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Old 03-13-2010, 07:00 PM   #1
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95 era 3.8 into a 97 with a 3.8 questions

hey guys, i bought a 97 mustang auto with a 3.8 and am wondering if a 95 block and heads will work with my computer and if there are any ports that are different like coolent sensor port and whatnot. i live in dumb *** california and have to deal with smog. sorry for the language. any advise wound be appreciated.
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Re: 95 era 3.8 into a 97 with a 3.8 questions

They're both single port, so they should work.
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Re: 95 era 3.8 into a 97 with a 3.8 questions

Don't worry about language, we're all adults here and can handle it...

I would think the 95 block would work fine as 19Delta said, they're both single port.
Not sure what your plans/situation are/is, but you might want to consider building that 3.8 or stroking it up to a 4.2.
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Re: 95 era 3.8 into a 97 with a 3.8 questions

Should be a 100% even swap. If any issues very minor. There are a few internal differences. The 97 engine is better in the long run due to the depth of the threads in the block for the cylinder heads to bolt to. The 97 is less likely to blow a head gasket.
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Re: 95 era 3.8 into a 97 with a 3.8 questions

You seem pretty knowleadgable about the 94-98 v6's. I can't remember the differences, I read it somewhere, but the 94-95 3.8's were rated at 145hp, and the 96-98's were rated at 150hp. What did Ford do to increase output 5hp?
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I believe the 5hp came from the cam. Not 100% sure.
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