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Old 02-24-2003, 22:41   #1 (permalink)
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XC 3.3L - Good Mods?



OK guys/gals I'm trawling for suggestions here..

I've got a 77 XC sedan.. with orig 3.3l and 3 on tree manual

what can i do, aside from the 'norm' of putting in a V8 (im after something different), to warm up the beast?

im interested in eventually, when finance permits, either s/c or turbo.. leaning towards s/c

comments? ideas? lay em down below :D

also how hard is it to convert 3spd column to 5spd floor, and rough costs

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This is almost the same as my car - except i've got a 4.1
Apparantly there's heaps you can do to these engines.

Exhaust and extractors can be a good start.

These models also came with a 4 speed floor shift (top loader or single rail) and i believe the xd ones are able to be used. I think they are pretty cheap and easy to find. But i'm sure there was no 5 speed, unless you're talking about putting a different model in.

If you're looking for forced induction, i have seen an xf x-flow with a turbo and it's really nice. That's a 250 though.

I think you can turn the 3.3 into a 4.1. I think that it's the stroke and compression that's different. Not too sure about that though.

This site has some good ideas usually http://fordsix.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=3
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cool as

i thought that maybe a later 5spd could be mated up... id prefer a 5 over a 4 :)
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Um, the first thing I would do is loose that little engine. Not enough torque to shift that big heavy body. My suggestion would be to go the V8 route. Just my 2 cents.
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yeah i know the V8.. but aside from that... everyone does that.. not saying its bad... i just wanna do somethin different
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different = $$$$$

get rid of the 3.3 .. the 4.1 is barely cabale of propelling it along let alone that. If you want to retain the 6 cyl get a XF 4.1 .. by then they had a very sweet 6 pack. Do some mods to that and that will do OK.

Really, if you want to cruise stick with the 6 .. if you want to go fast easily and cheap(er) go the V8
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If you want effortless power go a V8, but if your on a budget just put a recon or worked 4.1 in it an a BW Singlerail & factory consol. If the cars in good condition & you think its worth spending the money, do it. If not just but another XC with V8.
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the car is in good original condition, albeit replaced lhs front guard and bonnet from when a tree fell on it.. and it's not going to be for huge speed, just a nice smooth cruise, with some poke when needed.. and it seems to move ok standard to me.. even with the three speed... good ideas thou :)
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If you want to be different and have a play, get a OHC donk from an EA or newer, grabbing the trans would be a good idea too.

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If you want to be different and have a play, get a OHC donk from an EA or newer, grabbing the trans would be a good idea too.

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