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

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96 explorer 4.0 n 90 ranger 4.0

Hi guys it's been awhile but I need some info maybe y'all have some insight. I bought an engine from a 96 explorer 4wd with everything still bolted engine except for alt and PS pump and I got the trans, converter and starter. I bought this for my 90 ranger but I'm being told that there r difference between the years like oil pan,oil pump engine mounts and fuel injection system. This info came from a local mechanic I haven't looked over both engines yet to compare just like to know if his right or do I have to swap all the parts off trucks engine to explorer engine b4 install
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1996 explorer would have the 4.0l OHV engine, same 4.0l engine as in a 1990 Ranger.
1997 explorer could have either 4.0l OHV or 4.0l SOHC, these are totally different engines.

So assuming it is a 1996 4.0l OHV engine it would use same fuel pressure as 1990 Ranger.

2WD and 4WD engines do have different oil pans, for front axle clearance.

The crankshaft from 1990 to 1996 had 6 bolts for flex plate, in 1997 it had 8 bolts, so assuming 1996 you should be fine.

1990 4.0l ranger would have an A4LD automatic with TCC and OD computer controlled solenoids
1996 4.0l explorer would have 4R55E automatic with full shift control solenoids

So your 1990 computer can't control the 1996 transmission, can't use it, it also doesn't have speedometer cable hook up
Rangers didn't get 4R55E until 1995, when the newer EEC-V computer was added with OBD2, probably not a road you want to go down, full wiring change needed.
Sell the 4R55E and used money to rebuild A4LD if it needs it.

You would pull the lower and upper intake from the 1990 4.0l, and use it on the 1996 4.0l OHV, that's to match wiring harness, and no benefit in using the 1996 intake in any case.

And yes swap the oil pan, also replace rear main seal, they are cheap and hard to get to with engine installed.
The 1996 will have a Cam Synchro behind lower intake, 1990 will have a "plug", you need to swap the "plug" to the 1996, that is the oil pump drive, important part, the Cam Synchros had bushing issues, they wore out, while you could leave it in, it is just easier to swap out with engines out of vehicle

Basically you just want the block and heads

Here is an article on the 4.0l OHV: Rebuilding The Ford 4.0L Pushrod V6, Doug Anderson, Automotive Rebuilder, April 2001

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Thanks that's wat I was figuring. Since I have to swap oil pans do I have to change oil pumps to I don't want to consider that my engine has close to 300k. I'm not using trans in my truck I'm going to b saving that for my wife's explorer. So basically just swap the necessary parts needed to directly bolt n
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Oil pump pick up tube may need to be changed, not oil pump itself.
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