I'm thinking more seriously of a 4.0 swap, given we'll have the space to do so sometime this or the following year after we move and a pole barn is built. Until that comes, though, obviously this will stay on the shelf.
That being said though, I like to plan ahead. I plan to aquire a 99-00 Ford Explorer with the 4.0 SOHC. "But Arctic, it would make more sense to get a Ranger with a 4.0." You may remark. Yeah, that's true; however there's a reason why I'd go with an explorer over the Ranger. Price. Around my area I can find explorers for under 1000 dollars in some cases. Under 2,000 in most cases. Not to mention, the Explorer I may end up with could have an overhead console, center console, etc which would sell for some good money. That being said though, the drivetrain is the main concern. As long as it runs and drives with no major problems, the rest is all optional.
But, anyway, back to the point of this thread before I get too far off track. Once I have the vehicle, and the engine out to where I can start replacing things (gaskets, plugs, wires, etc) and hitting it with the degreaser in that same breath, I'd like to bolt on some performance parts to squeeze little more go out of this engine. I don't expect any miracles, though.
Immediately, a supercharger and perhaps an upgraded coil pack come to mind, along with the obligatory plugs and wires to match, motorcaft of course.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Anything to watch out for? All is welcome and greatly appreciated.
PS: If anyone wants to know more of what I plan on in greater detail that's beyond this post's scope, check my project log. (Shameless plug)