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Old 10-18-2010, 04:46 PM
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Default What about a SC 3.8L swap?

Curious as to whether someone has actually put one in a Ranger before.
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Old 10-18-2010, 04:47 PM
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about 2 months ago I asked myself the same thing , interesting to see if anyone's done it before.
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Old 10-19-2010, 12:58 AM
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Default Re: What about a SC 3.8L swap?

Had a few people telling me it wasn't that great of an engine, don't know what kind of reliability it has. Weigh the options if you have any thoughts of using that engine choice, might cost more than it's worth to stuff it under the hood. On the other hand, the SC version might be a hell of an engine.
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:30 AM
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Had a few people telling me it wasn't that great of an engine, don't know what kind of reliability it has. Weigh the options if you have any thoughts of using that engine choice, might cost more than it's worth to stuff it under the hood. On the other hand, the SC version might be a hell of an engine.
Yes, both versions of the 3.8 V6 had BIG problems with the factory head gaskets going bad, but once you replace them the engine is pretty reliable. I just recently learned of that 2nd part. I was under the impression that they failed ever so many miles regardless. Guess I was wrong.
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Old 10-19-2010, 01:38 PM
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Default Re: What about a SC 3.8L swap?

Intake not head gasket. And yes they would go out every 30k until you got rid of the shitty dex-cool.
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Intake not head gasket. And yes they would go out every 30k until you got rid of the shitty dex-cool.
I'm talking about the Ford 3.8 not the Buick 3.8, LOL!
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:29 AM
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lol, that makes sense. For some reason I instantly think chev when I hear or read 3.8.
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:13 AM
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Default Re: What about a SC 3.8L swap?

Also, the Ford 3.8 was intercooled and would kick a Buick SC 3.8's ass!
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Old 10-23-2010, 03:29 PM
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My friend had a 3.8 Super coupe and it ran like crazy, even had a factory boost gauge lol

Another engine I thought of was the 1st gen SHO motor
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:20 PM
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My friend had a 3.8 Super coupe and it ran like crazy, even had a factory boost gauge lol

Another engine I thought of was the 1st gen SHO motor
Turbo coupes had a factory boost gauge too. I had a 1st Gen SHO a few years back, and yes, a few people have put that engine into a ranger. I think there was even a SHO ranger prototype, lol.
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Old 10-24-2010, 05:52 PM
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Turbo coupes had a factory boost gauge too. I had a 1st Gen SHO a few years back, and yes, a few people have put that engine into a ranger. I think there was even a SHO ranger prototype, lol.
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Old 10-24-2010, 06:49 PM
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I'm actually in the process of securing a 3.8SC for my engine swap this upcoming May. I plan on getting an update as soon as I can get it...I've been behind a great deal with work, and the salvage yard I was working with sold the engine/transmission and accessories before I had a chance to buy it (curse working 7 to 7PM...). But from what I have done as far as research, because I've posted a few threads around here about the possibility of a 3.8 swap or even supercharging a 3L. But a lot of people will tell you on forums that the Ford 3.8SC was crap, and granted they had problems...but the only real problem they had were the intake gaskets in the early 80-90's models, but that was apparently later fixed in say 95 and up by using different gaskets and intake bolts (as stated by a gentleman I met by chance when I had my new dual exhaust bolted up last week). But with that being said, at least those problems are known and you know what to look out for, which is a plus when doing a custom swap...now as far as the advantage of a 3.8 swap to a 5.0 swap that I see is advantage of 3.8: Less weight than a 5.0, power differences weren't all that big of a difference between the two in stock form, and remember, more cylinders means more money for upkeep, oh, and lets not forget you're already forced induction, and the crank from the factory was already strengthened and I have been told there's many 3.8SC's out there running anywhere from 15 to 20PSI without much trouble after minor modifications

advantage of a 5.0: easy to find, parts are plentiful, and they do make a lot of power after a little work, and they're common so there's bound to be someone that can basically tell you step for step as to what to do, and if you go carbed, no electronics to worry about really, and the Rangers PACS system is a PITA to work on as far as engine swaps go.

Now again, all this is by personal opinion and word of mouth, I wouldn't suggest to take it by stone since I myself am not familiar with 3.8SC swaps and there seems to be noone doing one or anyone that's on any forums with advice (a 4 hour google search revealed so) and the people who have done it, did it so long ago they wouldn't remember the details...details that could mean go or no-go for your swap. So my advice would be do what you want, because either way, there's going to be a lot of fabrication involved and quite a lot of electrical work when you work with newer vehicles.
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