92 3.0 trans swap/interchange
Hello everyone. I'm new to the forum, and i'm not the best with a pc. So please have a little mercy if I'm asking something that's been covered.
I'm currently trying to help out my boss with his 92 ranger (3.0 auto). The trans has some major issues like almost always bypassing 2nd gear and slipping badly. He only uses the truck to commute to and from work (keeping the miles off the new truck). It never see's any towing or hauling duty. I've been to all the local junkyards looking for a replacement and can't find one. Everyone tells me to convert it to 5-speed (which he can't drive) or have it rebuilt locally (which is about what the truck is worth).
So my questions are:
1.) Since the a4ld was used behind 4 and 6 cylinder motors from say 85 to 94. Is it possible to use a 4 cylinder trans and just swap the bell housing?
2.) I know that the mazda trucks used the a4ld but I think the tail housing is different. Can you swap the tail housing and it work fine or would you be better off using the mazda drive shaft and leaving it alone?
Any help or point in the right direction would be welcomed.