   #5
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I wouldnt be worried about how wide it is....have you ever seen how TALL a blown 5.4 is?? Fricken huge!

In a 74 Bronco I bet the upper intake would middle of the windshield.
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 11:10 AM   #6
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Current issue of Bronco Driver details some of the issues of a new 5.0 Coyote install in an EB. There were some fitment issues, not sure how close the Coyote & 5.4 are related.
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 11:24 AM   #7
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Fords suck
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Old October 4th, 2012, 11:18 AM   #8
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Fords suck
Not nearly as much as dumbass comments in the tech section.
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Old November 12th, 2012, 11:01 PM   #9
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Not nearly as much as dumbass comments in the tech section.
hey hey, some one gets it!

the engines are not really any taller then an old 351w with a carb and filter, they are about 1.75x wider tho because of the cylinder head design
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Old November 14th, 2012, 02:11 PM   #10
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the engines are not really any taller then an old 351w with a carb and filter, they are about 1.75x wider tho because of the cylinder head design
Have you ever seen a 5.4 Lightning motor??


A 351w with a carb and intake will fit under a stock mustang hood. Here is a 5.4 in a Mustang....it wouldnt fit under a 5" cowl hood.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 02:26 PM   #11
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I have a bunch of links on 5.4/4.6 swaps into old mustangs including wiring tips and links to where to vet harnesses etc and who can handle the ecm. I did a bunch of research when i was gonna swap a 5.4 into my torino until i sold the car. But its all saved on my laptop at home.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 02:45 PM   #12
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Dont worry guys he has a v8 explorer with torque monster headers.... he knows what hes talking about.

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Old November 14th, 2012, 02:46 PM   #13
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i have a 03 5.4 complete with everything.i was going to put in my buggy..went chevy because it was just too much work.they are a lot wider then a ls motor and no were near the parts and companys out there for support. there is a guy on hardline building a buggy with a lightning motor in it. i will see if i can find it. i love ford's so do it dj. i have parts if you need anything.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 03:38 PM   #14
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Erin, I want to believe you, but do you have torque monster headers? I know you have/had a 5 speed.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 04:03 PM   #15
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But he was just some jeep guy, this is a very important item and cannot be stressed enough when evaluating street cred.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 05:43 PM   #16
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http://www.themustangshop.com/modswap.cfm
http://www.carcraft.com/techarticles...s/viewall.html
http://www.f150online.com/forums/art...wap-notes.html
http://www.thedetailzone.com/Ford%20...05.4%20EFI.htm


Guess those are the only links I saved on my bookmarks since I purged some info recently when cleaning up my computer.

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Old November 15th, 2012, 02:19 PM   #17
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i was describing the mod motors in general

the lightening is a different hat seeing that its got the massive M112 on top of it
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Old November 15th, 2012, 02:20 PM   #18
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A 351w with a carb and intake will fit under a stock mustang hood. Here is a 5.4 in a Mustang....it wouldnt fit under a 5" cowl hood.
take the blower off and it fits
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Old November 15th, 2012, 02:53 PM   #19
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take the blower off and it fits
says some explorer guy......
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Old November 15th, 2012, 03:08 PM   #20
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Actually with a stock Triton 5.4 intake it still wont fit. Sorry not tryin to be a dick but facts is facts. Drop a grand on a Edelbrock or Sullivan intake setup and you can squeeze one under a 2" cowl hood tho.
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