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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-19-2003, 05:40 AM
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3.8L Ford engine swap ??

I did a search on 3.8L Ford engine swaps an only found 4.3 chev and 1.6 ,2.8L stuff.
Has any body put a 3.8L Ford V6 in to a Samurai with a short
tailshaft C4 transmission.
I can get a 2.8L Ford engine or a 3.8L engine from a friend that has both.
I have all the stuff to install the 3.8L , belts pulleys ,bell housing , raidator ,trans just need to make mounts.
But to install the 2.8L Ford engine I need bell housing to fit the 2.8L to bolt to the C4 ,converter,flexplate may be flywheel ,all belt pulleys ,altinator,starter brakits ,.,.,.so on, and can buy the mounts from Wildwest offroad.
Is the 3.8L to hevey and to strong for the drive train.
Planing on installing Spidertracks front and rearends next year?

Please reply can not make up my mind.
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Re: 3.8L Ford engine swap ??

i have seen 2.9 ford V-6's done but not the 3.8LThe only way i can see going with a 3.8L over a 4.0 is if its from a SC T-bird or if you have it already. Currently i am working on putting a 2.3L in ine without having to move the T-case back at all.

what application did the C4 come out of? how long is it from front edge of the bellhousing to the end of the tailshaft. that is going to be your biggest limiting factor.

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Re: 3.8L Ford engine swap ??

<font color="green">If doing any v6 swap, I would swap out the axles. Get some yota or dana 44's, the stock axles might beable to handle it for street stuff, but when taken off road, you'll be busting stuff left and right! Just my .02!
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Re: 3.8L Ford engine swap ??

Or, you can do what Ranger Rick does with his V6, and stock sami axels.
Just idle over everything!!! I've rarely seen him use, or even need the skinny pedal for that matter!
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Re: 3.8L Ford engine swap ??

I agree purevil, it's all in how you drive. If you Baja up stuff well then yeah get some stronger axles, bu tif you finese it then you can probably wait it out....and even if you do bust them guess that means you'll get those axles sooner.

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Re: 3.8L Ford engine swap ??

From what I have always heard the buick turbo 3.8L is a great swap and it bolts up to turbo-trannies (200,350,400,700) was that the engine you were talking about? As far as axles, I am not to fond of rocks cause there is not many around here, but I have seen V6 zuks on stock axles rock in mud/hills and not bust..Rocks however, have always seemed to be waaay different!
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Re: 3.8L Ford engine swap ??

I have broke more parts on my samurai with the 1.6, than i have with my samurai with the 2.8. It is nice just being able to idle over things and if nessary give it gas and actually have the power there if you need it.
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Re: 3.8L Ford engine swap ??

just wanted to add some addional comments:

I wouldn't recommend putting a v6 in just because you happen to have one avalible and think you can save some money, it would be much cheaper and easier to put in a 1.6. That being said, the ford 2.8 is a really nice fit, no body lift, only major modification is you need to widen the trany tunnel. The 3.8 would be a much tighter fit, I am not sure how well it would fit between the frame, but i think it has been done.
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