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I'm sorry about that my info is a little out of date. It would work good in my truck though. But I plan on using a C4 with a 10 in TQ converter, and a limited slip rear diff. I found a fox mustang and an old econoline van that's got the 351 windsor. Having trouble deciding on which engine. The slavge yard also has a 460 big block that they're begging me to take but that would be too much for the truck to handle, and plus I'd have to cut my truck in half just to make it fit. No inner fender wells new firewall and other odds and ends.
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Well I had a free hour today and finally got around to taking the stock tranny out. got that accomplished so it looks like ill remove motor mounts and set the tranny in place the next free time i come across. Well after i get that ford blue off of that tranny and make it silver to match the t-case. blue was a bad call on my part lol. Anyways here's 2pics of the clearance i have. I believe the 3" bodylift is gonna help a great deal and make this a "breeze". (if there is such a thing!)

Pesky mounts ive been trying to avoid. its tight to get under that crossmember with the 4x4 brackets and beams
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I believe with that extra gap there'll be plenty of room
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Well I had a free hour today and finally got around to taking the stock tranny out. got that accomplished so it looks like ill remove motor mounts and set the tranny in place the next free time i come across. Well after i get that ford blue off of that tranny and make it silver to match the t-case. blue was a bad call on my part lol. Anyways here's 2pics of the clearance i have. I believe the 3" bodylift is gonna help a great deal and make this a "breeze". (if there is such a thing!)

Pesky mounts ive been trying to avoid. its tight to get under that crossmember with the 4x4 brackets and beams


I believe with that extra gap there'll be plenty of room
looks good man. real good. What type of rear suspension and rear gear ratios are you plan on using if I may ask.
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looks good man. real good. What type of rear suspension and rear gear ratios are you plan on using if I may ask.
Currently as it sits it has an explorer 8.8 w/ disks an an open 3.73. Being as I just rebuilt it when I installed it, its gonna stay in place long as I have the 33s on. But come spring that's gonna change with the rest of the suspension
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Currently as it sits it has an explorer 8.8 w/ disks an an open 3.73. Being as I just rebuilt it when I installed it, its gonna stay in place long as I have the 33s on. But come spring that's gonna change with the rest of the suspension
kool. I plan on switching to either an I.R.S or a 3 link with a Panhard rod set up. The 3 link with a panhard rod set up would be perfect for me considering that in my area there's alot of curved roads and uneven pavement surfaces. The 8.8 inch housing I'm keeping alond with the 4.10:1 rear gears.
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SICK! Full size power FTW!
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I know man. I rode in 2 so far that have had the conversion done. It's KILLER. the first was a 1991 5.0 swap and it was awesome. The second was a 98 with a 347 and it was even better. Both were 4 barrel carbed motors and would flat out scream.
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Ah I know! Even though this won't be one of the high performance builds That goes to the strip, I still can't wait haha. The truck will be great for what I want out of it. Oh an the sound should be pretty awesome too!
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Ah I know! Even though this won't be one of the high performance builds That goes to the strip, I still can't wait haha. The truck will be great for what I want out of it. Oh an the sound should be pretty awesome too!
These that I rode in were built for the street. Are you drooling yet? The carbs the guy that I rode with were only 450 CFM steet carbs by Holley.
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Drooling?? Have been since I got this idea stuck in my head! I'd love to see my reaction when I fire this thing up for the first time

Oh an yeah no progress has been made since removal of the stock trans. Work an rain are holding me back, not too worried about December weather though haha. Mental note; next time line up a shop or garage!
However I am off friday an sunday. So weather permitting I'd like to remove the 3.0 mounts an FINALLY remove the motor from the '86 donor an get it ready! I wanna wait however to test fit it an get my mounts installed until I get headers. Ill order them this weekend but.....

As I stated earlier, I'd like to run Tri-y's. However I've been looking and looking an still can't find if anyones attempted up run them on a 4x4. Probably overlooked it somewhere. If I can't find anything I just may be the test dummy and try them out anyways. You guys know anything about this?
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Drooling?? Have been since I got this idea stuck in my head! I'd love to see my reaction when I fire this thing up for the first time

Oh an yeah no progress has been made since removal of the stock trans. Work an rain are holding me back, not too worried about December weather though haha. Mental note; next time line up a shop or garage!
However I am off friday an sunday. So weather permitting I'd like to remove the 3.0 mounts an FINALLY remove the motor from the '86 donor an get it ready! I wanna wait however to test fit it an get my mounts installed until I get headers. Ill order them this weekend but.....

