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  • Ricky's Stallion 3L Build!

    So long story short I spun a rod bearing on my 2.5 and just replaced the bearings so I could drive it temporarily til my school semester was over. It got rid of most of the noise except for a faint knock but now it's summer, the semester is over and...

    IT'S TIME FOR A 3-LITER SWAP!!!!

    I am an engine swap virgin so I am going to be taking it step by step but after doing some research and pricing, I do have a plan of action...

    First thing is to remove my old engine topthrough the and clean up the bay. As for the new engine, I still have yet to find a replacement engine, but I would like to try and get a 3L from an escape at a yard... I would like to swap the SVT cams into the 3L but am not quite sure if i want to do that now or just do the full 3L and wait to use the SVT cams until I boost it later. I still have time to decide that but I know for sure I do not want to port it now due to time and cost and possible problems I may face, but I'd like to later also when I boost. My goal right now is to get a 3L and get my baby running again!



    Some other things I would like to take care of while the engine is out...
    • Swapping in an 01/02 cougar?? tranny that I bought from Mystique_95 to fix my grind issue and will repair my shift cables at the same time.
    • Upgrade the headers-- possibly MSDS
    • Fix my pulsating lights that has to do with alternator wiring
    • Replace my loud and failing power steering system
    • Replace my spark plugs and wires
    • Poly fill my roll restrictors and mounts... i dont want to go to hard and cause a lot of vibration though at idle
    • Install audi sidemarkers for some flair...
    • repaint/repair the body of the car
    What I would like to do when I have more time and money is...
    • redo whole exhaust system with the headers I am doing now but add a magnaflow cat back
    • upgrade the rods and bearings
    • add a turbocharger
    • rework some of my sound system
    • Port match the engine or set it up with an ST220 intake
    • Install a new suspension (Preferably BAT Euro Kit)
    • Upgrade the brake system
    I plan to start to pull the engine sometime next week. I will take pictures as I go. If anyone has any suggestions or thoughts or tips dont be afraid to chime in because I am sure I may have some questions as I go through with this build!!

    Also if anyone has any parts I may be looking for or if they can point me in a right (and cheap) direction!

    Pics and updates to follow...
    Stallion"---1998.5 Contour SVT #5736 in Ebony Black/Midnight Blue ***8/28/13 3L style!*** Build/swap HERE!!!
    "Chloe"---1997 Plymouth Neon in Deep Amethyst Pearlcoat
    "Blueberry" ---2005 Saturn Vue in Blue
    "Lassie" ---2010 Taurus Limited in Candy Red

  • #2
    So the build is officially underway... I have some pics too!
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    Stallion"---1998.5 Contour SVT #5736 in Ebony Black/Midnight Blue ***8/28/13 3L style!*** Build/swap HERE!!!
    "Chloe"---1997 Plymouth Neon in Deep Amethyst Pearlcoat
    "Blueberry" ---2005 Saturn Vue in Blue
    "Lassie" ---2010 Taurus Limited in Candy Red

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    • #3
      Sorry for the quaility, I have to rerun through photoshop at some point or you can check out my fb!
      Stallion"---1998.5 Contour SVT #5736 in Ebony Black/Midnight Blue ***8/28/13 3L style!*** Build/swap HERE!!!
      "Chloe"---1997 Plymouth Neon in Deep Amethyst Pearlcoat
      "Blueberry" ---2005 Saturn Vue in Blue
      "Lassie" ---2010 Taurus Limited in Candy Red

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      • #4
        I think i remember seeing you drive this car on rt 78 in allentown. Good luck with the swap. If you need help, there's a few of us local to you...
        98 Contour SE Duratec MTX w/ SVT upgrades
        99 F-150 4x4 4.2/5-speed
        98 SVT Contour
        93 Shadow ES Convertible 3.0/5-speed
        93 Duster 3.0/5-speed

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        • #5
          Is you car on stands up front and dollys in the back?
          Silver Frost 1998 Contour SVT
          3.0L Vortech Power is coming
          Plate : T1000

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 98 Contour View Post
            I think i remember seeing you drive this car on rt 78 in allentown. Good luck with the swap. If you need help, there's a few of us local to you...
            Thanks and yea that was me on I78 between my house and NCC... Only about 30 miles or so one way.

