Welcome to the forum, you've definitely come to the right place if you want to learn about your Ranger and be able to fix it yourself, it's never too late to learn new skills. Keep us posted on the updates!
Thank you. I joined to try and find out how to replace the thermostat housing on my 2003 Ranger 4.0 sohc. The shops want $700 t0 $800 to do the job. They are including a manifold gasket. Does the manifold have to come off?