Originally Posted by Blown Ford
^^^^^Agreed!!! No offense. As anyone can see I am all for mods and performance but that motor is not designed for performance. Its an efficent cost friendly full size truck. Trade to a 5.4 or the above mentioned trucks and go from there.
You should probably know some facts about the Essex V6 engine before you start bashing it.
The block can handle upwards of 900hp. You can put the s/c off an 03/04 cobra on it and safely run 350rwhp.... which is a rather large bump from the 200/250 that the 4.2 version puts down stock.
I own a 99 Mustang with the 3.8 V6, it also has the Eaton M112 from the terminator installed. Hoping for 300rw with the stock motor and somewhere near or exceeding 400 when I build the 4.2 I have and drop it in. So dont tell me the motor isnt designed for performance.
I also own a 06 F150 w/ the 5.4 and I would take the 3.8 over that boat anchor any day of the week.