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Have a bad 3.0 looking to swap out with another, need some info.

So i have a 1999 ranger 4x4, it has a 3.0 flex fuel with a 5spd stick. The current motor the #5 cylinder that piston has a hole blown/melted through the side by the top and the oil rings are broke. I looking to just put another 3.0 in it, since i can't figure how this happened and don't want to take the chance that i replace the piston and it happens again. Now I have done a lot of research and that exact motor was only made from 1999-2001. I am wondering what is the difference between that 3.0 and the other years? I have been told if its not the exact same motor within those years it will be a lot more work to put a different year in. How much harder would it be to put another in say form 93-98? And what else in the way of work needs to be done?

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You will have to stay 96 or newer to work because thats when OBD2 came out and it'll be a headache to swap to OBD1. Also the 3.0 was pretty much the same all the way through they changed minor things like intakes and maybe a few sensors. Id stay close to 99 that way its not to much difference but other than PCM changes they should be about the same. The 03 year had the most power but idk if its worth the 5hp or so more to change it idk what all is different between those years.
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Alright i didn't know how much harder putting a another one in would be. Do you know if the transmission will bolt up the same too?
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All Ford 3.0l's have the same trans/block bolt pattern
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