A Ranger has a 3.0l Vulcan engine, it had a distributor from 1986 to 1994, Rangers got the 3.0l Vulcan in the 1991 model year.
In 1995 3.0l Vulcan went to full electronic ignition so no distributor.
3.0l Vulcan was used in these Ford vehicles
1987–1997 Ford Aerostar
1986–2007 Ford Taurus
1986–2005 Mercury Sable
1990–1992 Ford Probe
1991–2008 Ford Ranger
1992–1994 Ford Tempo
1992–1994 Mercury Topaz
1994–2007 Mazda B3000
1995–2000 Ford Windstar
Some are transverse mounted, but the engine(block and heads) is the same.
If you get a Vulcan engine from a car(transverse mounted) it is recommended that you change the head gaskets because coolant flow on that type of mounting is front to back and out to radiator
In a Ranger it is front to back and then back to front and out to radiator.
But some have done the car to truck swap and said they had no cooling problem, so up to you.
Just as a "head up" Ford introduced the Durtec 3.0l in 1996 Taurus and Sables, no relation to the 3.0l Vulcan engine and they are not interchangeable.
Duratec 3.0l was used in:
1996-2005 Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable
2001-2005 Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner/Mazda Tribute
2005-2006 Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego and Ford Freestyle
You will see there is an overlap in the model years for the taurus and sables, the 3.0l Duratec was an optional engine in those crossover years.
So, for example, a 2001 Ford Taurus could have a 3.0l Vulcan or 3.0l Duratec engine
Last edited by RonD; 08-13-2015 at 07:59 PM.