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Old 07-03-2009, 17:38   #1 (permalink)
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Power potential for 3.8 V6

Hi there, I'm part way through a project car build, that uses the NA 3.8 V6 from a 1990 Thunderbird LX. I had considered getting rid of it, in favour of a newer version of the same engine (late 90's Mustang, Windstar, etc.)

However, since I have the harness, computer, etc. from this one already, I'm now thinking of sticking with the engine I've got. As a part of my build, I'm going to have to do headers and intake anyway, then possibly an underdrive pulley, and computer mods.

SO, a couple of questions then come up. If I were to keep the existing harness, chances are that I would have some of the connections I need, but would have to get additional ones for a newer engine, plus either get the newer computer, or go with something like a Megasquirt standalone computer.

Any ideas on what kind of improvements I could see by mods to this engine? Would the newer split port heads, and intake be transplantable onto the original block? I may be getting into more dollars than it's worth, just to get to the numbers of the newer engine, but it's a thought.

At this point, I'd rather not go forced induction.

Thanks,
Stephen
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