Hey guys. I have been ignoring my Ranger for the past while (crap tranny's making me park it, swap another crap tranny in, park it). Anyways. Now I recently did something rash....I bought a 96 Explorer with a V8 and 166k KM's (100k miles) so now I am going to attempt to swap it into my truck and enjoy it with a real powertrain. I probably won't start the whole process for awhile, but I figure I will gather as much advice as I can first before I dive in (my $800 suggests that I have already dove in)
Since this is the project log orum I might as well do some shameless showing off (even though I think I had a thread somewhere here before)
When I got it:
skip ahead a bit
skip ahead more..what is this?!
So as a disclaimer, I am not completely mechanically inept. but I do feel like maybe I have gotten in over my head with this:
Whoop Whoop! It was in a front end crash so the Rad is gone, fan is bent. But other stuff looks to be in good shape. Tranny fluid is nice and not burnt and such so, we will see I guess
I blew a 4R55E and then swapped in a 5R55E (which the guy assured me was fine) but it has a weak sprag clutch so it takes 2-3 seconds to engage in gear, and also flares up between shifts. Lame. Also the 4.0L even with headers and a BBK throttle body seems sluggish. So I said enough is enough. I listed my truck for sale, but then a deal came up for a low km v8 explorer that has the same year as my truck, near unheard of in this small province. So I said what the heck, bought it, that brings us up to now. You now know the story of Dweano and his Ranger.
I will update this as I make progress but my newbness is showing and I have questions:
1: AWD is dumb, can I just unlock my (manual) hubs and it'll work in 2WD?
2. What will work for driveshafts? I have a one piece driveshaft in my truck already, I believe I read that I can swap a flange of something and it will work
3. The Explorer has AC and the Ranger does not. Which is easier, making Ranger AC or just deleting AC?
4. Motor mounts...I do not wanna spend more money, I can Frankenstein some between the Explorer and Ranger ones right?
I am still reading various resources and build threads so I am sure I will answer some of these questions myself