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Old 04-27-2006
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Blown 2.8 leaves room for a 5.0

Well those of you that know I blew the 2.8L motor in my ranger at Wharton last weekend know that that is teh tragedy i am talking about. Now for the good thing. I have a donor 302 out of an 87 Mercury that is going to be going in the Ranger. it will be a slow process but I will be getting it done and I can't wait. I feel like a kid with a new play toy.

I will take pictures as I go along and post them up kind of as a progress thing
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man cant wait fo the next wharton meet then. that truck will be crazier then before. good luck
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That'll be a freakin sweet finished product!
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Whoo hoo! Not a problem, an OPPORTUNITY!!!!

Good luck on the conversion, Mike! Looking forward to seeing it in action.
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Sweeeeet. I want one tooooo!
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ahh so we did kill the 2.8 i guess... well now the truck is gonna become very fun
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Cool, you'll be able to keep up with me now
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Dateline Friday May 5th.........

Ok now seriously last night we removed the motor from the donor car a 1987 Mercury Grand Marquis. With a 30 pack, some extra cheese pizza and about 3 hours we had the motor and trans out. We also broke down the motor to get it ready to go to the engine shop to get freshened up.

Upon removing the motor we found that i got luck and got a Roller Motor. I will get a couple pics of the donor car and the motor when i take my camera with me to the shop but for now progress is happening.
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SWEET! Cant wait to see the pic's up. if you go to www.jamesduff.com they have some nice stuff there for the swap.
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Cool, progress is good. What is a roller motor?
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my guess is he got a low mileage motor froma car that was totalled do to roll over rather then being driven to death..I could be way off though
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I think he means that it had a roller cam. That's what it means to me. bob
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or that lol
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Rollor Motor is a motor that the lifters are rollors they are better becuase they don't wear out and they are more responsive.
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my guess is he got a low mileage motor froma car that was totalled do to roll over rather then being driven to death..I could be way off though
Thats pretty good i like it.

No the motor actually came out of a 1987 Grand Marquis
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eh you win some you lose some . haha

that Fiver is gonna be killer!
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Spent Sunday removing the interior so we can weld a new floor into it and install the bucket seats and Havis-Shields Center Console. This I did get pics of and will post them up tonight when I get home from work.
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sounds good my man! lets do it!
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WOW somehow I missed this post. Cool sounds good Mike. Is the 5.0L EFI or Carb ? Let me know if you need another set of hands I might only be an hour aways and i am still off work so i got time.
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Sweet man. I'm working on the project a little at a time. the motor is EFI now but we are changing it over to Carbed.
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Sweet man. I'm working on the project a little at a time. the motor is EFI now but we are changing it over to Carbed.
Why ? That seem backwards wouldn't the EFI be better ? I don't really know anything about carbs.
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Why ? That seem backwards wouldn't the EFI be better ? I don't really know anything about carbs.
Im with him, if your still going to contiue to wheel, i hope you use a carb more suited for the offroad world. Unless you wheel in places like florida, FLAT!!!
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EFI is better but when you have a truck that has no electronic anything in it I don't feel like messing with changing all that EFI stuff over and hope that it works. Holly makes a Truck Avenger Carb that is supposed to work on a 45* angle and 30* side angle. For now i will start with whatever carb I can get then move on to something better. this is a LOW budget project.
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EFI is better but when you have a truck that has no electronic anything in it I don't feel like messing with changing all that EFI stuff over and hope that it works. Holly makes a Truck Avenger Carb that is supposed to work on a 45* angle and 30* side angle. For now i will start with whatever carb I can get then move on to something better. this is a LOW budget project.
I never did anything like that before, but i would think all you would have to do is mount the computer and route the wiring harness and it should all work. I don't know what else you would need to convert or do. But like i said i have never done anything like that before so i don't really know.
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I'm doing this project at my buddies shop (he is a certified mechanic) we talked about it and he said that the Carbed project would be EASIER and CHEAPER two things I am looking for in this project. Don't worry ben when we get done the truck will be 1000Xs better than it was the last time you saw it.
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