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LS drivetrain in a 1990 F-150... seriously, no BS. Advice?

Old 03-05-2018, 01:06 PM
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I picked a really nice Texas F-150 for less than 40K miles. Super cab, two wheel dive, 5.0 and auto tranny. I love the truck. Good 'ol grandpa burgundy interior and burgundy on cream two tone paint. The performance is lacking to say the least.

I recently acquired a refreshed 2006 1/2 LQ4 engine, built with an LS6 cam and yellow springs, fresh HD rebuilt 4r60 tranny, complete harness w/ fly by wire pedal assembly, 5.0 engine mounts and conversion yoke. The drive train came out of a late 1990s Mustang conversion. It already has shorty headers with bungs and O2 sensors in place as well. I originally planned to swap the drivetrain into am '85 C1-, but the 383 Stroker already in it is nearly sorted out...... which had me thinking...... a sleeper 1990 F-150 would be interesting.

The mechanic whom I received the drivetrain from feels the swap will be relatively straight forward, and that it will be a fun project (he is going to help me do it when an open week-end presents itself).

Here is my goal…. I want to install the engine and transmission, while keeping the factory gauges. Is keeping the factory gauges a tangible goal? If so, can anyone point me toward some references for tackling the project?
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All I can say it I think it would be epic! The ultimate sleeper! Go for it!
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Does anyone have tangible experience with such a swap?

I am curious home the stock column steering linkage will work the 4r60e.
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Apparently not. O.K. I'll figure it out.
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As far as the gauges are concerned, all you'd need to do is install the Ford oil pressure and water temp. senders in the GM block. I don't see that being any real issue.
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Thanks for sharing. Do you guys have any suggestions for led fog lights, backup light, turn signal light, led light bars etc. to test for free? I can write a review for that.
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