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1994 Ranger 4x4 5.0swap

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I haven't been on in a while, figured id start a thread of my current project! My 3.0 kept crapping out on me so i decided to finally ditch it and upgrade to a 5.0 the end result will be a carbed 5.0 with a few power adders paired to a 4speed trans with granny. I've already gotten my donor vehicles and most of my parts gathered minus new headers, flywheel, clutch, and a few odds and ends. an more an better pics to come. sorry they are cell pictures though

Donor vehicle for the motor is a 86(i believe) F-150 with a swapped carbed 302, just rebuilt with cam and i believe bored over some.
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last weekends progress on the ranger:
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off the top of my head, the parts pile includes:(all new) 95 mustang gt motor mounts, ranger trans mount, fox body dual sump pan, oil pump pickup and all gaskets, arp fastners, march underdrive serpentine conversion pullies, billet fuel pump block off plate, holly 1560 600cfm carb w/ electric choke, 1" phenolic carb spacer and studs, MSD 6AL ignition, MSD blaster coil and mount, Canton 90' oil filter adapter, transdapt oil filter relocator, and an explorer 5.0 rad is all so far i believe lol...

hopefully this weekend ill get the donor motor pulled, cleaned, painted, and placed in the ranger... We'll see! biggest thing i think will be hacking the core support up for this monster of a radiator lol. anyone have any pics of this with this particular rad?? then its on to the wiring
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WTF like WTF. I would rather keep the 86. i love them looks to be in decent shape too. please tell me your doing like a 351 in the 86 thats the reason!?
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happy frame cutting!!! you need the lift coil springs off that truck?
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Stone, the 86 has a list of issues that I need to take care of before it'll be safe on he road. Mainly the hackjob wiring from the previous owner. I figured since the ranger needed a motor I could use this one for the time being while I give the 86 some needed attention then hopefully a built 351.

Which coils? The skyjackers out of the ranger will be up for grabs soon an the 6inch coils from the f150 I haven't totally decided on just yet. Shoot me a pm if interested. An hopefully with Tri-y's I won't need to trim any but I haven't found any solid info on their fitment on a 4x4.

Its been raining all day today so no progress or better pics. Weather depending, hopefully I can pull my trans out of my other donor an clean it up an see if it checks out. Mayb even test fit it in the ranger..
Question: how have you guys wired up electric fuel pumps? The one in the 86 is operated via toggle switch. Is it possible to wire it in the ranger using the stock wiring an relay?
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cant wait to see this
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yes it is possible you just need it to come on when you turn the key on. wiring diagrams are your friend
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dude! i have a 95 2.3 4x4 and i wana see this!
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Yeah I agree with the wiring diagrams being my friend. I think I have all of my wiring planned out for the most part. I highly reccomend the EVTM fron helm. Well worth the 20some bucks. Just haven't really looked into the fuel pump situation. An yeah I haven't seen too many write ups on pre 97 4x4 swaps. S ill try an post up plenty of pics hopefully starting tomorrow.
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just need a pressure regulator to turn the pump off so you don't go above the thresh hold of the carburetor psi capacity if that makes sense as in over pressurize the system.
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Yeah makes sense, I'm looking at either a Holly or summit regulator an gauge. Gonna try for around 7 1/2 psi. The regulator actually returns the extra fuel instead of shutting the pump off correct?
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i would think it would depend on the regulator. on like my old ford i have a mechanical pump so its always pumping just as long as you don't go over what the fuel pressure rating for the 5.0
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Not much progress yesterday, just got the trans broke down an cleaned up with new paint an clutch components. Need to I'd my 2transfer cases then ill decide which one I'm running, then get it ready an mate it with the trans. Then ill mock it all up an see where we sit. Pics tom when I can get on the computer
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The little bit of progress i made:
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Anyone able to help id this transfercase? borgwarner something i believe? i have the id tag numbers but it really helped none..
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And just a random shot of the naked ranger haha
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looks like a BW 1356 whats it out of ?
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77 f150.
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i would think it would be a bw1356 too
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Ah... a NP435 transmission! Beef, but not exactly a performance tranmission. I have one in my jeep, the granny is great for pulling and rock crawling, but over all, it is a truck/towing style trans.

If that's what you are going for then it will work great for you!
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Ah... a NP435 transmission! Beef, but not exactly a performance tranmission. I have one in my jeep, the granny is great for pulling and rock crawling, but over all, it is a truck/towing style trans.

If that's what you are going for then it will work great for you!
Yeah i know what the np435 is all about I realize its a bulletproof crawler and not a quick shifting piece. thats what my cobalt ss is for haha. If i end up not liking it afer a while i can always find a 5speed, but im thinking it'll be just fine
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Well early this moring i got a little bit of work done. I found the tag on the back of the transfer case in the '86, its a NP208. So from what i remember reading, the BW1356 will be the better more reliable case out of the 2.
So that being said, i got the BW156 t-case cleaned all up and got a few fresh coats of paint laid down, new trans mount bolted up, and a new vent hose in place. Cleaning and painting have by far been the most time consuming steps thus far in the swap. I offically hate baked on mud! Anywho, i did get a pic for the day:
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stuffs not fun to clean. I think when bob put an f150 trans and t case he had to move the whole assembly to the right 5/8" to get an even amount of clearance on everything
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It looks good. If you want a manual transmission I would recomend a T5 it's damn near a direct bolt in according to the ranger station. I'll be performing a V8 swap soon myself. Right now I'm going through Get your car sponsored by Car Sponsorships and build your dream car and see if I can get sponsors to help me turn my ranger into a monster. So I'll be taking notes on this one. It will be much easier do one on mine considering it's 2WD instead 4WD.
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^^ the t5 wont work since its a 2wd trans and they no longer make the adapter plate fore the 1350 series tcases
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The only way to run a T5 for 4wd is to run one from a Jeep that mates up to a Dana 300. Nice t-case with a 4:1 low gear, but it is not a world class and uses one piece brass synchro's which are not favorable.
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yeah a T5 is essentially a no-go in a 4x4. i looked all over for an adapter for an adapter for the last 8months up until i bought the donor truck with the NP435
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^^ the t5 wont work since its a 2wd trans and they no longer make the adapter plate fore the 1350 series tcases
Oops. Sorry about that. I was thinking about my truck when this post was made. What would be a good manual tranny for 4WD?
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