Well today I finally had some time to tow the truck out of the field and over to my garage. I hooked up the battery charger and it said it was at like 40% but the truck has been sitting for a couple weeks now. So I let it charge for a while and then tried to start it. It cranked more than it did before but it will never start and continue to run and it is making some awful noises. I'm thinking I bent a rod or something. Here is a video of it.
I guess I need to take it to a shop and have them look at it and give me an official diagnosis but I don't think it is looking to good for this engine. So that leaves me with probably replacing the engine. My friend has a 2000 3.0 that he rolled in high school just sitting in a barn that I could probably nab fairly cheap and swap the motor in but then I would have to deal with also swapping in all of the PATS stuff or is there a way to wire in a bypass? Or I could find an explorer with a 5.0 and swap it in which would probably take some more time and money. And with the 4.88 gears and the 5.0 I bet traveling down the highway would be interesting.
1998 Ranger XLT 4x4 Off Road
3.0L 5-speed 33's on 15x8 wheels
4.88 gears, expo L/S 8.8, locker in the front
T-bar crank, chevy drop shackles, and 3" BL
Lots of custom dents and scratches