I am in need of a new engine for my Bird. I have recently acquired this car and was formulating a mod plan based on the Three Degrees of Power thread. My first mod was going to be to replace the seats since I was tired of the ones in my last Bird which I had for about 10 years. Then start on the engine, do a manual trans transplant, rear disk brake conversion, suspension upgrade, rear end with a locker... Then it threw a rod. So, plan B. Start with the engine. After trying to learn about the 3.8L my first thought was to get a '96 Windstar engine; I know this is a FWD engine but from what I read you can use it in RWD applications if you use the 3.0L bell housing. It is a split port engine with more HP and torque than the one used in the Birds, and it would be the same year as my car. After doing some more reading I think I have decided a '98 F-150 4.2L swap is the better way to go. I have read the 4.2L Swap thread but it seems kind of old. Is there any more experience out there with doing this swap? Any other opinions? Any other advice?
My current Bird is a '96, very nice red paint job, the interior is almost new, it has 47,000 something miles on it, 46,000 something when I got it.
Currently '96 3.8L with a broken piston/thrown rod
Gone, but not forgotten, Silver '96 4.6L