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Ford Focus SE w/ 383 Stroker

  1. #1
    Hewfil1 Houston
    Yeah, it's exactly as the title says. My buddy has a 2001 Ford Focus SE 4-door that through major modification, we plan to fit with a Chevrolet 350ci V8 stroked out to 383ci. It will feature roller rockers, ope headers, a 4bbl carb, forged flywheel, and etc. Now, this will be backed hopefully by a TH350 transmission or instead, a 5-speed manual fitted with a urst shifter. Only one problem being faced, I don't think we'll have room. Any input on it you guys, besides the fact it's going to be an insane amount of work?
  2. #2
    Sophie Pedophile Tech Support
    I know a lot of things about a lot of things, unfortunately cars aren't among them :(
  3. #3
    CountBlah Houston
    Yeah, it's exactly as the title says. My buddy has a 2001 Ford Focus SE 4-door that through major modification, we plan to fit with a Chevrolet 350ci V8 stroked out to 383ci. It will feature roller rockers, ope headers, a 4bbl carb, forged flywheel, and etc. Now, this will be backed hopefully by a TH350 transmission or instead, a 5-speed manual fitted with a urst shifter. Only one problem being faced, I don't think we'll have room. Any input on it you guys, besides the fact it's going to be an insane amount of work?


    It's actually more of money than work involved.

    http://www.kugelkomponents.com/focus/focusv8.php


    I had a focus and most of the shit to do the swap but lost interest. (AKA ran out of money)
  4. #4
    CountBlah Houston
    If you're planing to do it tho, go with a T5 out of an s10 for the trans.
  5. #5
    Hewfil1 Houston
    It's actually more of money than work involved.

    http://www.kugelkomponents.com/focus/focusv8.php


    I had a focus and most of the shit to do the swap but lost interest. (AKA ran out of money)

    Thanks for the link. If I decide to do a Ford model V8 it'll come in handy.
  6. #6
    CountBlah Houston
    Thanks for the link. If I decide to do a Ford model V8 it'll come in handy.


    I'd recomend using their rear subframe kit at minimum. Fabbing up a front subframe will be a chore. You're also going to have to get creative on a SBC with the distributor clearance on the firewall.
  7. #7
    Hewfil1 Houston
    I'd recomend using their rear subframe kit at minimum. Fabbing up a front subframe will be a chore. You're also going to have to get creative on a SBC with the distributor clearance on the firewall.

    So, if I wanted to use a Chevy motor, would I just have to fabricate mounts?
  8. #8
    CountBlah Houston
    So, if I wanted to use a Chevy motor, would I just have to fabricate mounts?


    Yeah cut off the ford mounts and mock everything up with the chevy ones. I imagine the slotted ones they make for v8 s10 swaps would work pretty good.
    You'd also end up relieveing the firewall for the distributor.

    Creating a whole subframe with proper geometry,etc from scratch is a shit ton of work. I've built a few tube frames over the years and it was a pain.

    I guess it kinda depends on what you plan to do with the car. I mean if it's just gonna be a drag vehicle you could tube the front and use a mustang 2 IFS setup.

    I'm a chevy guy through and through, but you could stroke a 351 and run a T5 and have something killer. I'd recommend a ford 9 inch outback or a gm 12bolt, but there's really no reason not to run the 9 inch due to easier gear changes.

    It just mainly hinges on purpose. If you were wanting to build something streetable and dependable hell I'd even consider a roots or centrifugel supercharger on a 302.

    There's lots of options out there. Just remember the golden rule of hot rodding, " Speed costs money, how fast you wanna go?"
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    bornkiller Yung Blood
    Done a few conversions but never really done a ford focus, although I have helped out with full chassis space framing. (due to rear tubs and BB torque twisting) All you end up with though is a gutted body, a lot of hours, a lot of coin and a lot of trial and errors. Can be done but CBs alternative below is a much better alternative and the hard parts done. It's also a shit load cheaper than starting from scratch.

    It's actually more of money than work involved.

    http://www.kugelkomponents.com/focus/focusv8.php


    I had a focus and most of the shit to do the swap but lost interest. (AKA ran out of money)

  10. #10
    mmQ Lisa Turtle
    I drive an 09 red/maroon Mitsubishi Lancer. Thank you.
  11. #11
    Hewfil1 Houston
    I drive an 09 red/maroon Mitsubishi Lancer. Thank you.


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