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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-09-2006, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Talking things i can do to a 3.8 for power on a budget

ok i want to buikd a motor for my bird i have a 96 3.8l and i want to stay in a budget of 2000-2500 i will do all the work my self i can bore hone and basically anything else i need i am currently in college getting my A.S. in auto technology

i have acces to lifts and all the the tools i need

i would tlike to build the bottom and top end

in the future i plan on supercharging

does anyone know of any links i can goto to finds parts for my engine or will all the internals for a mustange 3.8 fit?

thanks for all the help in advance
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-10-2006, 12:04 AM
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If you plan on supercharging, I would reccomend getting a Supercoupe bottom end. I'm not sure just how much stronger the SC block is, but they are supposed to be stronger than the N/A versions. Or, go look around, they've got all kind of V6 parts. Best of luck with your 3.8, and welcome to the TCCoA


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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-10-2006, 12:08 AM
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I'd look into a splitport 3.8 or 4.2. You'd get a big boost of HP using one of those, then you can add a vortech later for more power then you'd probably ever get from the single port
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-10-2006, 10:18 AM
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Check out for some setups. There are a lot of guys over there who are into 3.8/4.2 tech (and I mean hard core).

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-11-2006, 01:10 PM
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youe engine is 99% the same as a 96' Mustang V6, the only difference is the exhaust manifolds (for fitting different chassis). As-is your engine is good for 10psi boost with a safe tune. Mine still running great with 25,000 miles of vortech abuse Personally I would start with finding a used 3.8L mustang supercharger kit, 30# injectors, 02' GT MAF, 4.2L truck sparkplug wires, and an SCT X-cal2 and enjoy a high-mid 14 second car with no other changes. Could easily be done for under 2500$ if you don't mind making a intake tube for the Vortech (mustang one won't fit) and moving the Coil pack (to allow room for the intake tube you make).
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