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    Well most of my car projects are finished up...and my brain has started thinking...my brother and me love the Thunderbird SCs. My dad had like 4 of them and we would buy them and sell them all thr time. They're such fun cars! Im not sure if SVT part of ford was around when the SCs were made (I'm pretty sure it wasn't) buy they should have called them Thunderbird SVTs. Now an even cooler car than the tbird (we call them thunder chickens) is the XR7 cougar SC. They only made this in '89. They were all 5 speeds (I think). There's a quite a few of the TSCs around and they're not too expensive. So...

    The contour SVT was designed to compete with BMW M3, a rear wheel drive sports car. Now I LOVE my SVT however a "REAL" car (IMHO) should be RWD. So in order to build a true BMW M3 competitor I want to build a CONTOUR SC SVT


    Any thoughts?

    I do realize the work that's involved and calculating measuring welding cutting grinding remeasuring etc etc etc. I also have seen the contour RWD build that has suddenly fallen off the map. But 3.8 supercharged motor with forged rods (stock From ford) and crank would just totally trump any other contour build... LET ME KNOW IF YOU THINK IM CRAZY

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    awesome idea and i would pay to see this setup. i believe a guy that goes by the name of pole120 or something like that is in the process of converting one of his svtc's to rwd so you may wanna
    get up with him and see just how much work and what type of clearances their would be. he would be a good start.
    hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formulad3 View Post
    awesome idea and i would pay to see this setup. i believe a guy that goes by the name of pole120 or something like that is in the process of converting one of his svtc's to rwd so you may wanna
    get up with him and see just how much work and what type of clearances their would be. he would be a good start.
    hope this helps.
    Yea I saw his RWD conversion however it seems he stopped that project. My question would be if the 3.8 would fit in the engine bay at all. I enjoy talking about cool car projects this one however would be WAAAY down the road.

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    I Think the plumbing for the Super charger and itercooler would be the most difficult part about this swap (except for changing the entire car to RWD)

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    The 3.8L V6 as I recall, was a poor breathing, heavy, piece of push-rod rubbish. Pulling its M90 blower is a good idea though. I ran that blower on my Probe years ago - then opted for the M62 as a better fit. A custom IM to fit the blower between the valve covers would be good, but I don't know if it'll make hood clearance. An M62 is compact, and on my Probe I simply replaced the AC compressor with it, and all is well -- It seems as if we'd have room for that with the Duratech as well. The Superchicken blower might work as well, though a shortened snout should be necessary. Then again.. I think that this is the wrong forum section to go on about forced induction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kresnik View Post
    The 3.8L V6 as I recall, was a poor breathing, heavy, piece of push-rod rubbish. Pulling its M90 blower is a good idea though. I ran that blower on my Probe years ago - then opted for the M62 as a better fit. A custom IM to fit the blower between the valve covers would be good, but I don't know if it'll make hood clearance. An M62 is compact, and on my Probe I simply replaced the AC compressor with it, and all is well -- It seems as if we'd have room for that with the Duratech as well. The Superchicken blower might work as well, though a shortened snout should be necessary. Then again.. I think that this is the wrong forum section to go on about forced induction.
    Funny thing is I actually have a supercharger from an SC in my garage... now you got me thinking

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    Anything is possible with enough time and money. Make it happen.

    Although my $0.02... if I was going to go through that much effort I would pick a different powertrain. Something that could make a ton of power for cheap. Late model Mustang GT powertrains are a dime a dozen now a days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CSVT#49 View Post
    Anything is possible with enough time and money. Make it happen.

    Although my $0.02... if I was going to go through that much effort I would pick a different powertrain. Something that could make a ton of power for cheap. Late model Mustang GT powertrains are a dime a dozen now a days.
    Would a 4.6 V8 RWD setup fit in the engine bay of a contour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSVT#49 View Post
    Anything is possible with enough time and money. Make it happen.

    Although my $0.02... if I was going to go through that much effort I would pick a different powertrain. Something that could make a ton of power for cheap. Late model Mustang GT powertrains are a dime a dozen now a days.
    sorry i never saw this post until now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quicksight View Post
    Would a 4.6 V8 RWD setup fit in the engine bay of a contour?
    They've been stuffed in a Focus engine bay before, so I'm sure they could fit in a Contour bay with enough fabrication.
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