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Old 10-26-2015
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Icon4 2006/07 3.0L swap

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Quite recently I had an accident with my Ranger (tragic I know). The only things that can be salvaged are the engine, transmission and interior, the entire body and frame are done. The engine has only 57,000KM on it. Quite recently I found a 2001 Ranger that caught my eye, it too has a 3.0L V6 but with a lot more kilometers. My question is, is it possible to take the engine from my 07 and put it in the 01? If it's not possible, what are my best options?
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Yes, you can, just swap the '01 upper and lower intake to the '07 engine so '01 wiring will match, flex fuel or gas only matters but as far as injector size, so if '01 computer is Flex Fuel then use the '01 injectors, it doesn't matter that you will never run ethanol, the injector size is what computer uses to calculate the amount of fuel that will be released when it is open, larger injectors(needed for ethanol) release too much fuel for a gas only computer so you will get Rich code and CEL will be on all the time.

Look at the accessories, where alternator, power steering, AC and pulleys are located, also see if fan belt for 2001 and 2007 are the same.
If they are the same then fine, but if there are differences I would swap the brackets around, you can use the newer parts but on the older brackets.
That way when you go to get a new fan belt in 5 years 2001 belt will fit.

You will need to get parts for '07 3.0l engine when changing things like front and rear main seals, which I would do when engine is out, also oil pan gaskets are year specific.
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Okay, reason I asked was because I have a coworker who worked as a ford mechanic for a while there and he said the swap wasn't possible due to the computers.
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He would be wrong, you can swap in a Taurus or Sable 3.0l vulcan engine, or a Mazda B3000 engine.
As long as it is a Vulcan 3.0l, any long block(block and heads) can be used.
Exhaust will be the same.
Oil pan from another model can be different but easy enough to change, make sure oil pump pickup is in the correct place if you do that.

Computer is for a 3.0l vulcan so will be fine, only difference in the years are the sensors and placement of them, that is why you should swap out the upper and usually lower intake because that is where most of the sensors/wiring for the engine are located.
Oil pressure switch will be the same on all Fords.
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