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Escape is FWD I thought. AWD is a whole different ball game.
Escapes came in AWD, or RWD with optional 4WD, as I understood it. I could be wrong though.

Edit: Just kidding. I checked and apparently all Escapes are FWD or AWD, no RWD applications. You learn something new every day.


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Actually wiring an EEC-V into an older vehicle isn't super difficult, though it certainly isn't plug and play. As mentioned, the transmission is indeed the issue here. Ford has never made a RWD transmission with the Duratec bolt pattern. Even the 4WD/AWD Escapes use a FWD engine/transmission setup. Even if you were to modify the bellhousing on an existing transmission or have an adapter plate made, getting the Duratec's EEC-V PCM to control that transmission is not likely to happen even with custom tuning. You'd pretty much be required to adapt an MTX, and I can't think of one off the top of my head that would be suitable to even attempt adapting. The Duratec has a very unique bolt pattern.

Basically what I'm saying is that with enough time and money it figuratively could be done, but there'd be a lot of wiring and custom machine work to be done. Custom bellhousing, motor mounts, etc. Just a train of thought though, the SHO V6 has the same bolt pattern as the Vulcan.....

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Just a train of thought though, the SHO V6 has the same bolt pattern as the Vulcan.....
Not to mention it's EEC-IV, correct?

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Not to mention it's EEC-IV, correct?
Yep, and the RWD Vulcan motor mounts will bolt right up to it. You can also reverse the intake manifold so the throttle body is at the front of the engine. I've seen them swapped into Rangers several times. It really is all but a bolt in swap for the Vulcan. The question is if the wider SHO intake manifold and heads will fit in the tight confines of the Aerostar engine bay. It's not really any bigger than the Duratec though, so if it won't fit the Duratec likely wouldn't either.

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