Questions about a future V8 swap
Here's the deal... I've got a First gen ranger I'm building that has an almost new, and slightly warmed over 2.8L V6. I've got a 99 Ranger 4.0 4x4 that I like as is but the engine is driving me up a wall. I've found a wrecked 99 Explorer V8 2WD in my area for sale. So if I can beat everybody else to the Ex one of the two Rangers will be getting a V8 down the road.
If it goes into the first gen that's an easy swap, but I have something a little more special in mind for that truck down the road. In it goes into the 99 I believe that the swap itself is fairly straight forward, made even easier since the Donor and Recipient are the same year model. Where I'm lost is the 4x4 end of it.
If I end up putting this 99 Explorer V8 2WD drive train into my 99 Ranger 4.0 4WD, what will I need to keep the 4WD functional? Obviously I would need a transfer case for starters.
So I guess the first obvious question would be... Can I attach the Ranger's transfer case to the explorer transmission?
The second would probably be... Did the V8 Explorers come with 4WD or just AWD? From my research it appears that they were all AWD.
The third question would probably be... What other 4WD vehicle transmissions would work with the 99 engine and ECU? I want to keep auto and electronic 4WD, it'd also be nice if it played well with the ECU's transmission controls.
What gear ratios would I want with all this? I've got 4.10s in the truck now, it'd be nice if that stayed the same.
Anything else I need to know that isn't covered by those questions?
-Long bed -2.8L V6
-Offenhouser 4V Intake -Holley 390cfm Double-Pumper
-Manual Trans. -Colors: Blue & Silver
-Tires: Lemans SR P225/70R14
-Wheels: Ford Painted Magnum 500 Style Steel Wheels
1999 Ranger XLT
-4 Door -4.0L V6
-4X4 -BamaChips X2
-Chrome Brush Guard
-2 130watt 6" procomp stainless lights