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Calling it qiuts for the night I guess, just got out of the shower. Oil pan gasket, oil pump gasket, front main seal, front auxillary cover gasket are all done now. It seems however that the oil pump "shaft seal" may need to be replaced as well and it was'nt included in the kit, only the gasket mating the pump to the block was. I guess I'll do it because I don't want to pull everything back off once it's in you know? It's behind the timing belt!

I think I'm going to do the main rear seal right before I drop the motor in because it has to be taken off the engine stand to be done. I'll start bolting the accessory brackets and accessories on the engine tomorrow. I still have'nt gotten to the autoparts store to get my clutch kit yet. I can finally start to see light at the end of the tunnel though.

Well, I'll get back at it tomorrow. See you guys then.





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Not bad at all..!

Im guessing you took the time to clean out that oil pan and such as well correct? Looks neato :-)

Only wished youw ere doing a nice rebuild.. would be pretty to see a nice rub down and paint on the engine, get it beefed up nice and neat..


Perhaps it might be worth the time to take a metal srubber and really dig down.. then put some high heat engine enamel on it while its out? It'll make any future clean up jobs as easy as a hot knife through butter.. cuts down on any grim that builds up =)
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I wish I was rebuilding it too, but time and money are my factors right now. If I was rebuilding it I would do exactly that, put a fresh coat of paint on it and make it look like a brand new crate motor...lol. You're right though, I could probably break out the wire brush and some brake cleaner to totally remove every last piece of grime, but I feel like I can't wait to get it back in. More like I just want it done so I can have my Ranger back.

The motor is as clean as it's going to get with a 2600 psi gas pressure washer and has to be literally scrubbed to death to get the remaining so I'm calling it good for now. I went to bed late last night and just woke up a little while ago, so I'll be back at it in a few again. Appreciate the input/advice WowMike, Thanks. I'll get some more pics up later.




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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?
If you're gonna do that, just grab a bottle of rubberized undercoating. It will stick to bare, clean metal better than spray paint, and will be much more durable. It's in the spray paint section or bedliner section of any auto parts store for about $3 a can.
I live in Arkansas, myself. So Salt and other elements are of no concern to my metal surfaces. I just went ahead and treated it like a baby while I had the time, energy, and motivation to. It paid off to make a good looking underbody!

Did you pressure wash the motor with all of those holes open? I sure hope not. If so, you'll need to totally flush that motor out in every way before you put it back in!

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Thanks for the advice. I'll look for it when I go back to the autoparts store then. No, I had all the holes covered so as not to get water inside the motor. I can't wait now to get it back in the truck!

I got kind of lazy today, but either tomorrow and no later than Monday she'll be back in. Then it's just a matter of hooking the tranny back up and she should be back to health.......hahaha.

BTW: Upon removing the engine I came to find out my A/C accumulator is bad/clogged so I'll need to buy one of those by summer. It's definitely a scorcher out here. Amazing the can of worms you find when you start digging.




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I have a spare accumulator from my 5.0 swap project, if you want it.
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Wow, really? Do you have any pics?

I'm kind of strapped right now until next week or so, but what do you want for it? I see you live in Arizona?




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Just got back from the store, had to buy some zip ties to organize my wiring harness as I'm reinstalling it. Installed all new spark plugs and replaced that oil pump shaft seal as well, seems like that was one of my leaks too! I ended up taking some time to clean up my intake because as I was getting ready to install it, it was totally filthy inside.

The EGR passage was totally clogged too! I'm glad I took the time to take care of it. I'll definitely have the engine installed in the Ranger tomorrow, and I don't see why I won't be driving it either. I'll post up the results of course. Here's some more pics, and Ill report back later.
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Did you happen to replace the timing belt and tensioner while you were at all of this? Also, how did you relieve tension on the tensioner, much less get it back on, without killing yourself? I struggled with that for an hour one night before figuring out a method that worked!
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Sorry guys, been busy with the wife having all these doctor appointments. She has fibroid tumors on her ovaries, no cancer or anything but she's in pain. She may be getting a hysterectomy soon as she's already had her tubes tied. You know, female problems. It's all good though, between that and getting RIPPED off of "Cabo Wabo" tequila Monday night I fell behind a little.

Well the motor's all in now and I all need to do is basically hook up the air cleaner and put fluids in. The tranny still has to go in however, so that'll probably take all of about an hour to do. Got new plug wires in it too! She should be leak free now. Thank god!

Needforspeed3685: The timing belt AND tensioner have about 40,000 on them so they're good in my book and I"ve taken it off so many times I've gotten it to a science now. I just loosen both bolts on the tensioner and use my big prybar to get it off and on. Dude!, when I first did the timing belt on this motor (years ago) it took me longer then an hour so you're pretty lucky! It's a royal pain to do if you don't have the info at hand like I did....lol. If anyone needs help on how to do the timing belt on a 95 or later 2.3 (yes they're different) just let me know.
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That oil filter pic is for you 04Edge!....hahaha
Got the new clutch kit as well
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Whats with the Fram oil filter? Those things have been proven to not be good. Go with a Motorcraft!

