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post #11 of 195 (permalink) Old 08-09-2010, 05:35 PM
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Yay, the good old 3L OHV--on Gen1 Taurus! Almost bulletproof for wear and tear and usually outlasted the lousey Gen1 bodies which rusted out under the paint. Those motors were low output but long lived. Today, you can get motors giving 140 HP from 2L 4 Bangers! But the good old 3L Ford V6 was a workhorse and Ive seen many in U-Pulls with over 200,000 miles.
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That's just it. After all the yrs. of using this archaic application, including the whole lineup of products that have been around for so/too long w/o any upgrades or improvements, there is no excuse for them to be anything but near-perfect. But nooo, they have to wring every last dime outta them, the greedy SOB-s. And they are suddenly surprised when other marks are eating their lunch. And I don't mean that Fomoco ain't the only one.

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It's better than the transmission it's bolted to!
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It's better than the transmission it's bolted to!
Yep, and coincidently, it's just the opposite with the GM 3.1/3.8, LOL.

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Underpowered yes but not after "rudedog" approved

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On my 2'nd Vulcan Taurus. Most 4cyl cars have more power than this ancent v6 from the mid 80's, of which somehow found it's way into a 2007 car, in addition to some SE's still having a "tape player" as standard in the 2000's. They do last a long time, and being a pushrod engine, take up less space so they're easier to work on. I might replace mine with a 148hp 2.0 liter 4cyl Mazda3 this spring, or just keep my Taurus til the ax4n bites the dust (car not worth enough to justify a rebuild). I'm getting tired of this car, as it's too outdated for me. Wasn't this the very last car Ford made that still used a pushrod engine?

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I supose that the automotive engineers at Ford had to keep MPG in mind. The old Gen1 was pretty reasonable on gas and would run forever. Think back at those V8's from the 60's and 70's pathetic horsepower and 15 MPG A typical 1980's V8 with 6 liters was abominable and under 200 HP. Atrocious performance but so nice and "Torqey" nice hiway boats and 2 tons of iron to watch go rusty and they were so cheap at the time--mass produced junk when gas was 50 cents a gallon.
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I forgot to mention that the Detroit (and elsewhere) factories had to pay $30 an hour to unionised boneheads to put the lugnuts on! So, the laid-off workers would have to go out and scrimp and save to buy a beat-up Kia and put more Americans out of a job!
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