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Old 01-29-2013, 01:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to fully identify the engine without the VIN?

I know the title probably has your eyes rolling but just give me a sec of your time, please, I've been looking everywhere for an answer but can't fine one.

I have a rebuilt 2000 SE. I bought it from a body shop guy who takes wrecks and fixes the body and mechanical problems and makes them street legal again. He put a 2000 3.0 Liter V6 Vulcan(I identified by encyclopedia pic) with an AX4N tranny(I identified by yellow handle's end shape, long vs. short) into the body of a 2000 SE built January 2000 with "2" in the VIN 8th position, so its motor was a FFV. The body, by the way, has an 18 gallon tank, strangely, even though folks on this forum say those were put in after June 2000.

Anyway, what I want to know for sure is how can I know what kind of engine I have here, "U", "1", or "2"? I don't have the VIN of the car that the engine came out of.

There's a label on the left side of the black rectangular box where "3.0 V6" is written and this label says "DA AG550BA 175149" and it also has "L10(off to the left), DA(with a 2 below it), and "Made in Lima, Ohio" on it.

Please and thank you!

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Old 01-29-2013, 07:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Unless I'm mistaken, ALL FFV Taurus's in Gen 4 had 18 gallon tanks. Helps account for ethanol being less efficient, among other things.
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Check with a Ford dealer, they can tell you if engine numbers are still cast into the block somewhere. That would ID the engine for sure.
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Check with a Ford dealer, they can tell you if engine numbers are still cast into the block somewhere. That would ID the engine for sure.

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Awesome, thanks guys! I'll take it to my Ford dealership and see what they say. The label on the engine block will surely identify it, I hope.
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Yeah, you need to get the casting numbers off the side of the heads.
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Yeah, you need to get the casting numbers off the side of the heads.
Hmm.....and uh.....how does one do that? Where are these heads you speak of? No seriosuly, I......don't know what you're talking about. But thanks!
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The cylinder heads are the chunks of metal that contain the valves and spark plugs that bolt onto the engine block. Search for "cylinder head" and watch a video or something.

I'm not sure exactly where the casting numbers are on the head, but you could check around where the spark plugs are and look on the ends. They will look something like this:



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