Will a Intake Manifold for a 1996 model year work?

Tiny
TEDSHRED09
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  • 1994 LINCOLN TOWN CAR
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  • 2WD
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  • 150,000 MILES
I need to get a new intake manifold. I'm having a hard time finding a new manifold for a 1994 model year. Will a manifold for a 1996 model year work?
Friday, July 21st, 2023 AT 8:18 PM

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Tiny
STEVE W.
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No. Ford changed the design of the manifold on the newer version of that engine. Yours has the throttle body mounted to an elbow at the rear of the intake while the newer intakes mount it on the center on top, images attached show the difference. You would be looking for a Ford F4AZ9424C intake. If you look in the Ford catalog, they show that it fits variants of the TC up to 2000, however that is misleading as in reality those are "new" vehicles, but they are built on the older designed engine and chassis. Basically, the upfitters knew that Ford was making changes, so they ordered extra cars for 1995. Then they built them as they were ordered. As such you might buy a 1999 Lincoln Town Car Limousine and discover that it is built on a 1995 chassis. Plus, you likely wouldn't like the newer manifold design, they were a downgrade that were known for cracking and leaking coolant and extended the warranty on them as well as issued letters for people to bring them in for a replacement part.
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Saturday, July 22nd, 2023 AT 6:47 AM
Tiny
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Thank you. Now the fun begins. Finding the right part.
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Saturday, July 22nd, 2023 AT 10:29 PM
Tiny
STEVE W.
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Try car-part. Com That is a salvage yard listing system, punch in the vehicle data and see who has vehicles with that engine on the yard. Many send engines out to be rebuilt but quite a few don't and might have an intake just waiting for you. Another option if it's cracked or damaged would be to use one of the plastic tank epoxy kits to repair it. I've done that on a couple GM engines that had melted intakes.
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Sunday, July 23rd, 2023 AT 12:47 AM

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