i have a 97 3.8 and i am getting a sc that needs a lot of work. i was wondering if i could put the supercharger parts on my car. will the internals hold up or would i be wasting my time? hit me back, dan.
ok ok i've got the best possible solution for you:
swap a splitport 4.2L in, save money, save gas, get good results.
or, if you're feeling cheap, simply buy a splitport 3.8L. They are common and CHEAP. (the 4.2Ls are harder to find and generally more expensive but you do get more hp)
get a 03-04 windstar intake (the 1999-2002 intakes are PLASTIC and are to be avoided at all costs), or F-150 intake. Port-match the Windstar intake.
oh, and pull the 5-speed gearbits out of the SC. (if it is a 5spd, if not, keep your 4R70W)
and pull the SC's 8.8 rear diff.
and the driveshaft.
and the halfshafts.
and the springs.
and the swaybars.
pull SC 8-way adj. power seats.
install parts in your car.
put your parts (springs, sway bars, d/s, rear diff, automatic gearbox) onto the SC.
race gutted SC.
that said, SCs are such a bastard. I owned one, and while it was the fastest car I have ever owned in my life, good jesus, was it a BASTARD to work on. It died when the N/A 3.8L bottom end that was in it happened to snap the crankshaft at the #1 cylinder under boost. That was a sad day. If I had the chance, I'd do it all over again, too. But I'm happy with 4.6L now.. even though it isn't what the 3.8L was. and gets crappier mileage.
Actually, from what I read, you can get SC like numbers by just doing a splitport swap to your N/A motor. From there you can put in a cam during the swap and a SCT chip for more go. If you watch what intake you put on, you can go back with a Vortech or a turbo for even more insanity.
A split port swap will not get SC hp numbers. The 89-93 SC was rated at 215 hp while the 94-95 were at 230 hp.
A split port Mustang was rated at 190-200 hp.
Cammed and chipped with a few other bolt ons has resulted in about 230-250 hp for most Mustang V6 owners.
A 94-95 SC with a 89-93 %10 overdrive pulley will reach that power level. Add exhaust, larger TB and MAF and cold air etc., and you will be between 280-300 hp. The major difference though will be the torque. While big hp is nice, it's big torque that rocks.
Most don't realize that torque is what gets a car to about 3/4 of the way down the quarter mile.
My mildly modded LX pulls pretty decent of the line, but my bro's heavily modded SC literally sucks you back in the seat.
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