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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.
1990 samurai spoa
2.8 V6 and c4 auto