Mustang and Ford Performance Forums banner
1 - 11 of 11 Posts

· Registered
67 Fairlane 500XL. Planning on a 32 valve 4.6, 4r70w swap
Joined
·
44 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I'm looking at possibly getting a 2005-2010 GT with manual transmission. I'd prefer a newer 5.0 but the cost is more than I want to spend currently. I've found decent looking cars with anywhere from 100,000 -180,000 miles in my price range. I even found a 2010 in Grabber Blue I really like. From what I've read, the 4.6 3v is a pretty reliable motor and the tr3650 is ok as long as not abused. How many miles is too many? Is the 2010 worth a couple grand more than a comparable 05-09? This is going to be a commuter/ road tripper for me and the wife. My daughter may use it from time to time until we replace the trans in her explorer.... This my desire for a manual. I don't trust the 5r55. Don't really like the 4.0 either. Advice?
 

· Registered
Joined
·
408 Posts
i would prepare myself for possible vct/valvetrain/timing chain issues with higher mileage engines, esp if routine oil changes weren't adhered to. it wouldn't deter me from making a purchase, but modular variable valve timing systems do seem to be a weak spot.

i only own a 5.4 3-valve in a f-150, but everything i have read (and experienced) point to that. best of luck with your purchase!
 

· Registered
67 Fairlane 500XL. Planning on a 32 valve 4.6, 4r70w swap
Joined
·
44 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
i would prepare myself for possible vct/valvetrain/timing chain issues with higher mileage engines, esp if routine oil changes weren't adhered to. it wouldn't deter me from making a purchase, but modular variable valve timing systems do seem to be a weak spot.

i only own a 5.4 3-valve in a f-150, but everything i have read (and experienced) point to that. best of luck with your purchase!
I've had a few 5.4s over the years and from what I gather, it's not as much of an issue on the 4.6. That being said, I'm not afraid to tear into one if need be. Currently building a 4.6 4.v for my Fairlane.
 

· Registered
67 Fairlane 500XL. Planning on a 32 valve 4.6, 4r70w swap
Joined
·
44 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Well I bit the bullet... Went with a 2007 GT convertible. It's very clean and obviously well cared for other than normal wear and tear. Lowish miles and Flowmaster exhaust. Not normally a Flowmaster fan but it does sound good. Needs new wheels. Looking for something like the Bullit or torque thrusts. Probably going to do headers. At least shorties. Probably a tune and intake. Maybe cams. Even considering a blower or turbo(s). For now, my daughter will be driving it so stock is plenty. Hope she doesn't fry the clutch...
 

· Registered
67 Fairlane 500XL. Planning on a 32 valve 4.6, 4r70w swap
Joined
·
44 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Automotive parking light Tire Hood Light Wheel

Gas Tints and shades Machine Cylinder Engineering

Liquid Bottle Fluid Bottle cap Plastic bottle

Changed the trans fluid and differential fluid this afternoon. Went smoothly. Trans fluid was kind of milky looking. Definitely shifts smoother. And the rear end is quieter. Mobile 1 ATF and Lucas gear oil with Motorcraft friction modifier in the rear.
 

· Registered
67 Fairlane 500XL. Planning on a 32 valve 4.6, 4r70w swap
Joined
·
44 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Met a guy at the store the other day who offered me some smoke tail lights. Said he lives nearby and wants $20, so I followed to his place... He has a badass white S197 with straight pipes and long tubes, and cheater slicks. He also has gen 5 Raxions so he just wanted to get rid of his older smoked incandescent taillights. They are like new and even came with bulbs. They look great (not as nice as the gen 5s...) but definitely an upgrade.
Vehicle Car Hood Automotive lighting Vehicle registration plate

Automotive parking light Automotive tail & brake light Automotive lighting Hood Vehicle
 

· Registered
67 Fairlane 500XL. Planning on a 32 valve 4.6, 4r70w swap
Joined
·
44 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Merry Christmas to me! My Pedder's struts and new sway bar bushings came in a couple days ago. Spent a couple hours in the shop this morning installing them. Went smoothly. Old struts were toast. Bushings fell apart in my hands... Only drove it from the shop to out front of my house, but no clunking and seems to ride better. Had a few adult beverages so no more test driving today.
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top