            Originally posted by Dieschwarzung View Post
            Is you car on stands up front and dollys in the back?
            Yes it is but only temporarily. I don't plan on doing any serious under car work like that. Most of the stuff I'm doing right now is on the top. I left the dollies in just in case I have to swing the rear of the car anymore while in the garage but I doubt I will have too.
            Stallion"---1998.5 Contour SVT #5736 in Ebony Black/Midnight Blue ***8/28/13 3L style!*** Build/swap HERE!!!
            "Chloe"---1997 Plymouth Neon in Deep Amethyst Pearlcoat
            "Blueberry" ---2005 Saturn Vue in Blue
            "Lassie" ---2010 Taurus Limited in Candy Red

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            • #7
              I'd be careful. Those dollys can roll and if they move at all the car can fall off the stands. That is why you always put it in gear and put the E-brake on when you jack the car up.
              Visit: 3LDuratec.com for a prepped 3L ready to drop in!

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              • #8
                Yes I know they can roll the stands thats why I only had them there for a little. But I'm taking a break for today anyway!!! I am going out tonight and I am kind of annoyed that I am having trouble dropping the radiator out. Its keeps getting hung up on itself or the a/c radiator... so ill just chill and not force anything. hopefully ill figure it out!
                Stallion"---1998.5 Contour SVT #5736 in Ebony Black/Midnight Blue ***8/28/13 3L style!*** Build/swap HERE!!!
                "Chloe"---1997 Plymouth Neon in Deep Amethyst Pearlcoat
                "Blueberry" ---2005 Saturn Vue in Blue
                "Lassie" ---2010 Taurus Limited in Candy Red

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bigboyricky93 View Post
                  Yes I know they can roll the stands thats why I only had them there for a little. But I'm taking a break for today anyway!!! I am going out tonight and I am kind of annoyed that I am having trouble dropping the radiator out. Its keeps getting hung up on itself or the a/c radiator... so ill just chill and not force anything. hopefully ill figure it out!
                  I think its possible to remove the motor from the top without removing the radiator. If so, I'd leave it till the motor is out.
                  98 Contour SE Duratec MTX w/ SVT upgrades
                  99 F-150 4x4 4.2/5-speed
                  98 SVT Contour
                  93 Shadow ES Convertible 3.0/5-speed
                  93 Duster 3.0/5-speed

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                  • #10
                    Haha in the ten minutes i came inside I had an epiphany and did some quick research. Well anyway I decided to run back out to the garage and try something different and it worked under five minutes so I got the radiator and fan shroud out of the way.

                    ^^It is possible to remove the motor without removing the radiator as others have done it, but I have large hands so its tight for me and because I am an engine removal virgin (this is my first one ever on any car) I decided I didnt want to risk damaging the SVT radiator which you cant get anymore and give myself some more clearance.

                    But today in the few hours I got to work today, I got quite a bit out of the way and want to have everything disconected by sunday just short of the axles and the last two motor mounts. Haha sorry if I move slower than others but I want to take my time and not make mistakes! I am only 19 years old and working in my parents garage so I dont have a lot of funds to cover for mistakes.

                    Thanks for the advice tho everyone I really do appreciate it as to being new to this and all!
                    Stallion"---1998.5 Contour SVT #5736 in Ebony Black/Midnight Blue ***8/28/13 3L style!*** Build/swap HERE!!!
                    "Chloe"---1997 Plymouth Neon in Deep Amethyst Pearlcoat
                    "Blueberry" ---2005 Saturn Vue in Blue
                    "Lassie" ---2010 Taurus Limited in Candy Red

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                    • #11
                      Please be careful:

                      http://www.contour.org/ceg-vb/showth...464#post927464
                      *CLICK HERE ---> 1995 SE 3L WITH MATCHING TRAILER <--- CLICK HERE*
                      30 Contour / Mystiques and counting......

