Well I'm probably going to sound batshit crazy with this, but if it can be done with rangers, why Not an F150? A Manual Swap, I'm talking about. Into a 2007 4x4. 5.4L. Extended cab. Its either this, or i downgrade to a new 4 cylinder 2wd 5 speed ranger next year...either way I WILL be driving a standard by this time 2012.
Anyways. I know I need the pressure plate, clutch, hydraulic system, pedal cluster, shifter.
Some things I'd like to confirm if anyone knows...Will i need a different:
Middle seat/center console?
Throttle (the current is drive by wire...does it need to be converted to cable?)
Transfer case? I currently have a manual transfer case and I feel like it should bolt right onto a manual trans with the same linkages, No?
What trans will fit? Its damn near impossible to find a 4x4 5.4L trans of this generation...will a 4.6L fit? or an older gen 5.4 manual trans? I know the M5OD-R2 isn't the strongest but I only haul heavy loads a few times a year so i think it will hold up fine to daily driving.
Can I just reprogram the computer or maybe swap in one out of a manual 5.4...might be able to scratch one up online somewhere.
My drive shaft....Will i Need it custom fit or can i just find one out of a 5.4L standard XLT and bolt it in? same with the cross-member. Are the holes for it already in the frame or will I need to drill them in? Also...I think the pedal cluster and hydraulic system from a 4.2L will work fine, No? Thanks for any input...I'd like to make this project a reality