Why would anyone want to do this swap? Simple..
Turbo'ed 2.3's have pushed beyond 300ponies and have a good torque curve. Theres MANY aftermarket parts for a 2.3T from an SVO. The 3.0 Duratec has a whipple that can push what powerlevels? With no aftermarket bottom end parts to strengthen it?
If he's looking for more Umph, it looks like a good plan if he has the cash and time.
"Ford 2.3 turbo engine makes up for in good ole "over engineering"! Completely stock short block 2.3 engines have been known to be able to withstand power outputs approaching 400HP! Ford 2.3 turbo powered drag cars can run 10's in the 1/4 mile and put V8 cars to shame! "
Whole webring dedicated to this engine combo -- >
Picture meeting up with a 2.3 4bangin pinto.. easy kill right?
"... Pinto run a string of 10.75s at 118 mph "
10's? On a 4banger that was designed 20 years ago..
Anyone know of a 3.slo thats running 10's presently? 11's? I think Derreks BEST run was in the High 13's ( and his bottom end went all over the place ) .