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quick35th
12-30-2009, 11:55 PM
Does anyone know what the bellhousing pattern is on the V8 SHO motors? I know all the regular and SHO V6's and svt contour share the same transmission bellhousing pattern. Is it the sbf pattern? If not does anyone know if there is a rwd tranny that will bolt up to the V8 SHO engine?

I am just getting ideas for a possible next project and looking at what is out there before I committ myself.

Shane

Hock
12-31-2009, 12:56 AM
It is the same as the Duratec 2.5 and 3.0. The SHO V8 block is the same design as the 2.5 with 2 cylinders added on. SO, it has the same internal dimensions as the 2.5. No real performance parts are available but the are things that can be done to the engine. Check out www.shoforum.com and www.v8sho.com for more info.

quick35th
12-31-2009, 12:38 PM
I was not thinking about ultimate performance out of the engine, they are a fairly peppy high rpm engine, relatively light weight since its all aluminum, and compact in size relative to a dohc 4.6L. I was thinking it would be a killer engine swapped into a small light weight car that is rwd and I know just the car to put it in. Miata comes to mind :D

Shane

ricardoa1
12-31-2009, 01:20 PM
Miata= the easy way out/

XxSlowpokexX
12-31-2009, 02:06 PM
We can also go semitruck racing....

quick35th
12-31-2009, 02:24 PM
Miata= the easy way out/

Naa but I think doing a V8 that is not a 5.0L in a miata would be lots of fun to drive around town and in the country. Who cares if there is practically no mods for the engine it makes enough power stock that it would make any miata fun to drive.

Shane

frdlvr30
12-31-2009, 11:46 PM
The 3.4L SHO V8 had one major flaw which has done many of the engines in. The Cam gears were pressed onto the 4 camshafts. They would slip causing valve interference damage. They need to be welded. Otherwise you get lots of bent engine internals. The reason most of the 1996-99 SHO's went to the junk yard. Other than that, they were bullet proof like the 3.0/3.2 SHO's....
There isnt a RWD tranny that will bolt up. Only the AX4S/AX4N will work. The CD4E from the Contour/Mistique will never hold up. The Six speed from the Focus SVT would be fun to drive, I would think...
Im sure Advance Adaptors could come up with a solution for which ever RWD Transmission you wanted to use. They are not the cheap though....

Hock
01-01-2010, 11:34 AM
I was not thinking about ultimate performance out of the engine, they are a fairly peppy high rpm engine, relatively light weight since its all aluminum, and compact in size relative to a dohc 4.6L. I was thinking it would be a killer engine swapped into a small light weight car that is rwd and I know just the car to put it in. Miata comes to mind :D

Shane

If I'm not mistaken it does have a cast iron block, but I could be wrong on that.

The only other real big issue with the stock 3.4 is the factory tuning. Ford programed the computer to allow more power based on vehicle speed (i.e. the faster you go the more power the engine puts out), they did that to protect the weak AN4X. What would be best in my opinion would be to use an aftermarket management system that way you get away from Fords law suit preventer.

ALSO, get the cams welded or it will be a short lived project.

fturner
01-01-2010, 11:43 AM
If I'm not mistaken it does have a cast iron block, but I could be wrong on that.

The only other real big issue with the stock 3.4 is the factory tuning. Ford programed the computer to allow more power based on vehicle speed (i.e. the faster you go the more power the engine puts out), they did that to protect the weak AN4X. What would be best in my opinion would be to use an aftermarket management system that way you get away from Fords law suit preventer.

ALSO, get the cams welded or it will be a short lived project.

The torque reduction you mentioned is actually active in the SC's as well to save the AOD/4r70w's, which we usually remove when we are tuning the car. You don't need an after market management system installed in an SHO to remove that "feature".

Fraser

1990XR7SC
01-01-2010, 01:40 PM
ok so if you want to stuff a v-8 in a small car why not a focus or cavie or something like that hell or even in a festiva lol.

frdlvr30
01-01-2010, 01:51 PM
Or you could do something like this that is completely pointless.
http://norfolk.craigslist.org/cto/1532037692.html

Trying to imagine taking a honda four cylinder out of the the front of my CRX and putting a different honda 4 cylinder (Not even a VTEC 1.8) in the rear of my CRX. Then ask 5 grand for it, like I had something. But, Atleast it has a 4 gallon fuel cell.