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 Post subject: Pros v Cons V8 conversion XK - XP
Posted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:43 pm 
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Looking to buy a project car for my 13yo son and I can resto either XK XL XM XP wagon, and convert to V8 302 C4 most likely? Hoping to learn a lot as we go.
Can someone help with the break down on what is better as a starting base model to fit the 302w in XK-XP? Are they pretty much good to go with out making extra room in floor arch and so on?
Is the Castlemaine RodShop IFS front end a good solid addition V's a XR front end or similar? (I've read mixed reviews on Castlemaine rod shop IFS, one post saying they are to weak for a high HP motor? This could just be a competitor bagging a quality product?)
I have yet to purchase a car but have found an XK that looks like a winner, just don't want to run into massive dead ends with XK when I could've gone XP and had minimal problems.
Thanks in advance for taking the time to respond :wink:

Ps if anyone has a XK-XP wagon they are selling get in touch.
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 Post subject: Re: Pros v Cons V8 conversion XK - XP
Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:48 pm 
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XP has the stronger front end components straight off the bat but I don't see that as reason not to use the earlier models. Plus I actually prefer the look of XK-M.
You could fit all the stronger XP type components and five stud hubs to the earlier model anyway.
Can't comment on the CRS stuff.
I'd use this stuff anyway and I am on my '69 Cougar.....
http://www.totalcontrolproducts.com/fcoc-fd.html
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 Post subject: Re: Pros v Cons V8 conversion XK - XP
Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:54 pm 
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If you want to use tall deck or bigblock engines you can go this way too....
http://www.totalcontrolproducts.com/frontclip.html
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