As I stated earlier, I'd like to run Tri-y's. However I've been looking and looking an still can't find if anyones attempted up run them on a 4x4. Probably overlooked it somewhere. If I can't find anything I just may be the test dummy and try them out anyways. You guys know anything about this?
Summit Racing - High Performance Car and Truck Parts l 800-230-3030 they carry alot of engine swap kits for both the Ranger and S10 dimers. The swap kit for the listed is for a 2WD though. the other place that might know more would be the Ranger Station, here's the Link: The Ranger Station - Your Ultimate Ranger Resource . They mentioned somewhere in the info I printed about using the stock 3.0 mounts but I am not certain. I'd check to be sure.
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Drooling?? Have been since I got this idea stuck in my head! I'd love to see my reaction when I fire this thing up for the first time

Oh an yeah no progress has been made since removal of the stock trans. Work an rain are holding me back, not too worried about December weather though haha. Mental note; next time line up a shop or garage!
However I am off friday an sunday. So weather permitting I'd like to remove the 3.0 mounts an FINALLY remove the motor from the '86 donor an get it ready! I wanna wait however to test fit it an get my mounts installed until I get headers. Ill order them this weekend but.....

As I stated earlier, I'd like to run Tri-y's. However I've been looking and looking an still can't find if anyones attempted up run them on a 4x4. Probably overlooked it somewhere. If I can't find anything I just may be the test dummy and try them out anyways. You guys know anything about this?
here's another link with a list of parts and a sound clip. You'll enjoy this link. Turn up the sound and enjoy: www.v8ranger.com . Also here's some engine info I got from that guy I rode with that has already done the swap twice. He used an X303 roller cam from Ford racing and 351 windsor heads bolted right on and gave him the Clearance he needed to run that camshaft, and it sounds nasty (like a Harley on steroids).
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Found another link, and yes the Tri Y headers has been done. Ranger V8 Conversion . On the very front page you'll find a link within the site that says headers submission. click it.
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good to see your takin care of all the small details! it will be worth the extra time and effort when your done ill be following
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good to see your takin care of all the small details! it will be worth the extra time and effort when your done ill be following
Yep. People don't take into account alot of stuff when it comes to something like this. I'm on my 4th 3.0 this year. each time a new engine has gone in the dealer takes a minimum of 3 weeks. This last time it took over a month. The reason it takes so long is the fact that they have other crap going on and they have other customers to deal with. If I had found a V8 sooner, they would've put one in. The tech knows it would fit and so does everyone else. But the service writer that just left recently talked like it was impossible which is pretty ovious that it aint. Engine swaps is nothing new. There's enough info about it that if you get stuck or have a problem you'll find a solution for it in no time.
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Summit Racing - High Performance Car and Truck Parts l 800-230-3030 they carry alot of engine swap kits for both the Ranger and S10 dimers. The swap kit for the listed is for a 2WD though. the other place that might know more would be the Ranger Station, here's the Link: The Ranger Station - Your Ultimate Ranger Resource . They mentioned somewhere in the info I printed about using the stock 3.0 mounts but I am not certain. I'd check to be sure.
Ah must not have been clear in the post, that's my fault. I have mustang mounts an all other parts for the actual "swap" minus headers. An yeah I have been a member of TRS forever haha. This build is in the v8 section there too. Thanks though! An I'm getting ready to check out the link for the Tri-y's in the 4x4
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Ah must not have been clear in the post, that's my fault. I have mustang mounts an all other parts for the actual "swap" minus headers. An yeah I have been a member of TRS forever haha. This build is in the v8 section there too. Thanks though! An I'm getting ready to check out the link for the Tri-y's in the 4x4
Oh ok, I didn't know what all parts you had. Those other sites I gave you earlier have you tried them yet? that www.v8ranger.com has a sound clip. the other is http://mercuranger.com has that list of headers and parts. Plus I'd thought you'd enjoy the It's alive sound bite when you first log into the site. L.O.L (joker style from the 1989 batman movie). Are those from a Foxbody mustang by any chance?
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Yep, checked out all of those! Been doing a bunch of research for the past 9ish months until i felt comfortable to start this swap.
Mounts are from a 95 Mustang GT. Same as the foxbody convertable mounts i believe.

