Originally Posted by 78FordF150
I'm up to page 22. Lots of info there. Thanks for the info on the heads.
I'm guessing a 00-01 would be a good year to look for.
What all should I get from the salvage yard.?
Is the bell housing bolt patern the same as a old school 350?
You should get the complete engine along with the wire harness/PCM (computer) and I'd try and get the O2's as well if you can, even if they're bad you can use the P/N's to order replacements as there are several different ones used depending on what vehicle the harness is out of. I grabbed the fuse block when I pulled my setup even though I'm not running it as it has labels that help with knowing what wires go where.
If you get the drive-by-wire you'd need the TAC module along with the throttle pedal assembly, you don't have to worry about any of that with drive-by-cable.
The bell-housing pattern is slightly different, 1 boss is in a different location, but many people have bolted up transmissions from behind SBC without having any issues.
If you're not into messing with the wiring yourself, there are many different companies that offer new harnesses, and several that will re-work your stock harness to stand-alone with only a few wires to hook up. New harnesses can be very expensive, re-working your harness is usually only $2-300. Either way the computer will need to be reprogrammed which ranges from $75-200 depending on who you go to.