+1 I had one completely collapse inside on a VW last summer. Almost destroyed the motor.
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Well I just put the transmission in about 20 minutes ago. I'll go back out there in about an hour or so and bolt up the driveshaft and reconnect the exhaust to the header. Hope she's all better! Late!




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Well...............ran into somewhat of a "MAJOR" problem here. I did'nt realize that my old transmission had the VSS (speed) sensor on the tailshaft so looks like I'm going to have to swap that out in the morning. I guess that's what happens when you put a 2000 tranny into a 95 huh? lol Here's the pics of what I'm talking about:
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Well she runs though! I put the oil and coolant in and fired her up and let her run for a good 15 minutes or so and so far so good. not a drop o the ground and before it would have been all over. Only time will tell though.
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Good job! I wish I had the skills to pull something like this off.
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Thanks 04BlackEdge,

According to a couple buddy's and a transmission repair shop the VSS (speed sensor) is there to send pulsing voltage to the PCM when the vehicle is going 3mph or faster. The PCM then uses this voltage to regulate fuel and shifting for the TCC (transmission clutch converter).

Since I have a manual transmission, I don't have the TCC therefore the PCM will not even look for it, or so I'm told. I'm also under the impression that this will be a hard code so as soon as you run the engine the CEL will be on and mine is not.

Well guys, already bled the system about 10 minutes ago and now just waiting for that stupid fluid pump deal to get fluid (Mercon) into the tranny and she'll be driving.



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Timing cover? I would leave it on just in case a rock suddenly became lucky.

Awesome job!
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Timing cover? I would leave it on just in case a rock suddenly became lucky.

Awesome job!
You know, I've been told that. It's just been off now for so many years I don't have it anymore. I originally took it off for easy access to change out for a degreeable camshaft sprocket but never got to it.



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In that case I would cut the cover but I think I'm just paranoid.
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Great job on the swap! Also, that sensor on your tranny is actually an OSS (Output Shaft Speed) Sensor. VSS is Vehicle Speed Sensor, on the rear axle.

Also, whats with the shortened intake tube? I would get one that puts the K&N in the factory filter position. The further away from that hot motor, the more cold air it's going to suck in.

I've got an intake tube that would do that for you, if you want it. It's my stock 2.5 tube.
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Thanks, what's the purpose of that sensor because now my speedometer is'nt working. I'll check my Haynes manual and see if it lists it. I hope I don't have to change tailshafts out now that I've filled it with fluid.

My speedometer is driven from the ring gear in the differential but it's not working. I'm certain it has something to do with the OSS but can I bypass or connect the two wires together from the harness?

When I got the truck many moons ago the person who had it before me was wrapping duct tape around the K&N filter so I discarder all that gooooey tape and it ended up there. I guess he rigged it and then I tried to avoid the duct tape thing.



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Well it happened, I was hoping it would'nt but it did.

After driving the Ranger for about 40 minutes or so the CEL came on. When I got home I ran the OBDII scanner and sure enough it was the VSS deal on the transmission tailshaft.

The code was P0500. Looks like I'm changing out the shafts after all. Darn!




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Swapped them out so I could just be done with it you know? I even forked over the $14.00 for a new transmission seal while I was there. No harm no foul!

I needed to remove the white plastic ring gear thing from the old tranny, which is held on by a snap ring and install it into the new trans. The speed sensor has a plastig gear as well that meshes with the white plastic one and I assume drives my speedometer.
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I forgot yours was a 95. At least you got it done though, right!? Have you driven it yet?
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Yep, that's how I determined I needed to change out the tailshaft because that stupid code I got.

It runs strong and no oil leaks so far. I reused the original swollen lower radiator hose (I know better), so it was leaking a little coolant out of that when I test drove it yesterday but other then that it seems to be leak free. I've already bought a new hose and clamps, so it's just a matter of replacing it. At first I thought it was oil because it's the golden colored coolant, man you should have seen the look on my face...hahaha.

Do you have a parts Ranger or something because you seem to have a lot of extra Ranger parts around?



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Just an update for you guys!

DUDE!.............My Ranger has'nt ran this good in a while!

My original (I think) lower radiator hose was swollen to death and leaked a little coolant so I replaced it today in about ten minutes or so. There are no visible leaks under this truck now at all. I'm very happy with the way it turned out and recommend it to anyone trying to get more life out of their Ranger that was in the shape mine was in.

I only have "ONE" problem with it, and thank god it's not engine, drivetrain, or leaking fluid related. It's my POWER STEERING PUMP! I know I got some water in it when I was pressure washing it and the fluid does'nt look to good right now, kinda like water's in it. Tomorrow I'm going to flush it out and put fresh fluid in it to see if that fixes it.

If I need to buy a new one though I will (I may even have lifetime on it, but I'll have to check) because man this thing's running good. Quiet, smooth and no sounds to be heard while idling or driving. Take care!



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