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Old 05-21-2013, 11:30 PM
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Tow vehicle getting a new heart

I decided to bight the bullet and give my beloved 1999 Expedition a heart transplant. I located a brand new, never installed or fired 2001 Ford 5.4L Supercharged Lightning crate engine to replace my standand 5.4L powerplant. The old engine was leaking at the head gaskets into the valley and on to the exhaust manifolds making a pleasant smell inside the cabin.

The new engine comes standard with 380hp, 430 ft-lb torque. The stock blower has already been sent off for porting and polishing and will also be underdriven to create 15 lbs of boost (stock is 8 lbs.). We are also puttinig a cold air intake, a special tune and equal-length headers, high flow cats and a new stainless performance exhaust. Lastly, the transmission and transfer case are getting beef up to take the added horsehpower and torque.

I should be done in a month and has already been in the shop from a month. Can't wait to get it back. I'll post pictures as the work progresses.
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:59 PM
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I decided to bight the bullet and give my beloved 1999 Expedition a heart transplant. I located a brand new, never installed or fired 2001 Ford 5.4L Supercharged crate engine to replace my standand 5.4L powerplant. The old engine was leaked at the head gaskets into the valley and on to the exhaust manifolds making a pleasure smell inside the cabin.

The new engine comes standard with 380hp, 430 ft-lb torque. The stock blower has already been sent off for porting and polishing and will also be underdriven to create 15 lbs of boost (stock is 8 lbs.). We are also puttinig a cold air intake, a special tune and equal-length headers, high flow cats and a new stainless performance exhaust. Lastly, the transmission and transfer case are getting beef up to take the added horsehpower and torque.

I should be done in a month and has already been in the shop from a month. Can't wait to get it back. I'll post pictures as the work progresses.
I really like the sound of this.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:10 AM
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Put in a larger fuel tank, that's a 6mpg proposition
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:08 AM
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curious as to why you went the engine replacement route instead of buying a new truck... ecoboosts almost match those specs and will have to provide alot better gas mileage.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:42 AM
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Who's doing the ECM work for you?
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:03 AM
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Who's doing the ECM work for you?
Brad's Custom Auto in North Seattle. They do great work.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:47 AM
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The mpgs will improve from the horse power alone. That's as long as you baby it. If you floor it everywhere then it won't be as good.

Sounds like you're making the right mods, good luck and hope to see pics and sound clips.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:49 AM
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You will have all your torque immediately with that roots blower. That's going to be fun! You should have ditched the stock eaton blower and gone with something along the lines of whipple or Kenne Bell with even more displacement.
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:05 AM
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You will have all your torque immediately with that roots blower. That's going to be fun! You should have ditched the stock eaton blower and gone with something along the lines of whipple or Kenne Bell with even more displacement.
Thought about the Whipple or Kenne Bell but would have had to build the bottom end as the rods are still the weak link - even in the SVT Lightning engines. Tha will be round 2.
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:18 AM
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For those that are asking and thinking why poor this amount of money into a 14 year old truck, here are reasons:

1) I'm the original owner of the truck, it's paid off and has been for 11 years, NO PAYMENTS.
2) I love the styling of my Expedition and I've already done a lot of things to it that my wife would never let me do to a new truck.
3) It's not my primary vehicle. I only put 2,000 miles on it a year. I'll be driving this one more after the upgrade.
4) After I'm done, I'll have a vehicle that no one else has.
5) What makes more sense: buying a new one for $50 - $60K less my trade of $5K and having payments or keeping my perfectly good truck and spending $12K on upgrades and have a 450hp, 5,500 lb Go Kart? That's a pretty easy choice for me.

I figured some people would disagree with my choice but the nice thing is It's My Choice and I can't wait to get it back.

I'll posting pics for those that are interested.
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