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I have a 1994 taurus w/3.0 vulcan and a 1995 taurus w/3.8 essex both with automatic trans. The 3.8 is blown so I would like to install the 3.0 into that body. I reviewed the FAQ but didn't understand if I could make that swap without any problems. I see that the ignition module is on the firewall of the 95 but on the distributor of the 94. Is there a thread on this swap? If not, is it anyone that can enlighten me on this project?
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I have a 1994 taurus w/3.0 vulcan and a 1995 taurus w/3.8 essex both with automatic trans. The 3.8 is blown so I would like to install the 3.0 into that body. I reviewed the FAQ but didn't understand if I could make that swap without any problems. I see that the ignition module is on the firewall of the 95 but on the distributor of the 94. Is there a thread on this swap? If not, is it anyone that can enlighten me on this project?
The easiest thing to do, would be to completely gut both cars mechanically and electrically.

Take lots and lots of pictures to reference where everything goes back.

Remove the engine, transmission and subframe as one assembly, and install in the other car, take all the electrical from the 1994 and transplant it into the 95 body.

Make sure both use the same fuel system, otherwise you may need to swap fuel lines/pump (I really do not recall if these are different between the Essex and the Vulcan.

I've been around for quite a while, but I do not remember anyone doing a Vulcan swap in place of an Essex... It is a performance downgrade. You'd be sacrificing about 55 ft/lbs of torque in the process.

What is the motivation behind the project? If it is money, I can guarantee that although you feel this swap should be "free" there will be purchases along the way to make it happen.


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Isn't this swap usually done the other way?

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.....the 3.8 usually dies 1st, lol.
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The 94/3.0 may be a little less engine but I have driven that car for a number of years. The 95/3.8 I purchased cheap two years ago because of the very good body. Didn't know which engine it had when it grabbed my interest. As Sheila implied, I've heard a lot of problems about the 3.8. Body/paint jobs are very expensive so I think I'm money ahead in that area.

Besides gaskets and tune up what expenses do you expect for this swap? I might add an oil pump but I haven't had any concerns with pressure in the past.

Also, removing any engine by the cradle method will present a problem for me. I don't have an auto garage, I'm working at home, alone. So I will have to figure out something there. Is it supposed to be faster or is it just the way Ford says to do it?
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Also you mentioned the fuel system. I'll have to look at it and do some research because I have no idea. I really don't want to try to run new lines or swap fuel systems if they are not compatible. More research is what I really need!!
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They have the same pump, connectors and and FPR so that should not be an issue. Dropping the subframe with complete drivetrain is significantly simpler. I would look close at the freeze plugs, PS lines and steering rack while I had the it on the ground.

This site is awkward but handy for checking interchange

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