A4LD to M5OD Swap Questions (Yes, I have searched. Extensively)
First, I have a 91 Ranger XLT 2WD with the 2.3 and a little over 278,000 on the ticker. She's reliable as hell. I mean she starts and goes with no problems at 0°F with a Motorcraft battery. Other than a few minor issues an engine her age and mileage would have, that tiny 2.3 runs flawlessly. She's not a hard worker, I don't buy performance parts for her, I just need her to get me around and occasionally haul a load in the bed (which she has always done without any problems).
Anyway, I'm looking to swap the A4LD out for an M5OD. The A4LD is beginning to exhibit signs of failure, and if I'm going to pull it, I'm going to do it right and replace it with a standard. Believe me, I've done my homework. I've googled and googled ad nauseum on the subject. I know it's not a difficult job, it's something I could easily handle over the course of a weekend, provided I get all my parts beforehand.
The problem I'm having is, all the material I'm finding applies to 4WD Rangers and every other engine other than the 2.3. My questions are as follows:
Which variant of the M5OD should I be on the lookout for, and which vehicles can I pull the parts from?
So far as I'm aware, I should not have to change my driveshaft length, is this true?
And finally, I know I need the tranny, shifter assembly, clutch assembly, ECM and related wiring... Are there any other minor things I should grab or issues I should pay extra attention to?