I soon got on the phone with Ford Racing Performance Products sales, research, and planning guru Jesse Kershaw to discuss my wants and needs for the project. After an educational chat, he said they were going to start offering the critically acclaimed '05-07 4.6L three-valve SOHC V-8 as a crate motor. The only thing was that nobody had transplanted one into a non-production vehicle yet, and even Ford was unsure of how to make it run on its own. Now, Ford Racing has sold plenty of the '04-and-earlier SOHC and DOHC engines with great success, and you can even order up the same 5.4L DOHC supercharged powerhouse that comes in the Ford GT supercar if you have the bread; however, the new three-valve V-8s are a whole new animal when it comes to the wiring, computer, and EFI side of the equation. Despite this hurdle, Jesse said Ford Racing was looking for the perfect excuse to figure out exactly what they need to make to offer a universal "street rod" style wiring harness for the '05-07 Mustang GT-based engines, and who was I to say no-it sounded like the perfect motor for the '68. While the motor in bone stock form puts out a modest 300 horses and 320 lb-ft of torque, there are plenty of things that can be done to gain enough grunt under the pedal to have fun and maintain its driveability, reliability, and economy, which is everything I was looking for.
During the next six months there will be some degree of trial and error, so we'll start here with the physical aspects of mounting the engine in the truck. By the time the F-100 is running, the Ford Racing tech department will have everything figured out and ready to go in the catalog so you can order your own. Call Ford Racing today and discuss your needs with them, and be sure to check back here each month for the latest progress!