Building a (model) K-code Mustang V-8 on the dining room table – Mike Austin @Hemmings

Building a (model) K-code Mustang V-8 on the dining room table – Mike Austin @Hemmings

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Building a (model) K-code Mustang V-8

Building an engine is the pinnacle of automotive wrenching. Nothing else is so essential to the soul of a car. It’s a straightforward, yet intricate, puzzle. Putting an engine together correctly is more satisfying than solving the biggest jigsaw or completing most intricate Lego kit. So, what if an engine build was reduced to a low-stakes, toy puzzle-like experience? That’s the proposition of the 1:3 scale Franzis Ford Mustang 289 K-code V-8 kit. It’s still pretty fun if, like me, you really, really like putting stuff together.

Full disclosure: Franzis sent us a free kit to build ourselves. If you want one, it’s available for $185.95 at Amazon and Makerhaus. Franzis also makes a couple of Porsche Boxer kits and a BMW R90 motorcycle engine kit, among others, if that’s more your style. There are also cheaper model kits out there. The Franzis engine is not just any V-8, mind you, but the hi-po K-code 289. The kit is officially licensed by Ford and comes with an extensive, 60-page history of the Mustang in the front half of the instruction manual. The completed engine turns via a battery-powered motor inside the alternator housing, accompanied by engine noises, with lights at the end of each spark plug that flick on for each firing cycle.

So how did it go? Read on for our full build thread. My total time was around two and a half to three hours.

Building a (model) K-code Mustang V-8

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