1989 4x4 Ranger 2.9 to 5.0 Project
Like the title says I am one of the many that have always wanted to do this just have never pulled the trigger on it. I am now seriously considering doing the swap. I have been trying to do a lot of research online about it and this site seems to have the best knowledge base so I joined. Hopefully some of you that have done the conversion can help me out.
Like I said, I have been doing quite a bit of research and unfortunately the path I am going is not the normal path people take with the swap. My truck is only used as a toy/prerunner in the desert. Creature comfort is gone. It is still planted(CA) and I want to be able to CA smog it when done. It is already modified quite a bit at this point.
Below is an example of some of the things that I don't need to worry about.
I don't have the ABS hooked up(9in full floater rear).
AC was scrapped to make room for the engine cage.
Entire air control box was removed since the AC was gone and heater core was removed.
Fuel cell with custom mounted Bosch high volume pump inside the cell.
You can see in the pictures what I have to work with. I basically need a standalone engine management system with a check engine light that will get me past smog. From the information I have gathered it looks like I need a 96 or 97 Explorer 5.0 motor. Let me know if this sound right.
Transmission - Manual. Outside of going with a G-Force GF-5R $$$, it looks like I would be going with a M5OD-R2.
Transfer Case - This is one of the areas where I need some help. I have an electric shift BW-1350 currently in the truck. This is not going to work for the swap. I have a BW-1356 that I somehow inherited but it is way to wide and hangs too low. It sounds like the next option is a BW-4406. Two things I have not been able to confirm or determine.
- What year and model was this case available with a manual shift?
- Did it ever come with a rear fixed yoke? Years ago I converted to a 1-piece drive shaft and the torque on the system coupled with the travel number of the rear end will kill a slip yoke.
Anything is possible on this swap. The articles and threads that I have read so far have been great. The executions have been amazing to see how well and the lengths people have gone to make it look like a factory install like Ford should have done it in the first place. Mine will be quite different. I personally built the entire truck. If something needs to get cut off, moved and re-welded, I am fine with that. I am not opposed to cutting the firewall and moving the motor back.
Thanks in advance for the help.