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Old 09-06-2016, 03:52 PM   #1
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This weekend I finally got off my ass and started fixing my 1995 Ford Taurus SHO. 3 years ago, I did a 2-3-2 shift going about 60 mph and the result was breaking the fingers on the pressure plate. I had purchased a bunch of go fast parts with my deployment money so I didn't want to get rid of it.

Fast forward to last year. I am back home from the Army and decided to start fixing it up. Upon assembling the engine, I find one of the pistons cracked between the compression rings and the project sat longer.

Recently I had a friend buy a Taurus SHO for himself and got an engine for his. He later put it up for sale and I jumped on it. We spend this whole labor day weekend working on my rust free (seriously, every bolt came out with ease) swapping the old 3.0 V6 with a freshened up 3.2 V6 along with a new clutch. Here are some pictures of the process.



Here is the car just before being towed to Dan's house




Under the hood



Looks like spaghetti



Cradle dropped



Successfully out





So much room for activities



OLD vs NEW





Ready to go back in



IT'S IN




There is still more to do and I will be getting on that shortly. Big changes for this build include:

- New Clutch
- Engine Swap
- Front Sway Bar
- Aluminum Subframe Bushings
- SHOrt Throw Shifter
- Ported Intake Manifold
- Big Bore Butterflies
- SHOshop Fenderwell Intake


Coupled along with new stock parts like spring insulators, control arms, upgraded bushings, power steering lines, coolant hoses, ignition wires and spark plugs; this car is going to be a cruiser.



ECTO COOLER AND SHO, WHAT YEAR IS IT!?




big thanks to @Dasfinc @syP @SHOmuff @10sec @JBruno88 for all the help.
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I love these cars! Something about fwd sport sedans that tug on my heart. ������
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WTF, this isn't done yet?!
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God i need to get some more ecto cooler.
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How many hours put in over the weekend?
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Old 09-06-2016, 08:29 PM   #6
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At least 40-50hrs. I was there for one of them and I was already done. If mine needs that, I'm tossing it to a junk yard. NOPE.
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Way too many man.
Day 1 - Friday, Mike worked on it for, 4, maybe 5 hours, and I was primarily cleaning my garage and just handing him tools.

Day 2 - Sat, Mike and Ryan worked on it from probably 11 until 6, and I was just helping on occasion since I had some house work.

Day 3 - Sunday, Mike, and I worked on it hard-core from about 11 until nearly 8:30 to get the subframe bolted back in place. Other Ryan (SHOMUFF) helped for the last 2 hours of it after he was free.

I'm still smug as fuck about flagging down the icecream truck in my neighborhood
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fucking fwd v6 guys....buncha fucking weirdo's
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it was quite nice that NO bolts broke.. and everything came apart with ease...

rust free FTW
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After spending the few hours I was there, I've come to the conclusion that I no longer want to 3.2 swap my car.
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After spending the few hours I was there, I've come to the conclusion that I no longer want to 3.2 swap my car.
It's not worth it, and like Ryan said, does it really make a difference?
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Probably no noticable difference. I'd only do it if I fucked up my 3.0 or found a killer deal on a built S/C motor.
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I thought it would be hella TQey vs my 2.5ltr CSVT, but it's not at all. Granted, the SVTC has hella good gearing for an American car, very honda-esque, but still. With 3.2ltrs, I expected hella tourqes vs my junk Honda.
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