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Old 06-01-2017, 09:30 AM
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3.5 EcoBoost pretty much a direct bolt in to any 65-79 Truck

Anyone thinking of doing a 3.5 eco into any project the technology is now there to make this swap simple at a very reasonable cost vs even doing a proper rebuild on any ford v-8 along with a AOD upgrade.
Probably not any Ford platform the 3.5 eco cannot be adapted too.

1966 F250 I call Eco1

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On this project i integrated the F150 dash and electronics as this being my daily driver and wanted all the creature comforts.

Since I wanted it to be able to pull 10,000 lbs safely I also used electronics for Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control, Large 14" brakes with full ABS etc

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Getting close to 7000 miles since swap. Without question the best driving vehicle and most fun vehicle I have ever owned.

Its been on the drag strip, AutoCross and Road Trips (800 miles furthest so far) Its been fantastic to drive.

So anyone thinking about doing the swap into anything all I can say is go for it! 65-79 truck, 78 & up bronco etc. Drop one in your lawnmower or whatever you so chose. It can now easily be done.

With just a "Tune" I am making 420 HP and 532 lb ft of TQ at the wheels!

Under not so good conditions ran 13.03 @ 105 1/4 mile.

Did great on the AutoCross too. Just a fun daily
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Old 06-01-2017, 09:34 AM
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This one is Eco2

I have had it running but have not driven it yet.

This one is a 2015 3.5 Eco. It will be 180 deg from Eco1 with just enough electronics to make it run and drive. Just upgraded 8800 lb F250 disc brakes and a option to use the stock tire/wheel package or tire/wheel from a 2017 F250 (new truck take-offs)

Interior will be stock except the gauge package to run it all from the can bus.

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And of course there is always Eco2.7 LOL
Info on that swap soon . . 2015 2.7 with stop start in something OLD.

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So what is the price range on something like these. Considering one would be doing most of the install themselves, and already have a good roller.
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So what is the price range on something like these. Considering one would be doing most of the install themselves, and already have a good roller.
The first truck with 6430 miles on it was 3250.00 plus tax, auction fee's and the cost of fuel to go get it with a total just under 4000.00. I have sold over 1000.00 in part with a bunch left so total investment well under 3000.00. Thats cheaper than I can do a proper build on a 352 and Auto Trans. Then I get a free suspension, electronic steering, dash, gauges, steering column, large brakes with abs, full interior etc. Doing it this way simply cannot be beat if one is into saving $$ but want something nice to drive.

Eco2 Engine is a 2015 along with 6R80 and Transfer case was donated to project.

3rd truck a complete 2015 2.7 was bought for 2350.00 plus tax and fee's.

Best off to buy a complete truck then use what is needed and part out the rest.

I have seen junkyards start around 3000.00 for a unknown engine with wiring cut and other things butchered. Some here want 6500.00 for engine and trans package. The one I looked at the PCM was sold along with other electronics.

Even if one had to pay 10k for complete truck it would be better off in the long run. Unless of course one just wants engine and trans only. Still probably better for complete truck not hit in front.

'15 & up have much better packaging . .
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Is there a build thread somewhere? Also, where are you bidding on these trucks? I just finished getting all of the paperwork done for Copart auctions.
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No under hood pics....?
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IT appears to be a boom town out there in Arizona for getting crashed trucks. that is a great horse/tourque split on your engine, I an guessing it is the electronics manipulating the turbos that is doing that.
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Wow! This swap never occurred to me. This is a great alternative to an LS swap with similar amounts of modern, inexpensive power.

Can you elaborate on what electrical / tuning challenges you typically face with one of these projects?
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