Hello everyone. I'm looking to get my first Mustang. I found a used 2000 GT about an hour's drive away that looks good, but the picture of the engine doesn't seem to match the stock engines I found online (for example, the alternator has been moved to the right). I'm not terribly knowledge on engine mechanics (yet), so am looking for your help.
I have 2 questions:
1. Can you tell from the picture what modifications have been done?
2. Would you be concerned about buying this vehicle and why?
Well.........That's certainly not the motor that comes stock in a 2000 model year Mustang GT.
That motor looks like an over head valve (OHV) 5.0 that would have been inside a 1995 or older Mustang.
The 1999-2000 model year Mustang GT should have come with a 4.6 SOHC Windsor iron block.
Are you positive that the body model year is 2000 GT?
While there are many people that might disagree, my concerns:
on going maintenance as this car is at best, non standard
compliance with local emission laws. If where you live has an ODB2 emission compliance laws, this car would never pass.
Resale value. While it's true that some people might consider the car worth MORE with the swapped motor. Regardless, the population of people that would be interested in such a motor swap project is more limited than a pure stock example.