Buckshot77
(Learned patience the hard way)
08/31/06 02:01 PM
Re: pulling my own 3L from a junk car...

I pulled one of my own engines and it wasn't necessarily a cakewalk and I've installed over a dozen engines in contours and cougars. The taurus has a bit different structure that you've got to work around, but most of that can be torched or sawzalled through to get it done quickly. You can hack the wiring harnesses since it's not being reused along with all the hoses, tubing, etc. The particular car I was working on all ready had the front clip off and the hood/fenders were gone as well. It still took me 3-4 solid hours just hacking away at everything. The longest part of the process was unbolting the torque converter from the trans. The bolts are a PITA to get to.

All in all, I'd say most of the time it's worth having the junkyard pull and prep the motor unless you have nothing better to do with your time.

Rick



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