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5.0 in a 3.0 ranger?

a friend of mine offered my his 5.0 in exchange for my 3.0 (he wants better mileage)

will the engine fit in without a mounting kit?

will i have to trade trannys? (both automatics)

its a option that i wold like to do, what do you think about this, is it a good idea on a 91 truck
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you will need a mounting kit. a better radiator. if you go EFI you will need like they whole wiring harness. and probly run a AOD trans. if you want to go cheap run a carbed 302 with a C4. eather case you will need your driveshaft shortend. if you dont have a 8.8 rear end you will want to get one. and little thing to make it work...

or you could buy yourself a recked 302 explorer and do a total swap of everypart...
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wow, that's some trade
do a search there are a couple of threads running on a 5.0 swap out
it may not be as easy as you think and you will need a pretty complete set of tools and proper work enviroment to do the swap
the swap is very custom and not just a drop in of the V8
engine management systems are complicated and not very user friendly
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wow, that's some trade
do a search there are a couple of threads running on a 5.0 swap out
it may not be as easy as you think and you will need a pretty complete set of tools and proper work enviroment to do the swap
the swap is very custom and not just a drop in of the V8
engine management systems are complicated and not very user friendly
thats why you could do what i am and run it carbed and a C4 that way no computers or anything electronic..minus a proform distrubotor or run a MSD box
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im not very good with engines, i just know how to keep it running and fix minor things, my friend is a mechanic and he said he will do the whole thing
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im not very good with engines, i just know how to keep it running and fix minor things, my friend is a mechanic and he said he will do the whole thing
ya i wouldnt do it to a daily driver but thats me
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ya i wouldnt do it to a daily driver but thats me
i plan to do off-roading and my friend has a dakota w/ a 345 hemi that he races and i want to have a chance against him
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what year is your ranger?
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if you dont trade i will
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what year and vehicle is this 5.0 going to be coming from? you would need his transmision as well for the 5.0. id say do it if he is going to help but make sure hes not screwing u over...good luck
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yours is a 91? hell do it carbed with a C4 dont do fuel injection
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the engine is from a 80's mustang, hu rebuilt to race with

i was auctly thinking about jst modding my engine for better performance
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itll never be the same as the 5.0..........id do it sh*t...
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Make sure you trust this friend and his ability to do this swap. Don't want him giving up halfway through and leaving you with a big mess.
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personally.. for my 3.0 anyways, a 5.0 has much better milage, non the less, id rather have that power
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Anybody need a working (rusty) block?

http://www.rrorc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=27132
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yours is a 91? hell do it carbed with a C4 dont do fuel injection
What is your obsession with carbs? I would rather go fuel injection even though its "more complicated". It performs better offroad, won't bog down, flood on angles, starts after being parked...
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What is your obsession with carbs? I would rather go fuel injection even though its "more complicated". It performs better offroad, won't bog down, flood on angles, starts after being parked...
I think its simplicity more then functionality. For the cost of boneyarding a Ecc4 setup and converting to EFI at a later date, it might be *easier* to go with a carb at first and a stand-alone management system at a later date.

If the trade includes the EFI to begin with, might be a good *time saving* idea to start with it from the beginning.
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a friend of mine offered my his 5.0 in exchange for my 3.0 (he wants better mileage)

will the engine fit in without a mounting kit?

will i have to trade trannys? (both automatics)

its a option that i wold like to do, what do you think about this, is it a good idea on a 91 truck
the dude needs to see a shrink.
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^^ya i know thats almost as bad as someone offered me a 4.3 from their s10(they were building a hot rod 454) and said that the tranny and engine would perfectly bolt up
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