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Old 05-08-2010, 06:03 PM   #1
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ok guys, im new to this forum group and have a few things on my mind

i am a old school kind of guy, love my 4bbl carbs, i can build anything but this computer stuff is foreign to me, i have built tons of traditional hot rods (you guys call them rat rods) from the ground up and done it all with the old stuff (1927 to 1976), but i am not to familiar with fi mods, i have a 98 v6 that i am going to play with, i have been reading here that 3.8 windstars, 4.2's and many more mods that you have been doing are all cool

i want to get HP, i know thats what were here for right?????, but what would be the best engine to use???? rember i have a 98 so does the year of the engine matter for mods????? or should i stay with a 98???? if i go to a newer engine do i need harness, computer, etc.... or would mine work?????

i am sure i am forgetting stuff but i am going to be asking alot of questions in the next year as i will have my toy on the road in the spring of 2011 and driving it like i stole it, oh ya i forgot to mention its a stick,





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ok guys, im new to this forum group and have a few things on my mind

i am a old school kind of guy, love my 4bbl carbs, i can build anything but this computer stuff is foreign to me, i have built tons of traditional hot rods (you guys call them rat rods) from the ground up and done it all with the old stuff (1927 to 1976), but i am not to familiar with fi mods, i have a 98 v6 that i am going to play with, i have been reading here that 3.8 windstars, 4.2's and many more mods that you have been doing are all cool

i want to get HP, i know thats what were here for right?????, but what would be the best engine to use???? rember i have a 98 so does the year of the engine matter for mods????? or should i stay with a 98???? if i go to a newer engine do i need harness, computer, etc.... or would mine work?????

i am sure i am forgetting stuff but i am going to be asking alot of questions in the next year as i will have my toy on the road in the spring of 2011 and driving it like i stole it, oh ya i forgot to mention its a stick,





a true hot rod always has 3 pedals





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well, do you want to keep it as a v6? how much hp are you looking for? obviously youll have to go with a turbo or supercharger for big power.

the 3.8 blocks are the same. to go with a 4.2 or 4.3 stroker, youll have to get a 4.2 crank and new rods, pistons. thats gonna give you the best v6 platform to start. you can then swap to split port for extra hp, but youd have to replace the whole top end. it really just depends on your goals and budget.
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Yah it really depends on what you're looking for...if you want big hp you have options. You could stay with a heavily modded v6 platform and make decent numbers.

Or you could yank the 3.8 and drop in a v8 of your choice...anything from an old carbed 5.0 to a 4v 4.6L. Forged internals and a power adder will probably net you the most power with the FI/ECU engines.
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If you have no real budget you can make a 4.2L (using an F150 crank) with forged internals and ported heads/intakes with a custom cam and end up with a great motor to stick a supercharger/turbocharger on.

You could go cheaper and go high compression or so~

you will probably be around 230-250rwhp with the 4.2L built~ with a blower on top of that ... it depends on how much boost it will hold lol.

With a turbo in a nice built motor 450-500rwhp should be easy to get to, tune it down to around 300-400 for a daily driver if you wanted~ the T-5 transmission is a good one and will hold power rather well.

You will want to upgrade to the 8.8 GT rear end and jump up the gears to a 3.55 if going high HP, or keep it at 3.73 for a good N/A setup.
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