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Old 09-19-2003, 11:20 PM   #1
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V6 into a non-V6 car.. plus other questions..

How would one go about it?

I've got an '84 3.8 out of a t-bird, I have a '88 coupe with no motor (originally 2.3L Auto). I would like them to get together (possibly) for a little fun time but am having problems finding the info I desire.

Carb or not to carb (sometimes dumber is better)

Do I have a choice? Is there a 3.8L distributor that would work with a carb?

EFI, which generation would provide the greatest usability? (certainly NOT the '84 CFI unit that is sitting on the motor now)

Heads? Combustion chamber sizes? I assume that they all have the same head bolt pattern.. (assuming is a bad thing I have been told).

I checked the tech section and 9.32:1 looks to be the highest CR the factory ever ran, but what is the max a person could run if they did some head swapping (dont the newer 3.8's have aluminum heads?) that are generally more forgiving (and require a little more CR)

How about the transmission area? some say that AOD's rob too much power from the engine.. Do the V6's use V8 manuals or is it closer to a 4cyl?

Theoretical redline? average shift RPMs? weight in different configurations, roller cams? what year did they start? best place to get headers? short or long? (what is the general preference?)

I recall reading something about the internal balancing of these motors, was there a time when they were externally balanced and if so what amount of weight did it take?

Somebody once asked me "cant you put a crank out of a newer 4.2 V6 into it and make a stroker?" well could I?

Lets pretend I wanna go low compression and find some of the smaller T3 (.48 or smaller AR) turbo's from a pair of 2.3L 4cyls, which (if any) factory electrical system is most easily adapted. Or should I just look for a M90 boosted car with a blown motor and take its goods?

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I got nice mustangs? No my friend, according to the pics YOU got nice mustangs..

The '66 belongs to my buddy that recently moved to Pullman Wa, and the '68 is mine and the '67 needs some help (I'll get to it someday, heck I have owned it since '93 and its still in the same barn I put it in when I bought it)

So how about it? Was there any valve size differences over the years? If so are the larger valves nicer or are they shrouded more? What about intake and exhaust runner volumes?

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I don't know anything about v6s, so sorry I can't answer your questions. my 64 1/2 looks like crap in person, but i am un-crapping her
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