98 cammed 3.8 build

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    I bought my car around two or three months ago with absolutely no plans of building it haha
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    Put some new headlights in it to get rid of the ugly faded ebay halos that it had.
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    Put an 8.8 rear end with 3.73s in it. Made a huge difference and made it way more fun to drive.
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    Then one very unfortunate day i was riding down the interstate and then engine made a loud popping noise and abbruptly turned itself off... It died.
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    So instead of pulling my engine out and fixing it i went to the junkyard and got a block from a 00 v6 mustang
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    And then proceeded to rebuild it from the bottom up
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    I got about this far and a good friend told me to put the 4.2 cam in it and i said screw it if im going to change the cam then I'm going to not take one out of a junk truck.
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    Then finally i said why not do the windstar intake while I'm already here. Heres a picture with it sittine on it but I still have to paint it before I bolt it down.
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    This is as far as ive gotten so far. We need to move my friend/coworker/boss's car out of the shop so we can beging pulling my old engine and swap them out.
     
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    My car is actually a 98. I don't know how I messed up and put 96.
     
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    Very cool, should be a fun ride when you're finished
     
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    Fixed the title for you!

    Did you do any porting?

    Looks like a good build though. Any plans for boost?
     
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    No, no porting and no plans for boost. My original plan was to buy another body to put then enigne into because my convertible was wrecked and NONE of the body panels line up correctly. But last weekend while looking for a body i stumbled across a 95 GT roller for $300 so now im going to sell my v6 when its all done and build a nice 5.0 engine.
     
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    This is the new one i picked up. The body is all straight execpt for some bondo spots that will be sanded before i get it painted. Its already got a $400 fiberglass hood and a built rear end with 4.56s in it. (The rear end is for sale if anyone wants it btw)
     
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    what an abrupt change of plans!
     
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    You may want to hold up proceeding with the engine and back track a little. Figure out whats the highest compression ratio most 3.8l guys go with on the stock cams and bump yours up a little. You gonna run 91+octane and gears anyway. Might as well utilize the cam profile benefits.
     
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    Read the thread lol. He is no longer building a v6
     
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    HAHA I know it is. It's all happening pretty quick right now. I should be picking up a running 5.0 engine and a trans next weekend but im still unsure. I will continue to update this build thread until it is complete and sold though.
     
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    Finally Its time to start with the swap.

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    Please Dont mind the GT rear bumper it was there when i got the car XD

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    My Coworker and I beginning to lift the old engine out.

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    Whoo Hoo!

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    Hey look someone was sweet enough to go into this thing before and replace the casting plugs.

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    Too bad the popping noise i heard when the car broke down was one of them firing out of my head.

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    Well I pulled the head off that had the blown out casting plug and found an exploded piston. :D

    It got so hot that the upper ring land blew off.

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    Damn! Went south in a hurry!
     
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    Yeah deffinately one of the craziest things ive seen after opening an engine up.
     
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    Yesterday getting the new engine ready to go in. Exhaust manifolds, motor mounts ect.

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    And Its in :)

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    Ok so I know its been a while since i've put anything up here. Idk what happened but i got the engine in and lost all hope and just got bored with it but now im back and ready to have this project done with.

    I spliced together the old and new fuel rail so that i could still have my return line.

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    Now i just have to fab up a block off plate for the fuel pressure regulator. Then i can start with the windstar intake that i have. :)