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Old 05-05-2012, 06:35 PM
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I have a 97 ranger ext cab with a blown engine. I am looking for a salvage engine and was wanting to know what years will work. It is a 3.0 with vin u. I have found several taurus engines pretty reasonable but they are newer. Need to find out what I can use. I can swap over all external as long as the long block will work. Any help will be appreciated.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:37 AM
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For a 97, if you are just swapping blocks, you should be able to go with 96,97,98,and 99 years.
I am currently putting a 97 engine into my 98 ranger.

For the most part the 3.0 Vulcan block didn't change much, I think mounts were the biggest thing that may have changed, and some sensors.
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:31 PM
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Thanks, I just found a 92 aerostar engine. Not sure if that is going back too far or not. Shows to be a different casting no. Also has a distributor. Not a bad deal was reman and all new a/c starter, and alternator. Just need to make sure it will work. Salvage yard showed that nothing older than 95 will interchange??
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:51 PM
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Aerostar? U got me, know nothing about them.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:15 PM
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You can use a Taurus/sable engine, but the head gaskets are different and need to be changed to ranger ones. I'm not sure if it is a direct swap between an older one with a distributor or not. I would imagine it is though as long as you just use the long block and swap everything over.

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Old 05-17-2012, 05:40 AM
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The blocks and heads are the exact same in every year. Head gaskets have to be swapped and all accessories. I'm doing the swap this weekend, picked up a 3.0 out of an 03 Taurus with 30k for 500 bucks.

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Old 05-17-2012, 03:53 PM
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That's one nice thing about the 3.0l, plenty of salvage Taurus/sables out there.

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