To get some buy-in on this project I decided to post the build. My mission is to convert a Lincoln LS into a V8 Manual with as many OEM parts as possible. Car: 2000 Lincoln LS8 premium with blown engine. Engine: 2000 Explorer 302 Trans: 2005 Mustang V6 T5 Status: Currently I have the hard parts (i.e., car, engine, and transmission.) I pulled the old engine and transmission out of the car. Recently, I also finished the rebuild on the 302 with new rings, bearings, aluminum heads, 1.7 rockers, ARP rod and head bolts, and other goodies. Hurdles: I am using the Factory PCM because of the Instrument Cluster. The timing is the biggest issue here. Fortunately, the 1999 to 2001 Explorer 302s used variable reluctance transducer crank and cam sensors, the same as the LS. This opened a lot of doors. I had to convert to a front sump oil pan. I am working out the dipstick issue now. The intake is square bore with aftermarket billet throttle body. I have to build my own idle bypass and connections. I have this planned out in my head. I went this route because I do not like the way fords Multipoint looks. The transmission in the 2005 Mustang V6 is actually a T5 with bolt-on DS flange, hydraulic clutch, and remote shifter. I had a LS6 manual about 8 years ago; and had to change out the transmission. I am familiar with the components and these look very similar. I also pulled the DS and the pedals out of the V6 Mustang. I am using motor mount plates from a 1990-93 Cougar 5.0 because they are designed for a pancake style mount. Unfortunately, I have only been able to acquire the driver’s side plate until now. I am desperately seeking out the passenger side plate so that I do not have to build it myself. The Explorer accessories use a similarly designed power steering pump as the LS. Also, the accessories are located on like sides with the LS. I will have to build AC, PS, and Fuel lines but that pretty easy work. The 2005 mustang V6 driveshaft will have to be lengthened and I have a 1999 Cobra IRS setup that I am pulling the posi out of for the 8". To sum it all up, there is a lot to list and I'm somewhere in the middle of the build. I will take some pictures in the next week or so just to show the parts and the car. I would like to get a following on this build to get more assistance when problems come up. Post the heck out of it.