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Old 10-22-2011, 11:35 AM
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3.8 GM into Ford Falcon?

Has anyone seen or have experiance with a GM 3.8 into a early Ford Falcon or Mustang?

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No, and WHY would you want to?!

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I saw a '63 Fairlane with a Ford 3.8 T-Bird turbo motor,nice fit.
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Fords 3.8 is a known for head warping gasket blowing failures. It also isn't as easy on fuel as the Buick 3.8.
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Neither engine was a great one untill you get to the stage 3 buick.If it were my falcon I would find a SB ford to put in it. If you really want economy and not to worried bout 1/4 mile acceleration, then get a 2.3 (ford) and a manual trans and work it over a little. They are pretty simple engines and parts are still readily available.
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An automatic trans is paramount to this build, as is an economical to run engine, and cheap to insure.
No v8's for this build, no turbos, etc. Just a daily driver for a handicapped 16 year old girl to drive.
My parents had an late 80's Buick LeSabre with the 3.8 v6.
It had decent power for the size and intent of the vehicle.
Fuel economy was low 30's hiway.
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How about going with EFI? You could probably use the entire drive train from a 3.0L Ranger. It'd make decent power and get good economy.
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An automatic trans is paramount to this build, as is an economical to run engine, and cheap to insure.
No v8's for this build, no turbos, etc. Just a daily driver for a handicapped 16 year old girl to drive.
My parents had an late 80's Buick LeSabre with the 3.8 v6.
It had decent power for the size and intent of the vehicle.
Fuel economy was low 30's hiway.
A 2.3 automatic from a mustang or fairmont would be a good choice.
The buick would be OK as would the ford 3.8.
I guess it is whatever you have to run that dictates what you run.Or am I wrong?Are you looking for a motor to buy?Does the car have an engine in it?
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The car will be receiving a modern efi engine and od trans.

I am curious about the possible fitment problems with the Buick engine into the Falcon engine compartment.
Width of engine, oil pan sump location problems, engine height problems?

Once a plan of attack is decided on then I will purchase a donor vehicle to provide the drive train.

If I decide to use the GM 3.8 I plan on finding a 90's F-body for a donor.
If I decide to use a Ford 3.8 I plan on finding a mid-late 90's Mustang donor.
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What about an efi Ford 4.0? They are great engines and good on fuel. Plus they are easy to find. I know you said a V8 was out but the Ford 4.6 Mod engine is also a great engine. I average high 20s for milage on my big Mercury with a 4.6. They are easy to find and cheap.
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