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Old 02-23-2013, 03:24 PM   #1
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Well semi new. So I got this killer deal for a 97 V6 shell a high mileage 97 V6 motor and messed up tranny. and a low mileage (somewhere between 01 and 04) V6 engine and tranny. Now, I got the engine, and I can build it any way I want. Since its out, I'm gonna put it on an engine stand and put a windstar intake on it, and paint the block and heads. Anything else I can do?

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I'm talking about the newer engine. An also is there any way to try and crank? I got a battery and what else would I need?
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The heads are aluminum so I would just polish them and make them shiny, you can get them close to chome-ish look. Some nice valve covers. I painted my engine block the old ford blue. I'm not into that color matching stuff.

why not also stroke it to a 4.2. It's always nice to have more displacement.
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The heads are aluminum so I would just polish them and make them shiny, you can get them close to chome-ish look. Some nice valve covers. I painted my engine block the old ford blue. I'm not into that color matching stuff.

why not also stroke it to a 4.2. It's always nice to have more displacement.
I'm going to take it apart and clean the bigger peices. It's been sitting for a while but I couldn't pass this steal up. Can I use the same valve covers? Just clean then up and spray them with a color if my choice? How exactly do you stroke it to a 4.2? Do you just take a 4.2 oil pan and swap it out?
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I'm going to take it apart and clean the bigger peices. It's been sitting for a while but I couldn't pass this steal up. Can I use the same valve covers? Just clean then up and spray them with a color if my choice? How exactly do you stroke it to a 4.2? Do you just take a 4.2 oil pan and swap it out?
Rods and crank from a 4.2. Should be easy to find in a salvage yard.
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From a 90's F-150 right? I'll research that and try it out
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1997-2008 f150's used the 4.2L
exact same thing as a 3.8L just different crank,pistons and rods.
the 4.2 also uses a higher volume oil pump, not sure if it means anything but my oil pressure has been a little bit higher ever since I put it in used the 4.2 oil pump.

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OH and btw the way, that 97 V6 motor should have headers on, all the 94-98 v6's had short tube headers from the factory.
Unless your going to get long tube headers, the 97's short tube headers would be better than your old exhaust manifolds.
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So what would I need from the F-150 to complete the stroke? So I can start piecing together the parts.

Will the exhaust manifolds bolt on directly to the rest if the exhaust though? They look shorter lol. Would they offer any gains to my motor?

And yeah, the '97 motor is junk so I'm salvaging whatever I can from it then junking it the manifolds are good just a little rust and cobwebs on the inside
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Your going to need all the internals,
crankshaft, connecting rods and pistons.
and the 4.2's thrustplate/flywheel

I don't know about the New Edge 3.8's but I had to switch the balancing system of my older 3.8.

so you might also need a new balance shaft and harmonic balancer.
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Cool, got it. I'll post something up when I start this project. Also, will I need the oil pan as well?
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no. The 4.2 oil pan is completely different. It was used in the f-150 so its shaped differently.

you just re-use your old 3.8's oilpan.
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Okay and the 4.2 stroke is compatible with the windstar swap as well?
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yes, the windstar swap is just a upper intake manifold swap.

AND the 97's headers will be just as good as most aftermarket shorty headers you find online. A shop might be able to re-bend your old exhaust piping and hook it up to them.

The headers are also of higher quality and have a smaller chance of cracking.
You could buy some header paint to make them look better.
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More info can be found here.
How to: 4.2L V6 Mustang Engine Swap
for your year of mustang it looks like your mostly going to be re-using your 3.8 parts for the 4.2 stroker.
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Alright I'll see what I need replacing. It'll be super easy cause the motor is right In front of me lol. Thanks
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