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Taurus 3.0 to Ranger swap

When my 2000 3.0 flex fuel engine bit the dust I discovered that replacement engines were hard to find. After researching the topic on these forums I decided to try using a Taurus 3.0. I purchased a 2002 Taurus 3.0 flex fuel engine, a head gasket set, an oil pan gasket, and a water pump gasket. The head gaskets are different between the two engines and must be replaced. I found it easier to pull my water pump and clutch fan as a unit and mount it to the Taurus timing chain cover after the engine was installed. I had to swap the oil pump pick up tube and oil pan; swap exhaust manifolds, engine mounts, flex plate, intake manifold, and the oil pressure sending unit. I left the Taurus crankshaft position sensor installed in the block and used it. Everything bolted up with no surprises and Iím back to driving my truck again.
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Do you think it runs better? Id imagine they have a different cam in them.
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The truck is running great. The salvage yard did confirm that the Taurus block and heads were the same as the Ranger but I never checked if there was a different cam.
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I would think it would be, Just because why would a taurus need the low end but then again thinking about it. My 3.0 is a dog till eh 2500-3000rpm when it picks up. maybe they are the same
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?different head gaskets?

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When my 2000 3.0 flex fuel engine bit the dust I discovered that replacement engines were hard to find. After researching the topic on these forums I decided to try using a Taurus 3.0. I purchased a 2002 Taurus 3.0 flex fuel engine, a head gasket set, an oil pan gasket, and a water pump gasket. The head gaskets are different between the two engines and must be replaced. I found it easier to pull my water pump and clutch fan as a unit and mount it to the Taurus timing chain cover after the engine was installed. I had to swap the oil pump pick up tube and oil pan; swap exhaust manifolds, engine mounts, flex plate, intake manifold, and the oil pressure sending unit. I left the Taurus crankshaft position sensor installed in the block and used it. Everything bolted up with no surprises and Iím back to driving my truck again.
Can you tell me what exactly you meant when you said the head gaskets are different and must be replaced? Do you mean the "intake manifold to head" gasket or the "cylinder head to engine block" gasket? It doesn't sound like you swapped heads. I am considering this swap too and just wanted some clarification. Thanks
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The cylinder head to engine block gaskets are different and must be replaced. I did use the Taurus heads but I pulled them and replaced the head gaskets. At the time I compared the two gaskets and found the coolant openings were not the same. My truck has been back on the road for over 8 months now and is running great.
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how can the heads and block be the same, but the Head gaskets be different?
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I have been doing a little more research and found that the intake manifold on the Taurus had the thermostat in the back instead of in the front like the Ranger. The Taurus head gaskets block off certain coolant passages to redirect the water flow through the block and heads differently than the Ranger. This is why it is best to replace the head gaskets with the Ranger style even though the heads and block are the same.

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interesting. the 3L duratec guys borrow Taurus blocks so always looking for more information.
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