Engine Explorer Intake Swap Question

mikestang63

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Going to be swapping out the stock intake /tb for an Explorer upper/lower and polished BBK 70mm TB. EGR plate with EGR I picked up for $150 with IAC, TPS, injectors, rails, stock FPR , all bolts., polished cover plate, and thermostat housing. Pretty good deal I think. The intake does have the EGR hole in both upper and lower.

The ACT fitting is not tapped in the #5 runner nor is the EGR return coolant line. Can't I simply lay the ACT sensor on top of the lower intake or evern just put it somewhere out of view rather than tapping the intake and further restricting airflow in #5. All it does is measure ambient temperature, right?

Also, the lower explorer intake has the hard coolant line coming from the front of the intake set up so one line is cut and blocked off and the other has what looks like the temp sending unit on the other line. I do plan on keeping the EGR in place but don't see an issue with just capping off the egr coolant tubes on the EGR spacer plate. That way I don't have to drill and tap the lower for the EGR return.

The TB does not have the hard tube for the crankcase hose that comes from the passenger valve cover. It has a screw in plug. Is this an issue and should I remove the tube off my stock TB and replace the plug if possible.

The only thing I will still need to do is swap out the stock MAF for a 95 one, as that will be a bottleneck.

Along with the intake install, I am also putting on a set of ford ceramic shorty headers and h pipe, and a BBK fenderwell CAI to replace the K&N cone filter mounted on the MAF in the engine compartment. Haven't decided if I am keeping the smog pump and hoses yet.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Spent the weekend polishing everything up as well as a set of stocker valve covers. I'll post some pics when done.
 
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Explorer intake swap.

I got mine off a 96 Mountaineer with the 19# injectors and 65 MM throttle body for $250.

The ACT (Air Charge Temp) sensor will probably need to be moved. The GT 40 lower manifold isn't drilled & tapped for it to go into the intake like the stock manifold was. There is a boss cast into the GT 40, but a machine shop will have to drill & tap the new manifold. The best spot for the ACT is the air box if you don't do the drill and tap thing. You get to cut and splice the 2 ACT wires in order to make them long enough to reach the air box. Solder the wire extensions on the existing wires & use heat shrink tubing to cover the splices. Offset the place where you cut the wires so that you don't have a big bulge when you put heat shrink over the 2 wires to cover & protect them. The air box gets a hole (5/8" or so) for the ACT drilled about 1 1/4" down & 1/1/4" in on the front top side near the upper radiator hose. A brass fitting nut from Home Depot or Ace Hardware secures the ACT into the air box.

If you are very clever, you will find that the ACT connector comes apart so that you can remove the pins. A very small screwdriver releases the lock in the front of the center insert, while another small screwdriver inserted in the back pushes it out. Once the center insert is out of the connector shell, the pins come out easily. New pins are available from AutoZone in a $5 electrical pin kit for Fords. Crimping the pins on the extender wires saves you from having to splice them twice: once to put the connector on and once to extend the wires.

6 ft black 18 gauge wire
6 ft green 18 gauge wire
6 ft 1/4" heat shrink tubing
1 ft 3/16" heat shrink tubing

Measure the 2 extender wires & cut them to length, crimp one set of pins on them. Then mate up the extender pins with the wiring harness & slide the 3/16" heat shrink tubing over them & shrink the tubing. Then slide the 1/4" heat shrink tubing over the pair of wires and shrink the tubing. When you are done you'll have about 1" of wire left without heat shrink tubing on it to strip & crimp the new pins on. Stick the new pins in the old connector shell, assemble it and you are done. It looks as good as factory. Some wire loom can be used to enhance the "Factory Look".

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Use the TPS and IAB from your old throttle body. All the EGR passages were there and fit OK. Use you old fuel rails and regulator. You will probably need a new EGR spacer adapter and gaskets. Without the EGR spacer, there is no place to mount the throttle linkage support bracket.

I used the stock water lines on the Explorer manifold and they connected up to the EGR without any problems. I made a “U” out of ½” copper pipe and sweat soldered it together. Then I used it and some hose with clamps to bypass the leaky heater.

The vacuum lines you need are 1 small line for fuel pressure regulator, 1 small line for A/C,1 small line for EGR and another small line for the smog pump. One big line at the back goes to the vacuum tree for the power brake & A/C, one big line goes to the PVC valve. The other big line goes out the front for the carbon canister. In a pinch, one of the small lines can connect to the spare port on the vacuum tree. Cap or plug the remaining lines since they aren't needed.

The stock Explorer linkage didn't come anywhere near fitting, so I made an adapter plate for the throttle linkage so I could use the 65 MM throttle body.

