I'm looking to gauge the interest in a performance 2.9L engine. Mild build would include high volume oil pump, high compression pistons, ported heads, matched intake, etc.
Higher build would include turbo, world product cast heads, possibly a standalone engine management
Would you buy something like this? How interested and how willing to pay would you be? PM me for a price point if you'd like, just looking to get some feedback on this idea I had. Would there be more interest in a 4.0 version?
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I have a Ranger with the 2.9L and while it ran OK stock I know enough about the Ford Colonge V6 that it is not a 'performance" engine.
I rebuilt 2 - 2.8L v6 engines that came in the German Capir's back in the 70"s. I was disapointed in the results. The one with a mild cam ran no better then stock and the other ran good only at high RPM.
In Europe they did get they to run well but in this day & age with 4 vlave per cylinder engines that old v6 is just an iron lump. Easy & cheap is a 302 swap with a T-5 using junk yard parts.
I have a 4.0L v6 in my Aerostar, and I would be interested in some kind of performance upgrade for it that would fit in the tight engine compartment. So that means mods that do not take up any more space, like replacement throttle body, intake, OHV heads, cam, headers, and exhaust system; no superchargers or turbochargers, or OHC heads.
There used to be a company called 4.0 Performance that did amazing performance mods to that engine, and sold some parts for it. I spoke to one of their representatives once, and he provided a tip for minor improvements that I have yet to try out. But unfortunately, they do not exist anymore, probably due to lack of a market.
I think BBK (Brother's Performance) may still sell a supercharger and other parts for it for use in Rangers or Explorers.
If you have the room, I would install a 302 instead of trying to soup up a v6. It will be much easier and cheaper, and you can be guaranteed continued availability of parts.
If you blew the head gasket on the stock engine, you will blow it even faster with a super charger. I think the problem is that the way the coolant passages are shaped, the heads just do not provide enough clamping on the gaskets. So more combustion pressure just makes it worse.
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