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3.8 mustang to 3.8 windstar?

Discussion in 'Air Intake, Engine Electronics, Ignition & Exhaust' started by Scholar187, Oct 10, 2017.

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    Scholar187 New Member

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    I'm trying to figure out if these engines are similar enough that the coil packs are the same. Also what else can go from mustang to windstar?
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    Welcome to the FFO!

    What years?

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    My windstar is a 2002 so something around there.
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    The cooling systems and accessory drive systems in the two vehicles are not the same.

    What year Mustang?

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    An interesting article in Engine Builder on the evolution of the Ford 3.8. And, with respect to the point about cooling systems, there's a notable paragraph about the head gaskets and known challenges...

    Kevin
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    I'm thinking something in the 2000's. I'm also wondering if the bolt ons and speed equipment are compatible? Things like throttle body or even turbos.
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    The bolt on question is - mostly no.
    Do not understand what you mean about speed equipment.

    A 3.8 never had a turbo. A super charger was available only on Thunderbird Super Coupe. That engine will not work in your mini-van. Neither will the throttle body. All of the engine controls were made for a specific year, model and application. The intended use of a Mustang is not the same as a Windstar. So Ford does not control those engines the same. Could you bolt up parts? In many cases the answer is yes. Would the engine run well? That answer is NO.

    My question would be why. Why take parts off of a vehicle that isn't the same year and model? Other than some long block parts, the rest of the engine and other items are built for rear wheel drive with electronic engine controls made for that specific year & model.

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    I appreciate your wisdom and insight. I was reading about people using the air intake off of windstars for mustangs and was just wondering if it worked in reverse. I'm not a mechanic, I'm a Marine so my skill set is completely different. Thank you again for your time educating the ignorant.

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