Ideas

EcoBoost V6 with Standalone ECU as a Crate Motor

Ford Social Member, 4/19/2010

Ford did something wonderful for SEMA 2009 with the EcoBoost V6 powered 1934 Hot Rod. If you’re not familiar with it, look it up. I’m asking that we make that motor available to the rest of us as a crate motor (a motor available for purchase for use in project vehicles, classic cars receiving a new lease on life, etcetera).

The EcoBoost V6 is a wonderful idea; V8 power with V6 gas mileage. The hot rodding community has always embraced new ideas and many would love more economy while reducing the environmental footprint of classic cars in general. I personally want an EcoBoost V6 in my project vehicle.

We need Ford because the EcoBoost V6 is a modern engine requiring modern computer management. Ford did standalone engine management with the above mentioned 2009 SEMA ‘34 Hot Rod project. The work has been done, we just need to make it available to the rest of us.

There are few aftermarket enthusiast that will read this, but if you can appreciate the concept or even support reducing hot rodding’s environmental footprint, please vote this idea up.

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  • Ken White 2 months(s) ago
    J.T., I have a 3.7 in my 67 Mustang project car, it's being wired right now . I have the wiring harness , computer, gas pedal and mass air out of the donor vehicle. Don't forget the gas pedal, when you find the harness.
  • R. E. F 2 months(s) ago
    I have been searching for a salvage Eco Boost engine and trans for my '53 F100 cruiser. It is a great truck now, but I would love to swap it for the modern power train. A crate engine would be fantastic.
  • Jared P 4 months(s) ago
    Planning on a 3.5 Ecoboost swap into my 6 cyl. 50 Ford coupe.
  • J.T. Williams 5 months(s) ago
    I already have the N/A V6 with the 6R80 transmission installed in my 1961 Falcon. I'm missing the wiring and the wrecking yards I have contacted tell me the 3.7 engines W/ wiring harnesses are going out faster than the V-8's. Ford please help! I need a stand alone wiring harness!
  • A&E CUSTOMS 5 months(s) ago
    35DPRace :"I would love to put this in my 58 Studebaker Hawk" !
  • George F 5 months(s) ago
    Currently driving a 2013 F150 SCrew with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6.  I would love to drop this engine in a '66 E-Type Jaguar project car.
  • John L 6 months(s) ago
    my dream car has always been a 70-71 Cougar. I would love to rework the suspension and steering geometry and add an ecoboost 3.5. this would be a fun car.
  • brian 10 months(s) ago
    i've got a 1972 ford gran torino that i would love to power with an ecoboost engine
  • john bullard 1 year(s) ago
    come on ford, bring this out...
  • Jules J 1 year(s) ago
    I would love the EcoBoost motor for a Factory Five Racing car, that'd be sweeeet
  • piwright42 1 year(s) ago
    I LOVE this idea. I have been trolling for an Ecoboost V6 crate option for my 1956 Ford F100 for a couple of years now. Good horse power with less weight in front of the front axle line and a smaller environmental foot print is pure win in my book. I really hope Ford gives me less reason to look at V6 powered Mustangs as potential donors in the very near future. I hope Ford brings a crate tot he market soon. Otherwise you can look for me in a junk yard cannibalizing one those new 'stangs.
  • mark g 1 year(s) ago
    I want one in my 27 Ford T Touring, with a M82
  • C. Holt 1 year(s) ago
    C Holt I dream nite & day for that wonderful EcoBoost crate engine in my Bronco including the transmission & tranfer case!!!
  • andy torres 1 year(s) ago
    i really want an ecoboost crate motor to install in my stock unrestored 72 Bronco. ..Ford, want to install gratis as factory project? I live in SoCal, .5 mile away from NHRA Museum n Pomona Dragstrip and home to best bi-monthly swap meet in country! U install on your dime and i'll drive to any/all car events and promote on my time!
  • Randy 1 year(s) ago
    I installed one in a '66 F100 Pickup
  • 1 year(s) ago
    Ecoboost 4 and 6 cyl turbo engines are lighter smaller and easier stand alone fits in hot rods and kit cars across the board, especially for driver cars that actually get driven more than 4000 miles a year. Going green is the future and the smart choice to show the next gen of hod rodder.
  • Jon R 1 year(s) ago
    A lot of buzz about Ecoboost crate engine coming, I hope it happens!
  • John R 1 year(s) ago
    This makes perfect sense. Why not open up the aftermarket and project world to this great engine. The possibilities with this engine are almost endless.
  • Cliff 1 year(s) ago
    I would love to swap this into my lifted 1991 Ford Explorer.
  • Dominic 2 year(s) ago
    I would love to put that combo into my 1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe. The torque and horsepower upgrade would be fantastic. I would also want the auto trans for good takeoffs.
  • rod 2 year(s) ago
    I would love a 2003 f150 with v6 ecoboost retrofit.rod
  • Dave 2 year(s) ago
