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ford taurus motor swap

Iv been told that ford taurus motor will fit in my mazda b3000. I just want to verify that if anyone can. Also will there be any probly attacking it to my manual tranny, motor mounts and if i will need any new wiring .

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its the same engine
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your going to have to make new motor mounts because the engine is rotated clockwise in the taurus engine bay
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i beleave the block is the same.. hard to say never seen one out the the car.. you would have to use ranger intake, exhaust, oil pan. thats for sure
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ohh damn I don't know hard that is but i don't think my shop teacher would want to do that but you never know. I shall talk to him if he'd would want to make new mounts or not.
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Same exact blocks, same exact heads, nothing is different.
The lower intake, timing cover, head gaskets and oil pan need to be changed, as well. Never use Taurus head gaskets in a Ranger, they will eventually overheat.

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Pulley set up is different also. They may stick out too far and hit the fan. Not sure.
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Definately, all the bolt ons are Ranger-only. Aerostar is the same way, Windstar too....
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i beleave the block is the same.. hard to say never seen one out the the car.. you would have to use ranger intake, exhaust, oil pan. thats for sure

the taurus 3.0 WILL NOT work in any rear wheel drive truck!!!

it is the same motor but the block is different and will not bolt in and nothing will interchange!


yea ford!

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the taurus 3.0 WILL NOT work in any rear wheel drive truck!!!

it is the same motor but the block is different and will not bolt in and nothing will interchange!
Everything that I have read about the subject runs contrary to what you have stated.
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I often wondered if they were interchangeable myself...
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Same exact blocks, same exact heads, nothing is different.
The lower intake, timing cover, head gaskets and oil pan need to be changed, as well. Never use Taurus head gaskets in a Ranger, they will eventually overheat.
^As far as I know, this is the deal. (And Fred is about as good a source as you're gonna get on the subject).
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this will not work u cant but a fwd (front wheel Drive) motor into a RWD (Rear Wheel Drive)
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^As far as I know, this is the deal. (And Fred is about as good a source as you're gonna get on the subject).
so its not the same motor lol. wee i'M UN-BANED lmao!!!!


you forgot the most important thing, the crankshaft. its different also. so after dissassembling the entire engine and changing every part its NOT the same motor like i stated above!
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this will not work u cant but a fwd (front wheel Drive) motor into a RWD (Rear Wheel Drive)
...because...
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so its not the same motor lol. wee i'M UN-BANED lmao!!!!


you forgot the most important thing, the crankshaft. its different also. so after dissassembling the entire engine and changing every part its NOT the same motor like i stated above!
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It's the same engine folks. But you don't have to take our word for it:
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"The 3.0L Ford pushrod motor has been around for nearly 20 years. It was originally introduced back in 1986 and millions of them have been installed in a wide variety of front and rear wheel drive cars and trucks since then. It's been used in several FWD applications including the Taurus/Sable, the Tempo/Topaz and the Probe cars, along with the Windstar vans, and it's been available in both the RWD Aerostar vans and Ranger pickups over the years."
Source: Rebuilding The Ford 3.0L V6 by Doug Anderson

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Bummer, I wanted them to quote THEIR sources...
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it is a "vulcan" 3.0 yes, but the taurus 3.0 will not just simply bolt into a ranger
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aren't car engines and truck engines designed differently too?

don't truck engines have bigger heads that create a lower compression motor to allow for more torque and less economy/hp?

I wouldn't do it...the 3.0 sucks anyways

get a 4.0 out of a ranger!
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I believe its the same shortblock on the bottom end.
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Drop the 3.slow and drop in a V-8 from an exploder, you know they will bolt in...
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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?
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Same engine code ("U") for Ranger and Taurus/Sable = same vulcan engine.
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Same engine code ("U") for Ranger and Taurus/Sable = same vulcan engine.
Your correct Joe!!!
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