Yeah but not ONE Ranger in any of the yards I went to had the 4.0. There were several with the 4.0 sticker under the hood, but the engine was long gone. I even asked at the office if they had it in storage or something, and they had all been sold already, very popular engine.
There are a few places here I could call that im sure would have a few 4.0's, but to buy the whole truck would be expensive from those places. I was gonna buy a police package chevy impala a few years back and drop the motor, suspension and a few other parts into my old caprice but they wanted close to a grand for the whole car. But given the fact that was an Impala and this is a Ranger, im sure it still wouldnt be within my price range. And I would deffinately need the WHOLE thing. Plus I just dont have anywhere to put a junk truck right now.
That is why I was thinking, if its easy enough, maybe I can go to the yard, grab a 2.9 and all the wiring/electronics and just drop that in in the 2.8s place.
Im concerned mostly with the reliability of the 2.9, is it as bad as the 2.8 when its gets old and start leaking oil at the valve stem seals? If it is I just gonna say screw it and buy this rebuilt 2.8 off a friend of mine and just throw it in there. If not, then I can probably pull a 2.9 with decent mileage out of a junker and get the whole setup for not much more than the 2.8 my boy has.
Plus, like I said before, I dont have the money for a 5.0 swap right now, because as far as I can see, the engine ITSELF is gonna cost me around 2 grand for the setup I want. Im looking for 350hp with what I have in mind.