Have you thought about just putting in a low mile used newer 4.0? I got a 1,000 mile '06 4.0 for $1500 and swapped it in my 01 ranger to fix the timing chain issue and the 110k of abuse behind the wheel of a lead foot teenager. 03/04 is when ford supposedly fixed the timing chain issues. Though the tensioners and guides still do wear, but don't wear out as fast as the older motors.
Most of all these newer late model engines from a JY comes iwth complete engine/trans harnesses. You can utilize your existing harness and carry over the new engines pigtails(injectors, dpfe, etc). Plus, you'll be upgrading that poor intake design found on 97-00 expos.
Just my thoughts. Take 'em or leave 'em.
Originally Posted by 98rangerxlt
When you say 00 SOHC are you talking about an explorer?
Assuming so considering his screen name is Exploder and the SOHC was found in 97+ expos before it made the appearance in the Ranger...