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2001 ranger 3.0liter/ taurus 3.0 liter

Need input??? any info greatly appeciated. I have two different people saying different things. My question is can you swap a 3.0 out of a taurus into a ranger? I know i will have to change intake/ exhaust man.,oil pan, pickup tube, water pump ect. I was told by one person it will work. told by another that the head gaskets need to be changed also???? the block and heads are the same this is a fact. but my question is what about the head gaskets?

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the fwd Vulcan has a reverse flow cooling system so it uses thicker gaskets.
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so the only difference is they are thicker gaskets? or are the passages different? would i have to change the gaskets also? I was thinking it was the difference on the fwd the heat core hose came off the water pump and on the ranger it was on the intake manifold?
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I believe so.I had the heater core in my Taurus flushed about 6 months ago. I think I heard that the heater core on fwd 3.0's "piggybacks" off of the rear cylinder bank.
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i know the gaskets list different part numbers maybe i should go and check them side byside to see what the difference is. I have a guy from a junk yard telling me that he has change 4 fwd 3.0's in to rangers with no problem, But i talk to another guy awhile back and he was adamant that you would have to change the gaskets also. he didnt know the reason. If its a case of the heater core passage being closed off maybe its possible to punch a hole in it with the intake off?
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The head gaskets are diffrent with the water passages.
I found this out on therangerstation.com
in the tech section


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