This is what I did:
Make a drawing of the position of the old throttle body linkage arm and its angular position relative to the centerline of the throttle body. Remove the ball stud off the explorer TB to make way for the adapter plate. Drill and tap a 10-32 hole in the linkage parallel to the TB shaft. Make an angle bracket out of 1" angle iron 3/8", drill a 3/16” hole in the center of each one of the legs. Then bolt it on where the hole was drilled & tapped. Then make a circular adapter plate out of 1/4" thick aluminum to bolt the two linkage arms together. Then bolt the aluminum plate to the existing linkage, and the angle bracket. Next mount the arm with the ball stud off the old throttle body on the adapter plate using the drawing to get the angle correct. You will need an aircraft type countersink for one of the bolts that secures the plate to the explorer linkage arm. It ends up being under the arm with the ball stud for the linkage. It works great and looks neat.

The Explorer TB could have been real simple if I had a gas welding torch or taken the TB to a welding shop. Just grind the mushroomed part of the TB shafts so that you can pry the linkage arms off. Then swap the stock arm onto the Explorer TB and braze it onto the shaft. It Takes about 3 minutes or less worth of work with the torch, so it shouldn't cost much.

I didn't have access to a welder, so I fabb'ed the plate in my shop. I took about 1.5 hours to do it, it was a measure, cut, and fit type of operation.

Also see http://www.veryuseful.com/mustang/tech/engine/ConvertingExplorer65mmTB.pdf for modifications to adapt the 65 MM Explorer TB to a Mustang

Vacuum line connections:
One large vacuum line from the upper front goes to the carbon canister

One large vacuum line from the rear goes to the vacuum tree.

One small line in the front feeds the Smog pump solenoid control valves on the rear of the passenger side wheel well..

One small line in the rear goes to the fuel pressure regulator.

One small line in the rear goes to the EGR suction regulator.

One large line in the rear goes to the PVC valve.

Diagram courtesy of Tmoss & Stang&2birds - Typical Vacuum Routing for a Fox stang 5.0:
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Diagram courtesy of Tmoss & Stang&2birds - Intake manifold bolt tightening sequence for a 5.0 Fox stang:


Intake manifold to head bolts
--Step 1 96 in/lbs
--Step 2 16ft/lbs
--Step 3 23-25 ft/lbs

See the following website for some help from Tmoss (diagram designer) & Stang&2Birds (website host) for help on 88-95 wiring http://www.veryuseful.com/mustang/tech/engine/

Here's some tips...

Tools: a good torque wrench is a must have item. A razor blade scraper that holds a single edge razor blade from Home Depot or Ace hardware is another handy thing. Get a Chilton or Haynes shop manual - you'll need it for the bolt torques and patterns. The intake manifold has an especially odd pattern. You'll need access to a timing light to set the timing after you re-stab the distributor. Look in the A/C repair section for the fuel line tools. They look like little plastic top hats. You will need the 1/2" & 5/8" ones. The hat shaped section goes on facing the large part of the coupling. Then you press hard on the brim until it forces the sleeve into the coupling and releases the spring. You may need someone to pull on the line while you press on the coupling. Put some motor oil on them when you put the line back together.

The A/C Compressor comes off with lines still connected. Mark all the electrical, smog and vacuum lines with tags to help you remember where to re-connect them. If you have a digital camera, take several pictures.

Whatever you do, don't skimp on cleaning the gasket surfaces. New gaskets need to seat against bare metal and not the residue left from the old gaskets in order to seal leak free. This is the most time consuming and tiresome part of the job. I suggest that you make good use of a shop vac while you are scraping and cleaning to avoid getting the old gasket material lost inside the engine. Look for little things that need to be replaced like the short hose from the thermostat hosing to the water pump, damaged vacuum lines and hose clamps that are rusted or broken.

Plan on cutting the thermostat to water pump hose, or removing the thermostat housing. Also plan on removing the distributor to get clearance to remove the intake manifold. Remove #1 spark plug, stick your finger in the spark plug hole and crank. When your finger gets air moving past it, stop cranking. Turn the engine until the timing marks line up with the pointer. Now you can pull the distributor out.

My favorite trick that saves time and effort is the stay in place gasket. Be sure that you scrape (don't use a wire brush) all the old gasket material off, then clean all the surfaces with acetone or MEK.

When the surfaces are clean, use weather strip adhesive on the head to manifold surface. Also use the weather strip adhesive on the side of the gasket that mates to the head. When you are done, the head surface and the gasket surface that mate together will have weather strip adhesive on them. Follow the instructions on the tube or can and when it gets tacky, press the gasket down on the head.

