Engine Swap Questions

vhoven

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Hi,

I don't know a lot about mechanics but I have an 5.0L '89 Eddie Bauer Bronco that's been in the family for 3 generations now and means the world to me. I need to replace my engine because it recently blew after constantly burning/leaking both oil and coolant. I'm looking to replace it with a crate motor or a budget friendly improvement in the ford family and am wondering about what my options are, tips you might have, any good engine repair shops in the San Diego or Las Vegas area, and any other info you can give me. I'm a purist, so I'd like to keep it looking as original as possible...for example things like preserving the gauges and making them compatible with the replacement engine or finding replacement gauges that look period correct.

Thanks in advance,
Victoria
 
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Hi,

I don't know a lot about mechanics but I have an 5.0L '89 Eddie Bauer Bronco that's been in the family for 3 generations now and means the world to me. I need to replace my engine because it recently blew after constantly burning/leaking both oil and coolant. I'm looking to replace it with a crate motor or a budget friendly improvement in the ford family and am wondering about what my options are, tips you might have, any good engine repair shops in the San Diego or Las Vegas area, and any other info you can give me. I'm a purist, so I'd like to keep it looking as original as possible...for example things like preserving the gauges and making them compatible with the replacement engine or finding replacement gauges that look period correct.

Thanks in advance,
Victoria
Welcome to Bronco Nation! I think it is great that you want to keep a family tradition alive and well.
I'm going to move your thread into the proper area. You'll have a better chance of getting your questions answered.
 

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So, 89 was a complicated year. There are some great options from the era (lots of period examples with 5.0l mustang power trains). You will need to either use one of the aftermarket EFI and Exhaust options or adapt a harness and sensors from a similar year Mustang to get the right MAF or equivalent intake sensor and electronics. There are probably current day options to make the swaps easier. It’s a great candidate for some high power and reliable swaps. You didn’t mention transmission preference, but some good options, auto or manual, depending on your budget.
 
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Hi,

I don't know a lot about mechanics but I have an 5.0L '89 Eddie Bauer Bronco that's been in the family for 3 generations now and means the world to me. I need to replace my engine because it recently blew after constantly burning/leaking both oil and coolant. I'm looking to replace it with a crate motor or a budget friendly improvement in the ford family and am wondering about what my options are, tips you might have, any good engine repair shops in the San Diego or Las Vegas area, and any other info you can give me. I'm a purist, so I'd like to keep it looking as original as possible...for example things like preserving the gauges and making them compatible with the replacement engine or finding replacement gauges that look period correct.

Thanks in advance,
Victoria
You should reach out to Count’s Kustoms in Vegas…
 
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vhoven

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Well, there was no budget limitation mentioned...
Ah yes I heard purists loveeee that place lol.

As for budget, I’m a college student…my grandma will be helping me out to get it started but I want to pay her back for it all so I’m trying to spend as little as possible while still making run reliably and sound good and all
 

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Hi,

I don't know a lot about mechanics but I have an 5.0L '89 Eddie Bauer Bronco that's been in the family for 3 generations now and means the world to me. I need to replace my engine because it recently blew after constantly burning/leaking both oil and coolant. I'm looking to replace it with a crate motor or a budget friendly improvement in the ford family and am wondering about what my options are, tips you might have, any good engine repair shops in the San Diego or Las Vegas area, and any other info you can give me. I'm a purist, so I'd like to keep it looking as original as possible...for example things like preserving the gauges and making them compatible with the replacement engine or finding replacement gauges that look period correct.

Thanks in advance,
Victoria
You could consider going 351. In many cases the engines are identical and you could get that additional 50 cubes for torque and The Rah, Rah, Rah!
 
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