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1989 was a weird time

Ford had a new toy in the late 80s, the 3.0 Yamaha V6. We all know where it ended, but why they had it in the first place was due to a stillborn project called the GN34. But do we know why it was canceled, or what else the V6 nearly powered?

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So what was it that killed the GN34 project? The Ford Explorer. Yes the SUV was becoming the statement vehicle for all urban and suburbanite buyers and Ford didn’t want to miss the opportunity. So they canceled the deal with Roush to build a mid-engine car to make sure that soccer moms everywhere could back over the landscaping with the confidence and surefootedness of a 4WD vehicle.

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So what to do with the outstanding order of 3.0L V6s ready and waiting from Yamaha?

Well, Ford had a few ideas. The most well known is the Taurus SHO. I won’t linger on the details, but to say it was a popular success among enthusiasts would be an understatement. Around this time, Ford began to think of other projects to drop these engines into. The engineers, seemingly, really liked the modern V6 over the then-current, dogged 5.0L. With the SCCA RaceTruck Challenge happening, and rumors of turbocharged Sonomas in the works on the other side of town, Ford thought, ‘Hey, maybe we should stick these 220 HP fire-breathers into our compact truck and see what the people think.”

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And they did just that. Here is the clippings of a quick article:

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Thought I would share. Happy Friday!

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