long story short i blew my 4.0, not entirely sure how bad the internals are. on to the pictures
so at first I figured might as well swap in the 5.0, I had wanted to, but not until I had the truck paid off, but things don't always go as planned. Then I a friend found me an '04 explorer, with low miles, with the 4.0 sohc for $500. told him I was stubborn and if I had to pull a motor out, and put one back in, I didn't want to put a 4.0 back in. So i looked and looked and looked for a running expo/mounty with a 5.0 and without outrageous miles on it. found one for a bit more than I was looking to spend, but with barely over 100,000 miles. By the time i got together the money for it, the guy had already sold it. Then my same friend found me another explorer with a 4.0, something like 60,000 miles, guy was asking $400 for the motor, decided to go and buy it, but yet again was already sold by the time i got there. Then I got in touch with a friend of a friend that buys cars from salvage auctions. He got me a 99 mountaineer with 134,000 miles, and of course a 5.0. Truck was from the north so theres a bit of rust here and there, it does however have awd, leather interior, all the goodies.
Plans for motor work are as follows
full exhaust (torque monster headers when money permits)
trick flow stage one cam
port and polish
and if money permits forged pistons and direct port nitrous (150 shot to start)
and if I do run nitrous ill definitely run a chip/programmer, most likely Sct Xcal 3
I do plan to take apart, and rebuild the motor top to bottom, if I'm gonna do the swap, might as well do it right.
now with this swap there are a couple of things I know are going to be a problem, some maybe more so than others, any input is greatly appreciated, I'll definitely need the help with this one.
VSS (will be using the mountaineer engine, transmission, and rear end if that helps)
Keeping 4wd using a Borg Warner 4406 (i think)
Any other wiring problems to look out for since I have a 2004?
Any other possible problems?
On to what progress pics I have
engine on its way out
and finally out