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Originally Posted by waughoo View Post
Very cool @98se5speed ! Last we talked you were planning to part out the tan one. Good on ya for taking the time to do a fusion swap to save another wagon. Did you have as much trouble sourcing a good non-spanked engine this time? I remember when you did the blue one you had a rough time.

I'm also going to quote your picture right here... it is for THIS very reason that I love wagons. They drive like a sedan when you don't need the space, but convert into a small "box truck" when you want to haul something. FANTASTIC!!
Yeah, like a fool I felt bad sending such a clean wagon to the junkyard even if it is a lame beige/beige/automatic/base model. For $300 and my labor time, it can turn into a usable car and make me a few bucks. That is, if I ever get around to putting it back together. Been a slooooow process. As for buying the used engine, I certainly learned enough with the 2 engines I got for my car to know what's good and bad. All comes down to making sure the head gaskets are undamaged on the corners of the heads where they are visible. This one looked perfect.

Amusingly the engine in my blue wagon came home in a rental Kia Soul, then that engine propelled my car to pick up an engine for the tan wagon.


James - Ann Arbor, MI
2004 6 wagon (3 pedals ftw)
2004 MPV ES (family transport perfection)

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