Quick update:
Mounts removed from ranger. Easier than i imagined. just a busted knuckle hahahah

Motor removed from donor truck. Well unhooked from everything, but still in the engine bay due to the rain starting before i could set it else where.

While pulling the carb off of the motor i quickly discovered that i wont be using the Holley intake manifold that was already on the motor. someone drilled holes in it to mount a 4barrel carb to it. ugh idiots.... needless to say the carb was by no means seated properly. lifted it off pretty much. should explain why it had no power hahaha.

So.... im in the market for a new intake. Anyone have any experience with weiand? particularly the stealth manifold. claims to aid in power from idle to 6800 which sounds perfect to me....
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Yep, checked out all of those! Been doing a bunch of research for the past 9ish months until i felt comfortable to start this swap.
Mounts are from a 95 Mustang GT. Same as the foxbody convertable mounts i believe.

Quick update:
Mounts removed from ranger. Easier than i imagined. just a busted knuckle hahahah

Motor removed from donor truck. Well unhooked from everything, but still in the engine bay due to the rain starting before i could set it else where.

While pulling the carb off of the motor i quickly discovered that i wont be using the Holley intake manifold that was already on the motor. someone drilled holes in it to mount a 4barrel carb to it. ugh idiots.... needless to say the carb was by no means seated properly. lifted it off pretty much. should explain why it had no power hahaha.

So.... im in the market for a new intake. Anyone have any experience with weiand? particularly the stealth manifold. claims to aid in power from idle to 6800 which sounds perfect to me....
here's a link that might interest you: http://www.fordcobraengines.com/compareefi.asp . It has the looks of a Carb and installs within 30 minutes or less. But it's fuel injection. The Stealth manifold aint really as good as it claims to be. I'd use either holley, eldlebrock, or demon. weiand has some good manifolds but the one you mentioned isn't one of them. It just doesn't last. Edlebrock has a killer manifold called Airgap.it's an air ram style manifold that allows for kooler fuel temps. That's the only problem we had with weiand stealth manifold. Fuel gets too hot and the stealth manifold tends to warp but this info is based on racing, not the street.

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I've looked at the kit, in the next motor i build if i go fi ill possibly go that route. But right now its more than i wanna spend considering i have a brand new carb, spacer, and all of that fun stuff still in the box never been opened.
Thanks for your info on the stealth, it sounded too perfect for what i wanted.. figures itd have a major flaw like that.

Still havent decided on intake or headers yet. Waiting till i can pull the heads off of my block and see if i have pistons with valve clearances or not. If they do then ill probably run gt40s or 40p's. ah the options..
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get the eldlebrock air gap intake my buddy has one on his 67 fairlane 500 and he loves it
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get the eldlebrock air gap intake my buddy has one on his 67 fairlane 500 and he loves it
That's a damn good manifold for a carb setup. Plus if you ever had the problem of starting a carbed engine cold weather this intake manifold helps in a big way and it also helps in fuel economy too.

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I've looked at the kit, in the next motor i build if i go fi ill possibly go that route. But right now its more than i wanna spend considering i have a brand new carb, spacer, and all of that fun stuff still in the box never been opened.
Thanks for your info on the stealth, it sounded too perfect for what i wanted.. figures itd have a major flaw like that.

Still havent decided on intake or headers yet. Waiting till i can pull the heads off of my block and see if i have pistons with valve clearances or not. If they do then ill probably run gt40s or 40p's. ah the options..
Hedman headers are really good and use either the shorty or block huggers and that will give you the clearance needed to install your engine. Hedman and Hooker headers are the same except Hedman is alot cheaper. or you can check Summit Racing - High Performance Car and Truck Parts l 800-230-3030 out. The have a set of 5.0 headers for around $88.00 bucks or so. it's summit's own brand yes but since you're on budget why not. That's the only thing stopping me right now is money problems. I'd be done already if it wasn't for that. Especially after the 2 polished terds Geico's insurance supplier sent me. 3 engines installed in less than 4 months, tell that me doesn't suck. the first lasted almost to the first oil change and the other lasted 2 weeks. I'm on my 4th engine now and I think it needs some new plugs and plug wires. On certain gasoline brands it tends to miss a bit but I'll fix that really soon.

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Ah ok, so no real progress worth mentioning. Just figuring id drop in so it doesnt look like i quit an ran away hahaha.
I did just order the inside the framerail Transmission crossmember from suicidedoors.com (same piece teddyzee has) and a "built not bought" sticker that im sure i can stick somewhere
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