Bought this wagon for a good price on March 7, 2015. Didn't think I was buying another project car, but I did. I guess it explains the low price.
For the initial story on buying this car and everything I did to try to get it to run right with the original engine, see this thread
This thread is dedicated to installing my new 08 Fusion engine (12k miles, $400) and general mods and improvements I perform from here out.
After 7 days of driving around with a spare Fusion engine in the back of my Montana, I finally got it out of the van last night (May-14).
While it was on the hook, I pulled the exhaust manifolds, PS pump, and started removing wiring and such that I won't need.
I was hoping the manifolds would have some ebay value, but the front one is cracked and the rear one got slightly crushed with a bit of catalyst dust visible in the exit pipe. Ah well.
Since I had the upper intake off, I decided to lay it next to my 6 intake for comparison. Aside from 1 extra sensor seen in the upper left of the Fusion manifold, they're identical. So now I have a spare to grind on and modify for the 3.7 TB upgrade
Speaking of throttle bodys, I compared the 6 and Fusion units. Other than the poke-yoke rib being on opposite sides, the connector is identical. I trimmed the rib off the Fusion TB, plugged it into my car, and it did nothing. Hopefully I didn't mess it up. Plugged my stock TB back in, worked normally. I plan to look at some 6 vs. Fusion wiring diagrams, maybe it's an easy mod to move a few wires and get the Fusion 3.0 TB working. Worth a shot.
That was about it for night 1. The MPV laughs at its Duratech-eating cousins. I checked the oil last night since I know it's due for a change. In 4500 miles since the last change, which included ~2000 miles of towing a ~2000 lb trailer, it lost about a quart. This is with 193k on the clock. Damn I love that van.
More to come... soon I hope.