Going with the 5.0 is a long shot. In order to do that swap you need the matching computer and transmission . The guy selling the 5.0 only has the motor, nothing else. So it would be a lot of work and tome to track down a tranny and a computer and all the other stuff. The best bet would be to get a whole explorer.
Doing the 3.0 Taurus swap, I'm not sure if i would need to swap computers.
But as to the engine and heads being different, i read somewhere its because the Taurus is front wheel drive.
The guy with the Taurus says he has the whole car and several other Taurus parts cars.
The motor that is currently in the ranger, won't start, it almost does and wants to, it turns over, so its not locked up. They guy said he was sure it was a bad cylinder. Last year when he drove it, itnwould lose power at about 50mph, and would just struggle.
I'm not sure what the exact problem is, and maybe the cylinder is bad, and I'm not sure if its worth fixing, or if its better to swap motors.
If all goes to hell, I'm gonna use it as a parts truck for my 99 ranger.
Any advice, comments, or suggestions?