Depends how many FBI'* were invoived. Fords Better Ideas for those of you not familiar with the term. Ford had a nice habit of putting bolts in that were longer than the alotted room in the engine bay.
Also..85 was a high plumbing year for Ford. (aka..tons of hoses and air pumps going all different directions.)
True, but for those willing to work on them, there'* tons of room in the engine bay. I had (well, still belongs in family when running) a '91 town car and had plenty of opportunity to work on it (if you get my drift). I can say that it was waaaayyyy easier to change a serpentine belt on that one.
Don't know that I would buy one that needed a new motor unless I was just looking for a big project, though....
I'm just looking for something to tinker with. My frirst car was supposed to be an 84 TC until the owner was driving it to get the oil changed and the frame cracked in half. This one is fairly clean and I was talking to my roommate about swapping in his 71 351 Cleveland motor from his Mach 1 mustang for the time being to have some fun. The car would be a fun project, and there are enough of them in the junkyards here to get parts off of. And a complete motor is only $125 at the local one, or I could go 5.0 from a conquest or mustang. Another fun one would be to swap a 350/th350 into it.
If it'* a 302, it should be an easy swap. After you get the engine accessories off (alt, p/*, fan and w/p) the timing cover is easy to get at. I'd re-time it and get the timing set first, then give it a shot. Worse comes to worse the motor is already shot, now you know for what? A 50 dollar timing set and a day'* saturday work. Not bad IMO.