Hey everyone, first post on here, I am on the other ranger forum as well, but I see there are more people viewing this V8 section than that one, So i figured I would try my luck here.
I have a 1994 3.0 4x2 Ranger XLT. The car is not a daily driver anymore since my Manual transmission **** the bed. I scrapped the trans, and sold the motor and was in the process of parting out when I did something really stupid. I bought a 5.0. I will give tons of details below, but the bulleted list at the end has the highlights/questions.
I found a 1997 ford explorer 5.0 that was being parted out due to a bad front diff. It is at a local shop. I was able to start/drive/inspect everything as well as put it on a lift and have it shift smoothly through all gears. The shop has too much crap laying around so they cut me a hell of a deal and I paid them for some things already. I will be getting my parts this weekend (I have a receipt with all of this in writing, not getting ripped off) after they are done removing it all.
They have more parts, so I am trying to see if I have everything I need. Already paid for are the following:
-Complete 5.0, minus water pump pully and alternator (Alternator bracket still on motor)
-Engine wiring harness
-Auto Trans +TQ Convertor
-MAF housing/sensor (Free)
-Power steering lines (Free)
Most other parts are still present on the car so I have my choice of what I want. Since the car will be scrapped after he is done with my pull, Anything light is mine if I want it. Anything that is a pain in the *** to remove, or has decent weight will cost me, but not much.
Since I am coming from a 2wd manual transmission ranger this is brought up some issues. I know that the transmission on the explorer will need to be completely torn down and have the 4wd output shaft swapped with a 2wd version as well as have the tailhousing replaced. I am no stranger to tearing down transmissions and honestly for an Auto, the 4R70W does not look to be that bad of a teardown/reassembly. But seeing as how I am coming from a manual transmission, I am trying to compile a list of what else I should get from the explorer that would be interchangeable with my 1994 ranger. The questions/thoughts I have are:
- Is the steering column interchangeable?
-Is the gauge cluster interchangeable so I can have a tach and gear select indicator?
- The gear selector is on the column, and I have a manual trans now, so at the very least should I take that from the explorer?
-Does the 4r70w use a transmission cooler? If so I should take those parts as well right?
-On the 1997 AWD explorer, the VSS is in the rear axel. When I put the 2wd output shaft and housing on the trans, there is a hole for the VSS. Would the computer recognize and accept this for reporting the speed?
-Are there other parts I would need for the manual to auto conversion to make it work? AFAIK
, i only need a way to change the gears and a way to read speed to my gauges. Hell I could even skip the gear select indicator and just put a post it in there for the gear order, But I want this to be as clean as possible.
I have done motor swaps before, but most of those were simple. I have torn down and reassembled transmissions, and motors with success previously, but i have never gone from Manual to Auto, so I do not know what all is involved.
I will probably have more questions but all my current concerns are regarding the 5spd to auto swap. Thank you for reading.