In my previous posts I covered the parts that were required as well as some of the other parts that were a good idea to replace. In this post I am going to go over a full shopping list of all the parts in one place as well as give you a good idea of how much they will cost.
Let me first start out by saying, there is no one stop shop for all of the parts that you will need to get this job done. I did find that you can order all of your parts online and save a lot of money that way. This even includes free shipping (or site to store if you wish).
When purchasing items for your engine, you need to remember, this is an Explorer engine that you are buying things for. Although it is still a 5.0L HO engine, some of the parts are not the same as that of the Mustang engine.
I will point out items that I found that you need to be specific about buying for the explorer engine or mustang.
While making this list, I am assuming that you have already purchased your Explorer engine so I am not including it in the list.
First I will list the parts out with their price and where I purchased mine, and then I will go thru and give a brief description as to why I chose them. Note: Explorer Specific, Mustang Specific, Universal
1. Felpro Full Gasket Set - $73.99 - Part No. KS 2371 - Advance Auto Parts
2. Melling Oil pump - $21.99 - Part No. M-68 - Advance Auto Parts
3. Melling Oil Pump Drive Shaft - $5.99 - Part No. IS-68 - Advance Auto Parts
4. GMB Water Pump - $69.99 - Part No. 125-1920 - Advance Auto Parts
5. Sealed Power Timing Set - $27.99 - Part No. KT3-163SA1 - Advance Auto Parts
6. Dorman Harmonic Balancer - $58.99 - Part No. 594-024 - Advance Auto Parts
7. 8 Spark Plugs - $2.99 - Part No. AP104 - Advance Auto Parts
8. Thermostat - $6.99 - Part No. 45359 - Advance Auto Parts
9. Oil Filter - $4.99 - Part No. FL1A - Advance Auto Parts
10. 5 quarts of 10W 30 Motor Oil - Price Varies - Wal-mart
11. Permatex Black Silicone Adhesive - $6.29 - Part No. 8158 - Advance Auto Parts
12. Spark Plug Wire Set - $22.99 - Part No. 2998 - Advance Auto Parts
13. Oil Filter Bung - $7.99 - Part No. LRS-6890A - Late Model Restoration
14. Professional Products Intake Adapter - $64.99 - PP-54151 - Late Model Restoration
15. Trick Flow Valve Spring Kit - $149.99 - TFS-2500100 - Late Model Restoration
16. 4 gallons of Green Coolant - price varies - Wal-mart
17. Permatex Engine Assembly lube - $5.79 - 81950 - Advance Auto Parts
This list should give you every thing you need to take the engine apart and put it back together. I want to note that I did not remove the heads off of the engine when changing the springs. This would have required the purchase of new head bolts. Those are an extra $20 per side. An expense that is not needed and I will explain how to accomplish this in another post.
There are other things that you may need to purchase due to age of your engine and difficulty removing pieces. You may need to buy some hose clamps and/or hoses. Hose clamps go for $1-$2.
Some quick notes about the parts listed here.
On the gasket set, you want to make sure you have this for the Explorer or your upper intake gasket will not match. If you have to purchase a new one, it will run about $25 so getting it right is of the utmost importance.
On the Water Pump. Although the water pump for the Explorer will bolt up, it has a larger front drive. This means you will need to use the pulley off of the Explorer. This pulley is just slightly smaller. This means it will spin a bit faster than anticipated. The next reason to not use it is that the hoses that come out of the water pump are smaller than that of the mustang. This can cause problems when trying to tighten the hoses.
On the harmonic Balancer. The Explorer uses a crank position sensor to determine when to fire off the spark for the cylinder. The Mustang uses a typical distributor. You will see a vast difference when you remove it. You will know why you need the mustang one.
On the oil filter bung. The Explorer uses a 90 degree angle and a different style of oil filter. You need to modify this and use the FL-1A filter for the Mustang.
On the spark plugs. Make sure they are the Explorer spark plugs. This is because the head is different between the Mustang and Explorer and they will not screw in otherwise.
On the spark plug wires. Make sure they are for the Mustang. This is because the mustang uses a typical distributor where the Explorer uses a coil pack. This results in different ends for them.
Now that you have read all of this stuff, I want to let you know that you shouldn't pay full price for all these parts. You will want to read my next article, "Extreme Couponing For the Gear Head." It will save you a lot of money on this project as well as others that you may do.