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Gone
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join:2011-01-24
Fort Erie, ON
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reply to dirtyjeffer

Re: Replaced the Impala

The 3800 is a 12 valve pushrod engine. It's the same engine, except for very minor upgrades, in 2008 as it was in 1988. Seriously. It's old.

That 3L you had in your Taurus wasn't a Vulcan. It would have had to be a Duratec. The Vulcan only had 12 valves, though like GM Ford used that engine from the mid-80s well into the late 2000s because it was a solid beast that worked well. The Vulcan in my Topaz would have only been rated for 140hp, for some reason I always thought it was more. Even the late-2000s Vulcans were only good for a bit more hp than they were 20 years earlier.


dirtyjeffer
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yea, my Taurus had the Duratec V6...and it isn't just this engine...Ford still uses that 207hp 4.0L V6 dog in their Ranger forever...they make a 305hp 3.7 V6 (used in the Mustang), yet still use that old dud in the Ranger.


Gone
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Wasn't the 4L the Windsor? Or was that the Essex? One was 4L, the other was 3.5L.

Heh, just noticed - Windsor and Essex. Go figure.

Edit - the 4L was the Cologne. The Windsors were V8s. And the Essex was 3.8L, not 3.5.

telco_mtl

join:2012-01-06
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said by Gone:

The 3800 is a 12 valve pushrod engine. It's the same engine, except for very minor upgrades, in 2008 as it was in 1988. Seriously. It's old.

so old gm built it as a low buck replacement for a V8 in the 60s. they sold the tooling to AMC and eventually bought it back. there were oilpans stamped with the AMC logo into the 90s in 3800 gms