Clean the area where the rubber rails mount to the block in front and in the rear with more acetone or MEK and do the same trick with the weather strip adhesive that you did to the heads.

Coat the rubber seals and the gasket area around the water passages with lots of Blue Silicone gasket sealer and put it together. TADA! no leaks, and no gaskets that shifted out of place.

Fuel injector seal kits with 2 O rings and a pintle cap (Borg-Warner P/N 274081) are available at Pep Boys auto parts. Cost is about $3-$4 per kit. The following are listed at the Borg-Warner site ( http://www.borg-warner.com ) as being resellers of Borg-Warner parts:

http://www.partsplus.com/ or http://www.autovalue.com/ or http://www.pepboys.com/ or http://www.federatedautoparts.com/

Most of the links above have store locators for find a store in your area.

Use motor oil on the O rings when you re-assemble them & everything will slide into place. The gasoline will wash away any excess oil that gets in the wrong places and it will burn up in the combustion chamber. Heat the pintle caps in boiling water to soften them to make them easier to install.

Plan on doing an oil change within 2 hours of run time on the engine. This will get the debris and coolant out of the oil pan.

Consumable items:
Upper manifold gasket
Fel Pro 1250 or equal lower manifold gasket set.
Short formed hose between thermostat hosing and intake manifold
6 ft 7/64" or 1/8" vacuum hose
2 ft 1/2" heater hose
1 1/2 ft 5/8" heater hose
Blue Silicone sealer
ARP antiseize or equal for the bolts
4 each 3/4" hose clamps (spare item in case the old ones are bad)
4 each 1/2" hose clamps (spare item)

What can happen if you don’t use the stay in place gasket…

Ask Nicoleb3x3 about the intake gasket that slipped out of place and caused idle and vacuum leak problems that could not be seen or found by external examination. Spay everything with anything you have, and you won't find the leak...
 

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thanks for the response. My questions are though

1. Can't I just block off the hard line coolant tube from the lower intake and cap the two EGR fittings on the EGR spacer in between the TB and upper intake. All it does is circulate hot coolant through the EGR plate.

2. The ACT sensor reads ambient temperature. Rather than drilling and tapping the intake or the chrome BBK CAI, is there any harm in just securing it somewhere in between the upper/lower intake or engine compartment.
 

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Just tap the intake. It takes a minute.
The aluminum drills and taps like soft butter.
It's not like you are dealing with iron.

I suppose you could just let the sensor 'hang out', but why not do it right?

Even the EGR plate idea you are thinking about is doing it the lazy way.
You can totally remove the EGR plate and then either fab up a bracket to mount your throttle linkage, or buy the 1/4" thick plate that goes in place of the EGR plate that has tabs to mount your linkage. It will look so much better than just a bunch of backyard plugs and hanging sensors, and it is still dirt cheap.

As for the EGR passages, you can either tap the hole in the top of the lower, or the bottom of the upper, and install a pipe plug. If you don't want to tap, you can install a cup plug in either of those round holes (cup plug = freeze plug).
 

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thanks for the response. My questions are though

1. Can't I just block off the hard line coolant tube from the lower intake and cap the two EGR fittings on the EGR spacer in between the TB and upper intake. All it does is circulate hot coolant through the EGR plate.

2. The ACT sensor reads ambient temperature. Rather than drilling and tapping the intake or the chrome BBK CAI, is there any harm in just securing it somewhere in between the upper/lower intake or engine compartment.
Do it right or don't do it at all. I hear about far too much road kill engineering when a new owner buys a car and becomes a victim of the previous owner's efforts.

The ACT senses Air temp inside the air intake path. That is several degrees cooler than the hot air swirling around the engine. Therefore the ACT needs to be in the intake airflow to the engine to provide the correct information to the computer to manage the air/fuel ratio.

The throttle body coolant is there to prevent icing of the throttle body and throttle butterfly. During winter months when the air is damp, the temperature drop across the throttle body can reach 20-30 degrees F. Start with a 50 degree F outside air temp and a 20 degree F temp drop across the throttle butterfly, and you have the perfect condition for ice - 30 degrees F. That ice can build up and cause the engine to stall or run rough.
 

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Yeah, the water runs there to prevent icing.
If you live up north, you may want to keep it.
I lived in Minnesota for a while, and while I didn't daily drive my car cold weather, I did drive it some in winter, and I never had a problem with the water bypassed, but you might have different results, especially if you drive it alot in winter up north.

Down south here, it is a non-issue.
 
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