    Environmental footprint? Are you serious? With those three words you drove away anyone that might have been interested. People are seriously looking at this engine for the power potential, not"environmental footprint." Ford already has something in the works count on it. It was considered for the mustang, and the net is alive with discussions of possible engine swaps. You can have a clean running vehicle, or a lopey fuel smelling hot rod if you wish. Hot rods are the least of our problems. Al Gores 15,000 sq ft home is a energy nightmare, not someones hot rod. Keep the global warming histeria/lies to yourself.
  • Curtis T 2 year(s) ago
    I would like to upgrade my 2010 F150 to an ecoboost engine.
  • Michael L 2 year(s) ago
    The only reason I can fathom Ford having not done this already is they KNOW demands oytweighs their capacity to make them ... Sign me up for a pair!
  • Jeremy Chapman 2 year(s) ago
    Would love to see some of the new ecoboost engines available as crate engines. I have a '51 Merc pickup and the only crate engines available seem to be giant gas guzzers with too much HP for a classic vehicle. An ecoboost would be great!
  • Keith Wollenberg 2 year(s) ago
    Another vote for making the 2.0L I4 ecoboost available as a crate engine. A version configured for longitudinal mounting would even better.
  • Matthew Phillips 2 year(s) ago
    YES! DO It ford XD make the 2.0 I4 available as well.
  • Matthew 2 year(s) ago
    Would make a great swap for my 1969 Bronco.
  • 2 year(s) ago
    I have been looking for something like this for my 2011 Jeep. I have been wanting to swap in the 3.5 ecoboost and get ride of my 3.8 mini-van engine that bogs when ever the road isn't flat. I found some motors but wonder what to do about the wiring and harness.
  • Billy Babb 2 year(s) ago
    I want one for my 79 Bronco!
  • Graham 2 year(s) ago
    I want this engine so badly in my 1992 ford bronco! Lightweight and powerful engine, in a relatively lightweight truck compared to what that engine has to power today in the current F150. Plus I might get 25 highway mpg too!
  • John Bremer 2 year(s) ago
    I would like to have one in my Mustang based kit car.
  • Shane Hill 2 year(s) ago
    Make it available! I'd put one in my 65 mustang in a heartbeat!
  • jonathon Den Beste 2 year(s) ago
    This is what I want for my old Scout2
  • james meredith 2 year(s) ago
    amen to this idea!! drop it over into a ranger, older explorer, id love one in a cougar.
  • Will Call 2 year(s) ago
    I would definitely buy it and place it in my 98 Explorer.
  • Jim 2 year(s) ago
    ME TOO! Love the rumble of my 302 in the 66Mustang in my garage, but I actually drive it in the Summer--- and in the lightweight body with the T5 (or 6spd manual, if I could get it), the mileage should be great!
  • Dean Harris 3 year(s) ago
    Come on Ford ! Cut us loose with this engine ! My 2001 Jeep Wrangler is waiting for this transplant !
  • Bill 3 year(s) ago
    I need one to put in a ford ranger prerunner desert racer nao
  • Mark Godwin 3 year(s) ago
    This is the target engine for my 27 T hot rod project. I could see Falcon Rancheros, British sports cars (Sunbeam Alpine would be way cool) and expecially early Mustangs. Come on Ford!
  • Dan M. 3 year(s) ago
    Awesome idea. This would be a good motor to swap into pretty much anything. Rangers, Mustangs, Older Ford Pickups, Hot Rod, etc. Plus it would put some competion onto Chevy with their whole E Rod setup that they are doing. If they could get the emission certification it would allow our Cali bothers to get some good Ford power.
  • John Richardson 3 year(s) ago
    I would buy a crate ecoboost engine with stand alone engine management. OR, If just the standalone harness and computer was available, it would be possible to get one from a wrecked F150. I would like to swap this into my 1994 Lightning.
  • Strider 3 year(s) ago
    I have a jeep commander with a HEMI I would like to swap for a ecoboost along with a ford trans.
  • Michael Lyle 3 year(s) ago
    I too would buy an Ecoboost crate motor if available.
  • Matt Fen 3 year(s) ago
    I think there is an untapped market for a crate motor ECU solution for these small powerful motors. I have been searching high and low looking at all these cool modern light v6 but how to do it stand alone? I have several old english cars that really need new power. Make the ECU and buyers can get the motors from ebay salvage yards if not Ford. It is green on green. They should do the ecoboost and the 3.0-3.5 Duratec. Pleeese! Cheers Matt
  • dale turner 3 year(s) ago
    i would love an ecoboost for bluford, my blue 54 f-100 i have owned 37 years.
  • Anthony T 3 year(s) ago
    I got a 67 F-100, that would love an economical and powerful engine in it! Love to see one available as a crate option!
  • John Allen 4 year(s) ago
    I have a 71 Torino fastback that needs an ecoboost. Plain and simple. Where do I sign up. I would buy one right now if I could.
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