Ok, here's my story.
I'm 16, I live in Missouri. My father (Marc Arnold for those of you who may have heard of him [Owns the bad *** 9 sec Cobra N/A]) has decided to help me with this particular project.
My older brother owns a Maroon 89' 5.0 and we just put a new engine in it. The old engine was left sitting in the garage for the past month and a half. I say "Lets put this to use and do a Ranger/5.0 Swap".
Now, this block was ripped out of some junkyard car in the middle of nowhere and thrown into his 5.0 some 10 years ago from my knowledge, he tells me it has 264,xxx+ miles on it (HOLY ****) nobody knows for sure. This engine, is the DIRTIEST engine I have ever seen and touched, some parts there is 1/8th in. thick of just gunk. The stock oil pan leaks, but we have an aftermarket pan we are hoping will fit. We will get new lifters, & new heads (maybe). We will need to upgrade the suspension to account for the 100 extra pounds the long block is carrying, and stiffer springs for the front end. I also need a good way to add weight to the back. My dad has a 150lb bumper that may suffice but we will have to see.
Still looking for a cheap Ranger, if anyone in the St. Louis area knows of one it would be greatly appreciated if you could PM me with information.
Got the motor on the engine stand and took off the water pump, heads, intake.