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i currently have a 1994 2.4L I4 with RWD. I want a 4.0 with 4wd. I would just go out and buy one but i don't trust how other people have treated their cars, so I want to buy a SOHC 4.0 and overhaul it and then put it in my current truck for the power untill i can afford the one with the 4WD system. besides the obvious transmission issues, would it work... i know that the cologne v6 was used in every year from like 91-08 but are the engine mounts the same? are there any other problems asociated?
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Will it work? Yeh but its going to be a lot of work and probally would be better off to go with a 5.0. First off SOHC 4.0's are in 01+ trucks and PATS and obd2 would be a *****, OHV 4.0s were used from 90-00. That would be the easiest 4.0l swap to do. You would need Tranny ECU and wiring. Plus the other stuff if you wanted 4wd!
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Will it work? Yeh but its going to be a lot of work and probally would be better off to go with a 5.0. First off SOHC 4.0's are in 01+ trucks and PATS and obd2 would be a *****, OHV 4.0s were used from 90-00. That would be the easiest 4.0l swap to do. You would need Tranny ECU and wiring. Plus the other stuff if you wanted 4wd!
i was thinking of just getting the engine from some junk yard and overhauling it, shoving it in my 94 and then saving for anything with 4wd then swapping again. or would it be cheaper/ easier to just try and add 4 wd to mine.

was this 5.0L a V8?

i was thinking SOHC because there is something that rubs me the wrong way about pushrod, unless you can quell that
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i was thinking of just getting the engine from some junk yard and overhauling it, shoving it in my 94 and then saving for anything with 4wd then swapping again. or would it be cheaper/ easier to just try and add 4 wd to mine.

was this 5.0L a V8?

i was thinking SOHC because there is something that rubs me the wrong way about pushrod, unless you can quell that
5.0 is a v8 yes also known as a 302, Im not saying you cant put a SOHC in your truck its just the simple fact that it would be a lot easier to put a v8 in there and would have more power, putting a SOHC in your truck just wouldnt be cost or time effective!
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5.0 is a v8 yes also known as a 302, Im not saying you cant put a SOHC in your truck its just the simple fact that it would be a lot easier to put a v8 in there and would have more power, putting a SOHC in your truck just wouldnt be cost or time effective!
OH REALLY!?!?! you have piqued my interest, more ,power and less work... that makes me happy. would the engine mounts work? can i find a manual tranny for it?
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Search will be your best friend! Plenty of people have done it and there is a lot of good info around! Yes you can find a manual tranny for them, T-5's tor t-56's but good luck getting your hands on a t-56 if you dont have money lol.
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would the ohv 4.0 be easier still? and have a tranny that's easier to find?
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would the ohv 4.0 be easier still? and have a tranny that's easier to find?
Easier than the 5.0? Probally about the same, and the t-5 for the 5.0 is easy to find i was refering to the other one. t-5's are everywhere, Around where i live any how im sure it's deffirent depending on location.
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what is the difference between the two trannies
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t-5 is 5 speed t-56 is a 6 lol
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haha, ok, and a massive difference in price... i think i'll take the dive on gas milage and just go with a 5 speed
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Don't blame you, did you find info on the 5.0 swap? Let me know if not ill post up some links for you.
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i'll take a look soon, thanks for the help. i'll be talking to you a lot i feel.
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No problem, feel free to pm me with ?'s
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if you really want a 4.0, the easiest thing would be to find a 94 or older 4.0. if you used a 95+ motor, you are looking a complete rewire and would be a lot easier if you had a complete vehicle. so in that case, would be better to find a new truck. I would go with a carb'd 5.0. simple to wire, will fit, etc.
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hp difference between the 5.0 carb and a 5.0 efi? or is there one that would fit
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your going to need to beef up the front suspension as well....the I4 weighs alot less than a V8...
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well, assuming that i am still just going to use it temp and put it in another truck later, how compatable is the 5.0 with other years.

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So, where would I find one of these 5.0's and the tranny. What cars/ trucks do they come stock in?
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The 5.0/302 was ford's 350 sbc, they came in almost everything that had a v8 in it for awhile, 94 and older stangs, some vans, older f150s, and expos
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sweet, cheap parts
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Also you can find them in older t-birds
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not that i would do that to one but is the 5.0 out of the new mustangs the same?
and if not, when is my year cap
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Will it work? Yeh but its going to be a lot of work and probally would be better off to go with a 5.0. First off SOHC 4.0's are in 01+ trucks and PATS and obd2 would be a *****, OHV 4.0s were used from 90-00. That would be the easiest 4.0l swap to do. You would need Tranny ECU and wiring. Plus the other stuff if you wanted 4wd!
What if both trucks have obd2? I'm putting a 2008 4.0 SOHC in place of my 2004 3.0 OHV.
I do have a doner truck, I wouldn't even think about doing this without a doner vehicle.
Oh yeah, and what about the PATS? Will I need to get the keys and steering colum off of the 2008 and put on my truck?
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yes you will thats for sure you will have to have the key's, and the comp for the motor and it all has to match or you will have to have the stealership program them for ya. it should work although i dont know all of the lil bitty details for the 3.0 to 4.0L swap. I did a 4.0L ohv to 4.0L SOHC https://www.ranger-forums.com/f33/4-...0l-sohc-93309/
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