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Old 02-25-2016, 01:47 AM   #1
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Difference in 92 3.8 vs 02 3.8

Can anyone tell me the differences in these two motors? Was wondering if they were compatible.


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If I had to guess I would way they are world's apart. I think the first ones were carburated. Engine outputs are quite different obviously.

The 01-04 3.8's were fuel injected, used split port design heads, and had intake management runner control (IMRC).
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Nothing in 92 was carbureted.


That said, they will be completely different animals.
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The 92s were not carbureted. They were fuel injected.


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I don't think there was any cars that were carbureted after 1990 made by ford.


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Whoops, I meant Ford's first Essex 3.8's from 82. I imagine the 92 was single port fuel injected. Either way, the 99+ 3.8 would be miles ahead in terms of performance (from a 3.8 v6 standpoint).

Are you looking to interchange parts? Or swap a newer 3.8 in?
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Okay well here's the thing would like to buy a 4.2 v6 and swap it into an an 01 mustang. I have a 92 cougar 3.8 that is wrecked but the motors perfectly fine so wasn't sure if I could take the 3.8 parts needed for the 4.2 from the cougar and that way the 01 mustang can be driven while swapping all those other parts from the 92 3.8 onto the newer 4.2


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