i have an87 t-bird that currently has 3.8 but i want to convert it to 302 i would like to stay with fuel injection but i dnt no if the computer will need to b reprogramed


Asked by Nov 26, 2011 at 06:15 AM about the 1987 Ford Thunderbird

Question type: Car Customization

7 Answers


Bolt it in!! It"s as if Ford originally anticipated this swap.I did it to my wifes 84,and it was a breeze! I even used the same transmission,and It"s still on the road,4 years after the swap..


Thank you I am building this car for my son by the time he can drive I hope it is done what year engine did you use

1 people found this helpful.

what or how did you bypass the fuel injection?????I know how,but explain to this man how you did it.

2 people found this helpful.

Ya how did u bypass the fuel injection


I used a 351 windsor,out of my old 1981 work truck..I went to pull-apart,and got the fuel tank,and fuel lines,out of a 1983 t-bird,that was originally equipped,with a 3.8 carbureted engine.As far as the computer,I simply took it,and the harness,out..I also used exhaust manifolds,from a v-8 fairmont..

1 people found this helpful.
Best Answer Mark helpful

It"s been TOO LONG, since the last time,I had a chance to post- as I left Oklkahoma, Went back Home, to Orangevale California,Married my child-hood sweet heart,and,am living happely ever after,LOL!!UP- Date, on my EX- Wife"s T- Bird...I dropped a 351 W, out of an 85-or 86 E150,and,, The pan cleared..I also,for the sake, of the original fuel-guage to work properly,,Used another 86 fuel tank ( My wifes T-bird,is, in fact, an 85- my bad),,and, used the return- line, as the new pick-up point...


I have built a couple of V-8 T-birds,since then, and, to keep the fuel injection, I used Mustang engines, complete with harness,and ECM"s..WAY easier.... SORRY- for being 2 YEARS LATE!

Your Answer:


Looking for a Used Thunderbird in your area?

CarGurus has 1,072 nationwide Thunderbird listings starting at $6,498.


Ford Thunderbird Experts

  • #1
    Larry Sturgis
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang
273 Great Deals out of 37,582 listings starting at $1,350
Used Chevrolet Corvette
81 Great Deals out of 15,015 listings starting at $3,620
Used Chevrolet Camaro
229 Great Deals out of 27,305 listings starting at $2,800
Used Ford F-150
2,230 Great Deals out of 209,288 listings starting at $1,300
Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
58 Great Deals out of 2,999 listings starting at $2,999
Used Pontiac Firebird
6 Great Deals out of 661 listings starting at $4,700
Used Jeep Wrangler
225 Great Deals out of 16,773 listings starting at $3,000
Used Dodge Charger
269 Great Deals out of 32,045 listings starting at $1,850

Used Cars For Sale

2005 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
92 listings starting at $7,500
2004 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
9 Great Deals out of 139 listings starting at $7,800
2003 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
160 listings starting at $7,950
2002 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 363 listings starting at $6,498

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.