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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-26-2001, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ford 3.8 swap

I've seen all the posts about the Buick 3.8 swap but what about the Ford 3.8 swap? Would it be pretty much the same? I want to get it with a 5 speed tranny. Any foreseeable problems? I'm thinking of buying the engine really soon.Help

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Re: Ford 3.8 swap

the ford 2.8/2.9/4.0 engines work pretty well. don't know about the 3.8 ford.

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Thanks!Anyone else got any info? Actually the engine and tranny are out of the T-bird SC. Yeah you guessed it a 3.8 supercharged engine and yes I am crazy!

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I still don't understand the motor swap thing

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I'm with Bill on this one. I'm plenty happy with my motor.


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Re: Ford 3.8 swap

I can explain MY motor swap thing. I would love to stick with the stock motor, but I can't afford to have my dyin' stocker rebuilt. However, a freshly rebuilt chevy v6 falls into my lap for FREE, complete with everything I need to get the job done; tranny, computer, all the electrical. Hmmmm, let me see, a little more highway power and a new engine for free, or nurse out my oil-bleeding stocker...? I think I'm up for a motor swap!

However, if someone was willing to pay me enough money for my V6 and tranny to afford a rebuilt sami motor, I'd go that route in a heartbeat. Any takers?

BUT, I do have a concern that the added weight of these blazer axles (the dana 44 must weigh at least three times that of a sami axle) that I'm puttin' under my rig may need a bit more power to push down the road/trail...


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Sure that's different. but for the price you could sell that motor to you can get a used ZUK motor or another ZUK.

Different axles? I don't under stand Dana's either?[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: Ford 3.8 swap

Same with me on engine swaps. I have the zuke with weak engine. And I have spare toyota race engines that are already modified, and only need detuned to use in the zuk.

For me its just using what ive already got.

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Re: Ford 3.8 swap

If money is a concern then you would be better off going with the 1.3 or 1.6. Even if you get a v6 for free, it would probably be cheaper to go with the 1.6.

i guess what i am trying to say, if you want a bigger motor, that is cool, but I woundn't do it just because you think it will save you money, because in the long run it won't.

I have a v6 in mine, and i am very happy with it, and it didn't cost me alot. but it did cost me alot more than i thought it would, and i could have put a 1.6 in it cheaper.

However i do not think the ford 3.8 would not be a good choice. I don't know of anyone that has done it, and it looks like you could have problems making it fit. If you had one laying around I would try it, but if you were going to buy one from the junkyard and hope to make it fit, you might be wasting your money. couple things to look at is the width of the motor(might have trouble getting the steering shaft beside it), and the overall length of the motor/trany(if you plan on using the stock tcase).

I would go with the chevy 3.8/4.3 or the ford 2.8/2.9/4.0 if you want a v6.


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WEIGHT WEIGHT WEIGHT

Anything larger than the 3.0 is going to weigh soooooo much. Imagine what the frame and front end will be thinking as it comes slamming down after a particularly big air catch. Ugh! I love the fact that I am getting over 3 times the HP and torque for only 100 more lbs at most. So does my stock frame and stock axles. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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