OK, non-believers, here it is.
The donor: 1998 Explorer XLT AWD 5.0L
The Recipient: 1995 Ranger XLT Super Cab (Oh yeah, we already put a 302 and C-4 in it, but anybody can do that.)
Here are the rolling chassis, side by side: (Skipped over all the disassembly)
Notice on the Explorer (foreground) that there is a body mount on either side, opposite the transfer case. These mounts do not line up with the Ranger mount points (see the chassis in the background.) We cut off these mounts (Explorer) and saved them for later.
We mounted the body on the Explorer chassis using only the front four mounts for now. Once we bolted it down, we modified and placed the rear mounts where they belonged under the Ranger and bolted them in. Once we were sure they were lined up correctly, we tacked them in place, loosened all the body bolts and jacked up the body so we could complete the welding of the mounts, then retightened the body bolts. We plan to do some more gusseting of the mounts and make them look a little nicer, but they are plenty strong the way they are.
Although the Ranger core support worked by extending the mounting holes, the A/C condenser didn't fit and here in Florida, no A/C is not an option. So we decided to cut out the Ranger core support and use the Explorer support.
Here is the Explorer core support ready to be installed.
The Explorer core support slopes down on the ends, so there is a gap of about an inch or so.
Solution? Cut wedges out of the Ranger core and weld them in.
So there you have it up until now. We will be putting the Explorer wiring harness, all the optional equipment, Explorer interior and the paint and body work.
More pictures as things progress. Stay tuned.
By the way, those who said it can't be done, this was done by a 19 year old college student and his 64 year old grandfather, neither of which are in the automotive field.