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Duratec Engine Swap.

So I have been looking at these duratec v6 motors. The 3.0 and the 3.5, my girl friends taurus has the 3.0 duratec and that thing runs like a raped ape. I know that the 3.0 duratec came in a rear drive lincoln. But what i don't know is what transmission the duratec used.
In front drive form it used the same transmission as the vulcan. So I wounder if the same is true for a rear drive motor. If so I think it would almost be a bolt in and wire up swap for a 3.0 vulcan ranger.

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She should have the AX4N tranny. If she has a 2004+ then they're revised with less issues. However FWD and RWD Vulcans have different trannys so no swap there. Since the 2008 Taurus (rebadged Ford 500) has the Duratec 3.5 while 500's the 3.0L, it's possable to swap it but with major work.

Best route is find a low mileage Gen 4.5 (2004+) Duratec/tranny for it's revised cams and AX4N.
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She should have the AX4N tranny. If she has a 2004+ then they're revised with less issues. However FWD and RWD Vulcans have different trannys so no swap there. Since the 2008 Taurus (rebadged Ford 500) has the Duratec 3.5 while 500's the 3.0L, it's possable to swap it but with major work.

Best route is find a low mileage Gen 4.5 (2004+) Duratec/tranny for it's revised cams and AX4N.
He's not saying the FWD tranny in the truck. He is saying that the truck tranny will work with the new engine.

Since the bolt patterns for the tranny are the same and the spline depth is the same it may work.
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He's not saying the FWD tranny in the truck. He is saying that the truck tranny will work with the new engine.

Since the bolt patterns for the tranny are the same and the spline depth is the same it may work.
I don't know if the bolt paterns are the same, i was assuming, that sense ford made the front wheel drive bolt patterns the same, why wouldn't they have made the rear wheel drive bolt patterns the same.

If anyone actualy knows any help would be appriciated.
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They are the same.
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They are the same.
now that is interesting, if the transmissions will bolt up, what else is diffrenent between the vulcan and the duratec.
I imagen all the electronics, and that sort of stuff.

Then you can say you have a fast 3.0 ranger
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Umm hummm.

Interesting.

My cousin drove an LSC.
It flew.
Scared me.

I'd want to mate it with a 5 speed.
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I'm just glad that I bought my car with capable engine that can do what I want with bolt on's and internal mods.
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Sounds interesting...But yeah im glad i bought my truck that is fast already lol.
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I worked quite heavily on the 3L duratec back in the day. (both fwd and the DEW98 rwd platform)

IMO it would not be worth the effort unless you did a bottom end strengthening and a top end porting. The motor in a raw tuned form will only put out 240-250hp. For far less money you could put in a stock (or near stock) 4.0L and get the same power levels.

If your really serious.. get a 4.0L and have the bottom end balanced for 7500 rpms, open up the piston to wall clearance by 0.002" port the heads, and get a cam / valve spring suited for how you want to use the motor.

I'd bet the overall costs would be lower and you'd have a engine that could be more easily dealt with for tuning and "bolt ons".

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