Okay people, I have a question for you. I may be able to purchase a (according to the seller) 289ci. V-8 for $500.00... He says it has a blower on it, but, then again, this guy also says he saw Bigfoot. So, here's the question. Will said engine fit in my 2005 Ranger FX4 Level II, and, what will I need to do to make it work?
Any help is most certainly appreciated. If I don't put the engine in my truck, my dad may see if he can stuff it into his '53 *****'s jeep.
What would I have to do in order to drop one of those 5.0 Mustang engines in it? Would it be more cost effective to just install a performance chip, and, do some little minor things to wake that 4.0L V-6 up? I know I could probably get more ponies out of her, I'd be happy with another 50...
We all know the V-8 would be lots more fun, but, my money tree died some time ago.
Crap, I kind of had that notion in the back of my head. Sucks. How come having fun is so expensive? Maybe I'll just install a performance chip and dual exhaust, squeeze a few extra horses out of that V-6. I'll help my dad build that *****'s into a monster...let him spend all his money.
BUT...the 5.0 efi swap is actually more simpler to swap in and get running compared to the SBF carb engine....on '04+ trucks...i'm completely unsure if there's even anyone out there that has swapped in a different engine in 'em....due to the new electrical system.
For info on swapping a 5.0 in your 98+ 4x4, check out Rwenzings project log and Int3rc3ptor's project log. Both involve a new trans and new tcase.
If you want a fast project, get a Gen1 or Gen2 ranger and swap in a hot SBF and throw in a c6 and shiftkit it with a floor shifter. There's kits out there for those on swapping in a SBF....even headers are out there that are direct fit. 2wd fast lil pickup.
Thanks for the info guys. I may just let my dad put the 289 in the *****'s, wake up the V-6 in my truck some... call it a day. There's still plenty of stuff I can do to doll it up, I'll be asking more questions later.