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I pulled my motor and tranny today! Lot's of Pics!

To make a long story short: My Ranger was starting to leak fluids all over soooooo bad that I could'nt park anywhere for 5 seconds without leaving a permanent mark on someones driveway. Then my tranny started going out 2/3 weeks ago so I bought a new one last week and decided to pull both the motor and trans to replace the tranny and address the oil leaks. Here's some pics from today:
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I almost thought I was going to have to remove my wheels/tires because it barely cleared the front clip. The last pic is how it's sitting right now. Guess I'll be at AutoZone tommorow buying degreaser. Sure wish I had a pressure washer because this thing is filthy, greasy, oily, ugly.....lol. Any suggestions on degreasing? Thanks.





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wow, looks like u had fun... rent a pressure washer? it would be the easiest
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Yeah......fun.......I know. Do you know if a pressure washer is expensive to rent? Let me go call Home Depot real quick.





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Just get a handful of quarters and head to the car wash.
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Whats with the Fram oil filter? Those things have been proven to not be good. Go with a Motorcraft!
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actually fram isnt that bad....ive seen worse, but thats just me
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I just called two of my buddy's and one of them has a brand new power washer. I felt bad asking him to use it since it was new but he said I could. Hopefully I can get it tomorrow and make short work of this. Even my engine bay needs to be cleaned.

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Yeah, I know. I'll post a pic for you when I get my new "MotorCraft" oil filter installed.


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use simple green for cleaning... that stuff works great
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Looks like fun man. You outta throw some new headers on there since, you've got easy access to them.
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I'd recommend scrubbing everything with a wire brush, or chucking a wire-wheel brush into a rotary tool. My engine compartment looked nasty before I dropped the 5.0 in. However, I cleaned it up, and covered everything with a 3 layers of rubberized undercoating and POR15. Here's a before/after. Disregard the heat shield over the fuel lines on the right side of the after pic. It's for the 5.0 swap.

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what did you use to disconect the hydrolic line?
i just pulled my moor as well but left the tranny.
pulled it to forge it.
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I used this tool, but you can use screwdrivers:
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I just borrowed a "brand new, never been used" pressure washer from my buddy and the stupid hose touched the exhaust and had a big leaking hole in it. I tried to repair it with hose clamps and a barbed metal tube but it did'nt work. Please tell me I don't need to buy a new hose.

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Yeah, for the 30 seconds I got to use the pressure washer (before the hose incident) today, I can definitely tell it's going to be one grime free compartment here.....lol

Hold on, let me post a pic of the pressure washer.




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I've done the same thing with a pressure washer hose before. However don't fret. A new 25 foot hose was only 14 bucks. They have a standard thread, so go to any hardware store and grab a replacement.
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Thanks Needforspeed! I just went to a hose supply company and 15 bucks and 15 minutes later she was fixed. Here's some updates on what I got done today: THERE'S A LOOOOOOT OF CLEANING GOING ON CAUSE SHE'S A FILTHY, DIRTY, NASTY GIRL!!!!:
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In between pressure washing sessions, just soaking in degreaser!
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The little "Blue Oval" on the engine stand begging to be cleaned! Man, my Ranger is dirty. I'm amazed how dirty it actually is. I've neglected it far too long as these next pics will show.
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These last two pics are how she's sittin now. I'm pretty much done in the engine bay, if I do anything else there it will only be hitting it with some black spray paint maybe for rust reasons. In the morning it's back at it doing the engine so I can start replacing leaky gaskets and seals. Later.





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they sell Blue Wolf were you live?
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???what's that???





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Hey needforspeed,

I live in California so I'm not really worried about rust but should I spray at least a coat of black spray paint on all that bare metal surface for some rust protection?

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i rolled on some bedliner in mine today and i put the motor in the oven as well so eveythings gonna be nice and purddy!!
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Kind of busy today with doctor's office, kids in school, other small chores but still made good headway on the tranny swap/engine cleanup. I found a complete "lower engine gasket set" at AutoZone for $20.99 so I went to Kragen so they would price match it and beat it by 5%..hahaha. It includes every gasket/seal for the bottom end: oil pan gasket, front &rear main seals, oil pump seal & o-ring, that funny aux. cover above the oil pan in front, ans an o-ring for the oil pump pickup tube. Score for under 20 bucks! Had to be ordered though so I can pick it up tomorrow after 2:00pm.
Here's the engine bay begging for a clean, freshly tuned up motor!
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What a difference a borrowed pressure washer makes......lol
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Still some grime, but I'm happy with it because the motor's not new and even touching the grime looking areas nothing comes off. This stuff's embedded in the metal man!
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New intake manifold gaskets I've had laying around.
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Have a whole roll of NAPA gasket material for the smaller items like EGR, throttle body, and what not. I even bought a set of the hollow punches to make the gasket holes perfect.
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I've got to get back to AutoZone tomorrow to get my new clutch kit. Later.





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???what's that???





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Blue Wolf is a "multi purpose" cleaner. Its strong $h!t to. You can clean anything with it. I aint seen a stain yet that it wont take out. And it will beat any degreaser out their.
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Thanks Dragon-Wolf! I'll have to look into that and try it. Maybe it'll get these stubborn areas I'm having problems with. I'm basically just doing a good spring cleaning, not a rebuild. Appreciate the info!





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Thanks Dragon-Wolf! I'll have to look into that and try it. Maybe it'll get these stubborn areas I'm having problems with. I'm basically just doing a good spring cleaning, not a rebuild. Appreciate the info!





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yea, it might just be a local thing caus iv been up to PA a few times with my cousins and iv never seen it anywere up their. But if you ever see it anywere to order it, its worth every penny.
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My gaskat set finally came in! YAAAAY!
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I'll probably get back on it in a couple hours or so. More pics soon!




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Getting the brand new rubbery gaskets in and the front seal. Looks like I'm going to have to hold the engine up with the cherry picker while I remove and install the new rear seal because the engine stand is in the way of me doing it. Oh well!
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Everything's going good I just wish it would go a little faster....lol




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This is just a "FYI" for anyone changing an oil pan gasket on a 2.3 or a 2.5 engine. If you don't put silicone in these areas "IT WILL LEAK"! I'm letting it sit up for a few while I post up these pics then I'm back at it for a little bit.
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Take care guys, I'm going back out to the garage to install the oil pan now. Later!




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