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All the buzz with the svt heads on the Duratec has rekindled my interest in a possible head swap for the split port intake from the Windstar, or even possibly the 99 and up mustang. I know that the swap involves the upper and lower intake manifolds, as well as the heads and maybe the fuel rail and injectors, but are there any other significant differences between the older 3.8's and these newer engines? I'm talking about possible vaccum lines, sensors, ecu, and ignition. I know some of the T-bird guys that have done this swap had to either swap their iginition to DIS or find a way to make the newer top work with distributor ignition...

Oh yeah, the head swap done by these guys (as well as some 'stang owners over at v6power.net) involved the 99-up mustang heads which is a different physical design than the windstar. I think the Windstar is a more likely fit because it is based off of a FWD block like the ones in the Taurus.

Anyway, thoughts? Ideas? For now, I think it would be best to just focus on the engine design themselves and not worry about the usual "oh it won't fit under the hood" argument.
 

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the heads are the same for the mustangs and windstars. fom what i have read on v6power. the intakes are defently different. the windstar intake is to tall. the mustang intake is the only one that might fight under our hoods. just check the height before you do anything. i though about going the sp rout but i think i am going to go sc insted.
 

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Originally posted by crackhead@Mar 22 2004, 04:53 PM
the heads are the same for the mustangs and windstars. fom what i have read on v6power. the intakes are defently different. the windstar intake is to tall. the mustang intake is the only one that might fight under our hoods. just check the height before you do anything. i though about going the sp rout but i think i am going to go sc insted.
Tall intakes are just SCREAMING for a 4" cowl induction hood :D
 
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