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                      • #12
                        Oh yes sir. I am. I read that post about a year or so ago and everytime I go under the car, I do actually think about it. When ever I go under, I always let someone in the house know and I also will shove on the car and jackstands from all directions. (even after letting it sit for an hour to make sure it hasnt settled. If it is the slightest bit not sitting right I would rather know before than later. This isnt my first time under a car. Thanks for the concern!
                        Stallion"---1998.5 Contour SVT #5736 in Ebony Black/Midnight Blue ***8/28/13 3L style!*** Build/swap HERE!!!
                        "Chloe"---1997 Plymouth Neon in Deep Amethyst Pearlcoat
                        "Blueberry" ---2005 Saturn Vue in Blue
                        "Lassie" ---2010 Taurus Limited in Candy Red

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                        • #13
                          So the update is as follows, what I have currently done is...

                          • depressurized fuel line
                          • removed battery, tray, and relocated power distribution box
                          • removed whole air intake (filter, maf, accordion tube etc.)
                          • removed coil pack
                          • removed radiator and fans for extra room
                          • removed the computer wiring bundle behind the power steering pump
                          • disconnected the two UIM vacuum lines
                          • disconnected VSS, clutch line, and transmission ground from the transmission
                          • removed serpentine belt
                          • removed A/C electrical connector

                          Things yet to do..
                          • remove compressor from block and tie to subframe
                          • disconnect fuel lines
                          • remove shifter cables
                          • remove throttle bracket w/cables
                          • disconnect power steering lines
                          • remove cooling system tubes that are entwined with the A/C system tubes that may pose a problem when pulling engine
                          • removing lower engine/tranny mounts
                          • pulling axles and disconnecting associated suspension/driveline components
                          • FINALLY removing the engine
                          I think that should be all I need to do based on my research I've done... If it is not or I am missing something please chime in! It will probably save me some headaches and swearing later on!
                          Stallion"---1998.5 Contour SVT #5736 in Ebony Black/Midnight Blue ***8/28/13 3L style!*** Build/swap HERE!!!
                          "Chloe"---1997 Plymouth Neon in Deep Amethyst Pearlcoat
                          "Blueberry" ---2005 Saturn Vue in Blue
                          "Lassie" ---2010 Taurus Limited in Candy Red

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                          • #14
                            looking at your list....

                            disconnecting the fuel lines requires a special tool. http://www.contour.org/ceg-vb/showth...l+line+removal

                            Before I discovered how to do this, I found it easier to take off the UIM and unbolt the fuel rail.. this makes it possible to tie it up out of the way.

                            .. just a heads up so you don't get stuck at that point .... G.
                            ST24. LPG, 2001 ST200 motor, 65mm P&P'd TB, 80mm MAF, headers, lowered, sway bars and strut braces, 300/278mm brakes, 3.51 FD 3.0L tranny, Torsen, Fidanza.... Vortech nearly completed.

                            WANTED; Custom gauge guru for ST200 overlay job... pm me..

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                            • #15
                              So after hours of work, other commitments, getting the neon fixed up for inspection, and sadly the passing of my grandmother (who will be deeply missed) I today have finally been able to get back to work on the swap. As of today all work is done for getting ready to pull the engine out except for the passenger axle and strut and the motor mounts. Then it will be ready to pull.

                              Thanks for the advice Gorman, but I had a fuel line kit that works on many brands of cars.. Only took a minute!

                              But I have decided to go for a port-matched setup using the svt cams and timing components and I am in the process of getting a Taurus/sable engine instead. I have been searching for a good thread on a port matched setup but haven't found any yet... So i am trying to compile all of my information together from all the threads I can find. I have already bought the Bugzuki plates and they are on the way.
                              Stallion"---1998.5 Contour SVT #5736 in Ebony Black/Midnight Blue ***8/28/13 3L style!*** Build/swap HERE!!!
                              "Chloe"---1997 Plymouth Neon in Deep Amethyst Pearlcoat
                              "Blueberry" ---2005 Saturn Vue in Blue
                              "Lassie" ---2010 Taurus Limited in Candy Red

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