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Old 07-07-2011, 21:46   #1 (permalink)
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3.8 Liter V6 engine in a 1997 Ford F-150 is that even possible?

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I ordered an 4.2L v6 engine for my 1997 F-150 from a scam company (didn't know it is a scam). I received a 3.8L V6 engine from a 2002 Mustang. The engine looks very good and very clean, but I had a big fight with them over this because i don't believe that this will fit in my truck plus it's not what I ordered. I am still fighting with them and they won't return the engine because they said that the engine will fit if I take some parts from my old engine and put in the new one like the intake manifold, wiring harness ...etc.

I was wondering if that is true or if any of you guys has done this before or heard that someone did something like this and it was successful. I pulled Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market and the only engines they seem to fit my truck are either from a truck or a van 97 or 98 nothing else.

Please help me finding out about this. Any thing will help. The company name is Nationwide and they have lots of websites, one of them is searchparts.com NEVER BUY ANY THING FROM THEM. They will rip you off.

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Old 07-08-2011, 05:32   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 3.8 Liter V6 engine in a 1997 Ford F-150 is that even possible?

Wow!! First how did you buy a Engine with out looking at it first? Did you pay for this buy Credit Card? call them and stop payment...take legal action...Smear their name all over the Internet...I guess the old adage is true ... "Buyer Beware" ... What the Hell did you Pay for? a 4.2L or 3.8L ??

Man I would have an Attorney look into this one.
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The company name is Nationwide and they have lots of websites, one of them is searchparts.com NEVER BUY ANY THING FROM THEM. They will rip you off.

Man this company is all over net like a "Bad Rash" Im going to post a Warning
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Re: 3.8 Liter V6 engine in a 1997 Ford F-150 is that even possible?

Yes I know. They claim that they have those engines in stock. what they do is that they will call a junk yard if you call them for an engine, then they find it for you. They ask the junk yard to deliver the engine to your house, then they double the price they paid to the junk yard.

I paid with a credit card. I filed a dispute with my bank to stop the payment. It's too late, but the investigations are taking place by the bank. My bank promised to return the money within after 30 days if the problem is not resolved by the company.

I have posted a rip off report on the internet and I am going to do that all over the internet.

Here is the link and it has the whole story. Businesses like these should not be allowed to do business to begin with.

http://www.ripoffreport.com/auto-par...e-pa-ed5b7.htm

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Fight that schitt.
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Fight that schitt.

That's like ordering a Viper V10 replacement engine, and getting a GM 5.7L because they're a dime a dozen only realizing I paid nearly 5 figures for the engine I was after. I'd make certain that this company will be wiping my rear for quite some time. Credit card firms are fairly good as well and believe in good business practices.
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Fight that schitt.

That's like ordering a Viper V10 replacement engine, and getting a GM 5.7L because they're a dime a dozen only realizing I paid nearly 5 figures for the engine I was after. I'd make certain that this company will be wiping my rear for quite some time. Credit card firms are fairly good as well and believe in good business practices.
I am doing that bro. This crap aint gonna work with me!
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Technically you CAN put a Mustang 3.8 into a 4.2 truck. Used car dealers figured this out some time ago. Junkyards have plenty of wrecked Mustangs with good engines but good used truck engines tend to be harder to find no matter what the make.
the trick to the swap is that you have to change about everything. Oil pan, intake, exhaust, all of it. But you HAVE to use a "Mustang" flywheel/flexplate or there will be vibration issues.
In any case you'd have to go with a '97 or 98 Mustang engine, no others will work. An '02 Mustang engine won't even swap into a '97 Mustang, much less a truck. So they definitely sold you the wrong thing.
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Technically you CAN put a Mustang 3.8 into a 4.2 truck. Used car dealers figured this out some time ago. Junkyards have plenty of wrecked Mustangs with good engines but good used truck engines tend to be harder to find no matter what the make.
the trick to the swap is that you have to change about everything. Oil pan, intake, exhaust, all of it. But you HAVE to use a "Mustang" flywheel/flexplate or there will be vibration issues.
In any case you'd have to go with a '97 or 98 Mustang engine, no others will work. An '02 Mustang engine won't even swap into a '97 Mustang, much less a truck. So they definitely sold you the wrong thing.
Thank you so much!

I actually asked one guy that has a junk yard here in VA. "Johnson Mustang" is the business name. He said exactly what you said, but he didn't point out the year issue. Now I remember that a 99 3.8 V6 from a Mustang won't fit in a 98 Mustang. I did engine swap on my 1998 Mustang back in 2009 when I had it.

These jerks are going to pick up their engine in few days , and they will refund the money.

I appreciate your help.
y'all Have a good weekend!
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