Originally posted by Melon
The stock 3.8L makes 140 HP unless you have a 96/97- then it's 145 I think. 89-93 SC's make 210 and 94/95 SC's make 230 HP.
The thing that I think annoys me the most is that the Windstars make so many more horses off the same size engine than we do. The 97 T-Bird makes 145 hp, the 94 makes 140, and the same year Windstar MINIVAN makes 200! I can't imagine that Ford would make two seperate blocks for our cars, and if the cylinders or the heads were different then the displacement would be different too, right? Where is all this extra HP coming from?
It could only be the intake, exhaust or the camshaft, right? Anything else would throw off the displacement, and it's not turbocharged or supercharged.
I think it's more sinister than just economy. I think it's this - the 4.6L Engine is rated at 205 hp, but if the stock v6 made 200, then who would pay a couple thousand more for the V8? So they dumbed down the v6 enough to make 60 extra ponies look attractive, but the windstar doesn't come in a v8, so they left that one full blown. I didn't see anything about the Windstar being OHC, but I guess that's possible.
If it's the same block, then it would stand to reason that you could just take the stock intake, cam, etc from the Windstar, and make 200 hp pretty cheap and easy. Why wouldn't this work?
Josh C -
97 Ford Thunderbird LX 3.8L