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Old 11-22-2007
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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?

You probably could go on, but that doesn't make you right.
As stated, the block and heads are identical, you can not use the Hollands Interchange manual on this one, Hollanders lists them as different, they are not. I have Taurus ported and polished heads on my Ranger, bolt-in, perfect fit.

Crank is identical. Rods, identical. Pistons, identical. Piston pins, identical. Camshaft is different specs, but interchangeable.
As stated: Lower intake, timing cover, accessories, exhaust manifolds and oil pan wil not work.

Upper intakes and throttle bodies are swappable, but require some mods to make them work.

I have not tried the Flywheel/Flexplate, but I would think they are similar.

I know at least two people from another forum that have swapped the entire long block using the oil pan, lower intake, timing cover, exhaust manifolds and accessories from their Ranger. No problems or issues, but I don't know whether or not they have had issues with the head gaskets later down the road. I know the head gasket shapes are IDENTICAL with the exception of the main coolant passages: Ranger is in the rear, Taurus is in the front and rear. How do I know this to be true? I designed and had manufactured, the copper replacement gaskets. So, again, where is your proof?

I'm sure you are confused by the other 3 V-6's used in the Taurus/Sable/Tempo/Topaz/Probe: the 3.0L SHO (SAME block as the Vulcan, Yamaha designed the SHO from the Vulcan, it will swap with the removal of the HVAC), the 3.0L Duratec and the 3.8L. The last two have issues, but can be used with a transmission swap and major work.

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I have a the Mazda B3000 1994, been searching forever for the 3 liter. a Drop in. has to be a rear wheel drive Donor for that. Why/? it;s the same motor right? no. well it is but guess what. you will be changing everything so why? Even the oil pick up, pan, mounts, intake, you name it you will be changing it. you will regret not just rebuilding your old hunk of iron. on top of all that Bull,. you will have the power of a sable when you are done.

You people saying the 3 liter Vulcan rear wheel drive sucks, might be true , I mean since it preforms less than the 4.0 and it gets worse or same the fuel consumption. BUT If you already happen to be stuck with one of these, the switch to 4 liter is a real drag. you have to have the entire wiring harness from the Donor truck. what fun that is! to make it actually work right and not be pulling your hair out later the wire harness from the tail lights to the head lights needs to be installed. You can ring some of it up but it will be noticeable and how does that feel? LOL

anyway. if you wanted to just replace your motor and go, Like in a weekend , like me, you need a 3 Liter rear wheel drive donor. they do not just fall out of the sky for some reason, maybe because they are all blown? I don't know, it's getting pretty frustrating to me though. Could be because they are all awesome and no one wants to give them up. Or maybe when a crash happens in one of these vehicles the engines nearly always destroyed?

anyway. I want my truck back on the road, I am being picky and want a low miles good running drop in. funny though since I cant even find a high miles runs like crap easy. LOL I could order a crate but damn, people act like they are gold for some reason, funny I think for a motor that everyone says is not a great motor. search continues. there are some correct people in here and a some so wrong it;s crazy. don't listen to the ones saying put in a front wheel drive engine.
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I've done it, it will work, but it's not bolt in.

I swapped in an 03 Taurus engine in my previous 97 Ranger. Looked for a while for a drop in ranger engine, all were high miles and stupid prices. Found a taurus engine with 60k for about half of a ranger one.

The other answers are correct, you have to swap most of the bolt on stuff over from the ranger. manifolds, intake, accessories, i had manual so flywheel instead of flexplate. I changed head gaskets too, info i saw at the time said coolant flowed different between to two.

truck ran great when done. cams are probably different so powerband not identical between the two, but you would never notice it.
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I have a the Mazda B3000 1994, been searching forever for the 3 liter. a Drop in. has to be a rear wheel drive Donor for that. Why/? it;s the same motor right? no. well it is but guess what. you will be changing everything so why? Even the oil pick up, pan, mounts, intake, you name it you will be changing it. you will regret not just rebuilding your old hunk of iron. on top of all that Bull,. you will have the power of a sable when you are done.
You're just going to change a few of the things from the outside of the motor to match up to your current engine. Yes, you need to pull the heads off to install the correct gaskets, but how big of a deal is that when you're staring at an engine outside of the chassis?

[/quote]You people saying the 3 liter Vulcan rear wheel drive sucks, might be true , I mean since it preforms less than the 4.0 and it gets worse or same the fuel consumption. BUT If you already happen to be stuck with one of these, the switch to 4 liter is a real drag. you have to have the entire wiring harness from the Donor truck. what fun that is! to make it actually work right and not be pulling your hair out later the wire harness from the tail lights to the head lights needs to be installed. You can ring some of it up but it will be noticeable and how does that feel? LOL [/quote]
You do -not- have to have the entire wiring harness from the donor truck. Obviously you want a harness for the engine you're using that matches your truck's existing wiring, but just pull that with the donor engine. The body harness is irrelevant.

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anyway. if you wanted to just replace your motor and go, Like in a weekend , like me, you need a 3 Liter rear wheel drive donor. they do not just fall out of the sky for some reason, maybe because they are all blown? I don't know, it's getting pretty frustrating to me though. Could be because they are all awesome and no one wants to give them up. Or maybe when a crash happens in one of these vehicles the engines nearly always destroyed?

anyway. I want my truck back on the road, I am being picky and want a low miles good running drop in. funny though since I cant even find a high miles runs like crap easy. LOL I could order a crate but damn, people act like they are gold for some reason, funny I think for a motor that everyone says is not a great motor. search continues. there are some correct people in here and a some so wrong it;s crazy. don't listen to the ones saying put in a front wheel drive engine.
The vast majority of this is either untrue or irrelevant. Yes, you'll need to swap a few things over from your motor to a FWD donor engine. However, you already have them on your existing Ranger engine. Just buy what's available and swap it in using your current engine as a parts source plus a set of gaskets and head bolts. A couple of hours of work in the middle of a complete engine swap is a drop in the bucket.
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