Ford engine & tranny swap

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Old 11-10-06, 10:26 PM
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Question Ford engine & tranny swap

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I have a 1995 ford Taurus 3.8 6cyl . I was thinking about putting an engine and tranny from the new 2005 / 2006 Ford 500 3L 6cyl and 5 speed automatic in the Taurus.
My question is :
1) will it fit ?
2) What problems would I run into going this rout.
3) The Taurus has a history of head gasket problems , would the motor from the 500 be a better swap?
4) Any other engine that you think would be a better swap.
any info would be appreciated.
 
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Old 11-11-06, 03:59 AM
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Mounting points in the chassis could be quite different, not sure Taurus chassis is anything like the newer cars. In front wheel drive cars, the chasiss and engine go into the car as an assembly. But you need to get the computer and harness or it is unlikely it would even run.
 
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Old 11-11-06, 05:43 AM
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Save your money; "nightmare" wouldn't begin to describe it. The engine and/or trans in the Taurus are trashed? If it still runs, drive it until it dies. Not all of them blew head gaskets and trannies (an awful lot did, of course). At this point you may get many more miles out of it.
 
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Old 11-11-06, 10:02 AM
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Smile Thanks for the input ,Just Bill and The Tow Guy.

Thanks for the input ,Just Bill and The Tow Guy.
The trans. is still good but the head needs to be done.
one cylinder is spitting water.
I want to keep the car for some years to come I hope.
$1600 to get the heads redone by ford.
Do you think buying a rebuild motor is a better way to go ?
The cost may be more but it may last longer after its done.
 
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Old 11-12-06, 02:29 PM
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Find a good independent, Cajun. You can get the head gaskets replaced for quite a bit less than $1600. I wouldn't be surprised if you could save $500 and most garages have done so many of those they can do it with their eyes closed. And I would opt for the head gasket replacement, it'll be a lot cheaper. Hold your breathe that the tranny stands up; that's why I would do heads and not replace the engine. You could spend all the extra money and have an engine that'll be warranteed for 36,000 miles, but it won't matter much if that tranny goes and needs $1500 to rebuild.
 
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