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Book Review: How To Swap Modular Engines Into Mustangs, Torinos, and More
You’re probably familiar with Dave Stribling from his Back to the Basics column in Mustang Monthly magazine and his various tech tips and stories here on Mustang-360.com. Stribling recently wrote a book with CarTech Auto Books & Manuals on How To Swap Modular Engines into Mustang, Torinos, and More, and it just hit the market. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to swap the wide mod motor into an early car, this book covers it all.
Stribling guides the reader through each crucial step of the modular engine transplant process with insightful tips and detailed instructions. The most difficult part of dropping a mod motor into an early Mustang, for instance, is that the shock towers makes it nearly impossible without some cutting or outright removal—Stribling shows how to do it correctly, and the other options out there to make it as easy and clean as possible. The book is broken down into chapters covering modular engine identification, installation details, control modules and wiring, intakes and induction, fuel systems, cooling/ignition/engine systems, transmission and drivetrain, exhaust, and startup tips when everything is ready to go.
There is also information on swapping a modular into street rods and trucks, and even a few mini features on mod-powered vehicles (including a Cobra kit car and a wild 1927 T-bucket with two—count ‘em two—blown 4-cam modular motors).
Any question you may have about swapping a modular engine into a vehicle that didn’t originally come with one is in Stribling’s book, and it should be considered mandatory on any Ford of Mustang fan’s bookshelf. And Dave’s a good guy, so help him earn his royalties!
To get a copy ($26.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling), order one from CarTech by calling 1-800-551-4754 or go to www.cartechbooks.com.