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post #3 of (permalink) Old 06-28-2006
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Originally Posted by stangs&stripes
I need some help! I'm wanting to change out my 3.8 with a newer one! I'm wanting to put a 2000 3.8 in a 1997! Is this possible, I have been told its not! SOMEONE HELP!!!
There's two ways of going about it.

The block is the same, so you could just convert. you can pick up all the parts in a package at or

Or you could drop in the whole engine. If you drop in the engine you may have to change the bellhousing, but the only other thing you'll need is a programmer or just the 99+ computer.

It's a piece of cake.

The 5.0L swap will cost you a LOT more money, and I've beaten them with the minor mods I have. Of course the six doesn't have the torque of the 8, but too much torque is only good for roasting the tires.

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