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Okay so last weekend I bought two motors and a car off a guy. A '97 V6 which was junk and a newer '02 or '03 V6 motor with about 20K miles on it. Both with transmissions. And today I went to pick up the shell of the '97 car. The thing is a beauty. I think original owners still have the original keys and key fobs and keychain from the dealer. Been on non-op since 04 paint is pretty clean paint. They were swapping the newer V6 engine and tranny to it but never got around to doing it so the motor and car have been sitting around for 5 years with the job half done. They left the hood off so most of the plastic inside the engine bay is pretty much done for. My question is, is it worth fixing up? I will be doing the labor myself but it is all the misc. parts that have me worried.
 

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I think the 97 v6 came with a front swaybar might have a rear swaybar.

I think I already told you, but they also had headers for the 94-98's

I personally like the 94-98 styling a lot more than the New Edge styling. I just wish the 94-98's had the split-port intake. Then my 4.2 would be around 202hp.

I say chose the one you like best, build it up the way you want. Then drop the higher mileage running V6 in the other one and sell it.

If you decide to keep the 97, you could swap the rear end gearing to make it a little more snappier on the acceleration. I think the 94-98's had 2.73 and the 99-04's had 3.23
 

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Yeah, you could see the front sway bar in the engine bay since there was nothing there. I have yet to check the rear though. I might just keep both cars though. My brother is 13 almost ready to drive and might as well fix him up a stang to drive instead of getting him a Honda. Would you recommend stroking both motors to a 4.2 and adding windstar to both as well? I mean they're the same motor. The '97 was almost done with the motor swap. It has a NE gas tank and fuel lines. I know it's missing some NE wiring but that's not to worry. I also found the cars computer in the trunk. I don't know if its the original or from the new motor though.
 

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If you have the funds, it wouldn't hurt to make them both 4.2 strokers with windstar intakes.

I think the only thing the new computer does differently is control the imrc valves in the intake.

but you can remove the valves.

If the engines are going to be out you might as well look at all the possibilities.
maybe headers and a new cam.

I've always liked the lumpy cam from SSM for sound. I've never looked at performance cams though.
 

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Around how much did it cost total for the 4.2 stroke? Yeah, I'll take a look at both engines. Might as well change out the gaskets and clean them up a bit as well
 

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probably depends where your at. Since you can just go to a salvage for the 4.2 parts, and the windstar intake.

I did a 4.2 stroker and rebuildt the bottom end. I got the block and crank for free though. and it still cost me a little over $1000.
 

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it basically is a brand new engine. I had some problems with the 1st set of piston they sent me. They were way to tight in the engine, are mechanic said they should loosen up but two turned sideways and scratched the cylinders up so I also had to have it bored out to get rid of the scratches.
so mines bored I think .30 over. The only thing that wasn't rebuildt or replaced was the heads, intake, lifters and pushrods. The engine was in great condition when I got(found it in the back of my schools auto shop got it for FREE), it had two bent connecting rods from a failed gasket near the front of the engine. I read it was common for 1997 4.2, so we replaced the broken parts, and got a rebuild kit.
 
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