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Old 08-25-2009, 02:43 PM   #1
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Default '97 V6 drop-in Engine replacement

I just bought a '97, 3.8, Auto. For my son got it for $500 because the Engine is bad. I have no desire to make it a high performance car for my son, just a dependable one. I have 2 options rebuild or replace the engine. I am told it has rod issues, no clue if it has caused more internal damage.
My question is which Ford 3.8 V6 engines would be a drop-in solution? I can pull one from pick-n-pull. However its rare to see a Mustang. What other Cars years/model have the same engine? I expect I will need to use my current wiring/accessories/intake/exhaust/etc.
Just need to know what cars to look for with the same engine.

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Old 08-25-2009, 06:37 PM   #2
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You should be able to find a motor in a Thunderbird or a cougar, they are pretty easy to find. You should look for a motor that is late 96-98, with low mileage, or just buy a short block, or long block if you don't want to fool with the heads. GL
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Old 08-26-2009, 02:18 PM   #3
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You should be able to find a motor in a Thunderbird or a cougar, they are pretty easy to find. You should look for a motor that is late 96-98, with low mileage, or just buy a short block, or long block if you don't want to fool with the heads. GL
Thanks for the info. Know I know what to look for.
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Old 08-26-2009, 05:47 PM   #4
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The single port 3.8L V6 is what you're going to be looking for. Should find one for under $500 complete.
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