04 Motor Swap 4L SOHC - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


4.0L OHV & SOHC V6 Tech General discussion of 4.0L OHV and SOHC V6 Ford Ranger engines.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-22-2011
Ford04Ranger4.0's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Plattsburgh, New York
Posts: 3,390
Icon5 04 Motor Swap 4L SOHC

I bought a 2004 ext cab, power everything, black 04 Ranger. Bone stock for $500. No rot but with 160K. The guy I bought it from said last time he drove it there was less then a quart of oil. Its has a noise like a bent rod or something. My question is that could I take a motor from an 01-03 Ranger 4L SOHC and do a direct swap or do I have to buy a 2004 4L SOHC. Any advice with harness or anything would help thanks. I'll post pics once I start.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-22-2011
BlackRanger04's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Louisville,KY
Posts: 1,240
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ford04Ranger4.0 View Post
I bought a 2004 ext cab, power everything, black 04 Ranger. Bone stock for $500. No rot but with 160K. The guy I bought it from said last time he drove it there was less then a quart of oil. Its has a noise like a bent rod or something. My question is that could I take a motor from an 01-03 Ranger 4L SOHC and do a direct swap or do I have to buy a 2004 4L SOHC. Any advice with harness or anything would help thanks. I'll post pics once I start.
You got a good deal on that, is the truck beat all to hell or was the guy just despirate for money or both?
But to answer your question, you can use a 01-03 4.0 SOHC if you're just using the long block and not any of the electronics. You need to keep all the wiring from the 04 and put it onto the older engine.
I really wouldn't use a 2001 or a 2002 4.0 because of the timing chain tensioner issue.

Last edited by BlackRanger04; 10-23-2011 at 09:46 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-23-2011
FULLSCALE's Avatar
Level III Supporter

iTrader: (12)
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Clinton, Ontario
Posts: 8,181
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackRanger04 View Post
I really wouldn't use a 2001 or a 2002 4.0 because of the timing chain tensioner issue.
I was thinking the same... if that truck was in my garage for $500 I'd be looking for a 302!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-23-2011
RLong31's Avatar
The Ban Hammer
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Monrovia, IN
Posts: 2,629
Quote:
Originally Posted by FULLSCALE View Post
I was thinking the same... if that truck was in my garage for $500 I'd be looking for a 302!
Exactly... for a $500 project... why put a 4.0 back in it when you already have a truck w/ the 4.0. Unless you're just trying to turn a profit.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-23-2011
Ford04Ranger4.0's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Plattsburgh, New York
Posts: 3,390
Truck isnt all beaten up, he wanted $1400 but I talked him down to $500 cause of the motor problem. I wont swap a 5.0L in it cause of time and money, my plan is to flip the truck before winter. So I have to use a 4.0L out of a 04 or can I use a 4.0L out of other years. I know of the tensioner issue in the 01s but it seems the 02s had it fixed. I know I have to keep all the electronics off the old engine but all I want to know is if I use a diffrent year engine will it work. Such as the harness plug ins.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-24-2011
Ford04Ranger4.0's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Plattsburgh, New York
Posts: 3,390
Nobody has done an engine swap on a sohc?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-27-2011
Ford04Ranger4.0's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Plattsburgh, New York
Posts: 3,390
Finished the swap. I bought a used 02 expo motor with 90K miles for $200. I noticed the diffrence was that the fuel rail, injectors, upper intake and egr. The old motor I took apart and the timming chain tensenior was broken on the right head. Anybody tear a SOHC apart?
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-27-2011
StxDangerRanger's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Flat Rock, Mi
Posts: 6,313
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ford04Ranger4.0 View Post
Finished the swap. I bought a used 02 expo motor with 90K miles for $200. I noticed the diffrence was that the fuel rail, injectors, upper intake and egr. The old motor I took apart and the timming chain tensenior was broken on the right head. Anybody tear a SOHC apart?
I did once. But it was to take heads off. Didn't really concern too much with the Timing Chain.
How was the Swap? In 4 weeks that was quick.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-27-2011
Ford04Ranger4.0's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Plattsburgh, New York
Posts: 3,390
It went fairly easy would have been closer to 2 weeks but the cold/frost and snow up here screwed everything up. The hardest was finding a motor, not alot of people have changed a SOHC yet so I went in with no help. I broke one trans bolt and changed all the gaskets on this new motor, thermostat, waterpump and changed the knock sensor since its under the plastic intake. There are atleast three diffrent style intakes for the 4L SOHC.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-14-2012
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pearl River, LA
Posts: 92
I have a 2000 Explorer 4.0L SOHC I am considering putting in a 2000 Ranger (current engine 3.0L 296K miles) . The 4.0 is high mileage 243K. I'm gonna do a compression check on the engine, then I'm gonna do some serious marking of wires and picture taking as I remove everything and take parts off the vehicle. Now after that. I am gonna replace the timing chains and all that stuff in there. Depending on compression, I may go further. Initially, I was gonna just rebuild the engine completely. :)

We'll see. I might do a lil port matching, give the exhaust a lil breathing room....maybe. This is basically my Yard truck but I want to be able to just hop in and go where I want. Sorta...."Drive that ole Chrysler to Mexico boy !! Uhhh...Keep your hands on the wheel there !! Now ya got it !! ZZ TOP !!
LOL

How much of a pain are the perpherials going to be ?? I thinking I gotta change it all but I have everything. I'm gonna refresh the transmission as well.

Touchdowns everyone. :D
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Motor Swap from Flex Fuel 3.0 to Non Flex Fuel Motor? mp5raycer General Technical & Electrical 1 09-21-2014 12:09 AM
Is my motor 2.3L or 2.5L? 1994 SOHC i4 94mtx SOHC - 2.3L & 2.5L Lima Engines 2 08-19-2011 08:08 PM
Where is the blower motor on a 4.0 SOHC? xdaniel817x 4.0L OHV & SOHC V6 Tech 2 06-22-2011 02:01 PM
For Sale: 4.0L motor parts, OHV and SOHC- Avon, IN fishy2k8 Engine & Drivetrain 16 12-19-2010 11:13 PM
4.0 sohc vs 3.0 motor mounts 04blackedge General Ford Ranger Discussion 16 03-23-2009 03:35 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:34 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.