We have a 87, with the original 3.8 still kicking
. While it still motivates the wife to and fro, its developed many issues. leak's, Blow by, and low oil pressure as one might expect from a unit almost 30 yrs. old.
I have given thought to pursuing a used 3.8 with lower mileage, but the recyclers in the area all ask what year of car and such. Are there other vehicles I might inquire about in such a search, that they wouldnít cross reference automatically?
Changing manifolds, oil pickups/pans, and accessories all might be within our doable price range, if we can find a sound long block from a donor. Seems the 3.8 has been though many slight transformations through its long history.
Found one complete unit in a car, but itís a 86. My guess is that it would need a rebuild as well, but the $525 is baiting.
For reference, Iím located in Alaska. Not a lot of old thunderbirds still in one piece up here to pick from, but I found it odd that from three local recyclers, only one complete 3.8 popped up.
Our 87, has the Automatic w/ overdrive. AOD?. CFI .
IM not required, currently.
Might a early 289, 302 or Winsor 351 bolt to this transmission?
Would the front need to be re-sprung, to hold a V-8 swap?
Thank you, for your time & thoughts