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Old 11-22-2007
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Originally Posted by 04 EDGE
the camshaft is different, the crankshaft is different, the head gaskets are different, the exhaust and intake manifolds are different, the flex plate is different, the front cover may be diffferent, the crankshaft ballancer is different. shall i go on?

You probably could go on, but that doesn't make you right.
As stated, the block and heads are identical, you can not use the Hollands Interchange manual on this one, Hollanders lists them as different, they are not. I have Taurus ported and polished heads on my Ranger, bolt-in, perfect fit.

Crank is identical. Rods, identical. Pistons, identical. Piston pins, identical. Camshaft is different specs, but interchangeable.
As stated: Lower intake, timing cover, accessories, exhaust manifolds and oil pan wil not work.

Upper intakes and throttle bodies are swappable, but require some mods to make them work.

I have not tried the Flywheel/Flexplate, but I would think they are similar.

I know at least two people from another forum that have swapped the entire long block using the oil pan, lower intake, timing cover, exhaust manifolds and accessories from their Ranger. No problems or issues, but I don't know whether or not they have had issues with the head gaskets later down the road. I know the head gasket shapes are IDENTICAL with the exception of the main coolant passages: Ranger is in the rear, Taurus is in the front and rear. How do I know this to be true? I designed and had manufactured, the copper replacement gaskets. So, again, where is your proof?

I'm sure you are confused by the other 3 V-6's used in the Taurus/Sable/Tempo/Topaz/Probe: the 3.0L SHO (SAME block as the Vulcan, Yamaha designed the SHO from the Vulcan, it will swap with the removal of the HVAC), the 3.0L Duratec and the 3.8L. The last two have issues, but can be used with a transmission swap and major work.

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