v6 to v8 swap by previous owner?

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    Just joined the forum and checked the vin resource and apparently 4K91L104899 is originally a v6 car. I have put a deposit down and am on my way to look at the car tomorrow to make sure everything is in order. I naively assumed it was a factory v8 car. Glad I checked ! What are the main things I need to look for and red flags that this car is more headache than its worth>? Can the v6 tranny handle the v8 power, etc..?
    Any input or experience is greatly appreciated..
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    Welcome to the forum....:Handshake:
    No such thing as a V6 in a Maverick, unless someone installed one. Original equipment is INLINE/STRAIGHT 6.
    Rust is probably one of the greatest cost fixing/restoring these old cars. If it has a lot of rust I suggest "keep lookin". Is the car manual or auto trans? C4 auto trans can handle stock to mild modified V8; if going big power need to upgrade trans internals.
     
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    Everett,
    Thanks for the response and the correction. The car is an auto and as far as rust I have pictures of the car at the New Members forum here> http://mmb.maverick.to/threads/joined-the-club.119286/
    Was told it only has rust on the roof from where the vinyl was.. Also, he's asking $4800 if that helps get an idea if I should "keep lookin"..
    Thanks again
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    The 250 transmission, auto or manual, is the same as the 302 transmissions. The stall of the torque converter might be different. I read that the 170/200 automatic has one less clutch in the pack and different size hub for the smaller thickness of the clutch pack
     
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    check the floor pan for rust. pour water in the cowl vent at the base of the windshield, then look for water dripping in the floor of the car.
    and last but not least...if your screenname...RustyBucket... is reference to the amount of rust you see...pass on this one...JMO
     
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    I really appreciate the response..

    Do you consider this a lot of rust ?
    http://mmb.maverick.to/threads/joined-the-club.119286/
     
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    No way to really tell on roof rust repair until you get into the repair. This is a bad place to have rust issues. Body, floor trunk easier to repair. Underbody seems to be mostly surface rust --- not real issue from what I see.
    Roof repair questionable --- My Opinion!
     
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    I agree with Everett on roof rust. There's no telling how bad it is until you remove the trim and get a better look. If it's bad enough that you have to remove the windshield and back window to repair it, that opens up a new can of worms. Replacement glass isn't cheap if you crack either one during removal. I'm not trying to scare you away from it. Anything can be fixed (for a price). You just need to be aware of the possible risk involved.
    You could always try to negotiate a lower price for the car based on that premise.
     
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    JMHO - if you are not prepared to fully strip that car down to a bare metal shell and repair the damage the right way, I would take that money and put it towards a better car. They are out there.
     
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    Cracked glass is not the major repair cost; I had a new tinted windshield installed for just under $400.00 a few years ago. Major rust repair under those trim pieces will be where the real money and effort will be. What does the car look like engine bay, shock towers battery tray ,etc? Are you able to do any of the repairs yourself? If you have much rust in those areas and not wanting/willing to dig deep into checkbook to have repaired -- I keep looking.
     
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    I had the same rust issues on my 74 Comet, which had vinyl roof too and you can be sure that "cancer" has gone into the gasket channel. This repair will be very costly, only really good way to fix, would be to get a donor car and remove/replace the upper roof/windshield/rear window area, by the time you factor in cost/repaint, you probably will be getting close to what you pay for the car and that is just for the roof area, who knows if there are rust issues elsewhere! I would take your time and look for another Mav/Comet in better condition as others have suggested. There have been a few Mav/Comets for sale on this forum recently for slightly more than what your seller was asking, much better condition, with all the rust issues taken care of, mostly all done up with bells/whistles for a fraction of what they put into. If you do a search in the "for sale" section, they may still be for sale, or at least you have a chance to see what is available/prices........good luck!
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    purchasing a Mav/Comet from a forum member may be better than one from eBay........JMO
     
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    also...$4800 is a top price for that car anyway. with everything fixed right you will be upside down quick.
    that is months of body repair there if even you can find someone that will do it...:yup:

    be sure to do the water test.
     
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    Stay away from that car... if the car was a vinyl top car and it has obvious signs of rust like what is seen then there will be more. I always err on the side of caution. That car is likely a lot of work and not worth the money. You can find better cars for similar money.
     
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    I agree. Many good points here, and we are only talking rust repair. There will be many needs in other areas....and when all the normal stuff is fixed, plus rust, you will be sad and still have big bumpers.
     
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