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Hello,

I have a 1984 Ranger 2wd with a 2.0 I-4 in it right now, but it is blowen. I am considering dropping in a 302 V8 but I have a couple questions.

Does the 1984 ranger have more room in the engine bay than the newer 1990's and 2000's rangers?

Also what is the best and easiest manual transmision to install behind the 302?

The truck is 2wd so I dont have to worry about the transfer case.

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...... Use the search button and make sweet sweet love to it. There are tons of good threads on here of guys doing V8 swaps in to there ranger. You just need to look for it.
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Yes there is more room in your engine bay than the new trucks. The easiest 2wd transmission to run is the T5. I have it in my 302 truck and it works great. There is a VERY nice write up on the site on how to use the stock clutch master cylinder with a cheap slave cylinder setup.
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man i want an old ranger with a 302...
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just put a 302 in your ranger that you have now. Thats what I am doing next.....well that or a triangulated 4 link in the back. One of the two.
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ya i was going to when my engine blew up but i cant pass safety/smog crap cause the engine would need to be same year or newer... so no 5.0, and i wasnt willing to have the down time to put in a 4.6 or 5.4... although that would be bad *** as hell
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ya i was going to when my engine blew up but i cant pass safety/smog crap cause the engine would need to be same year or newer... so no 5.0, and i wasnt willing to have the down time to put in a 4.6 or 5.4... although that would be bad *** as hell
newer? well ford racing is starting to sell the new 2010 mustang DOHC 5.0 engines, I would want one so bad!! just over 6k M-6007-M50 MUSTANG FORD RACING CRATE ENGINE 5.0 412HP
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oooohhhhhhh mmmmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyy gggggggggooooooooooooddddddddddd i want sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo badddd!!!!!!!
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i think the man should just man up and drop that beauty in his 84 with a six speed and build a sweet street strip truck
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hahaha yeah its beautiful, I had the dohc v6 in my taurus that would beat the old foxbody 5.0's, now the 5.0 has dohc and it kicks so much ***!
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i wish i could afford a new 5.0 mustang or ss camaro
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they're making a new z28, its in testing right now, BUT i'd still rather have the new 5.0, it beat EVERYTHING on the car&driver test between and all the srt8's and camaro ss, and it was cheaper
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Well $6k is way way out of my budget range! But I wouldnt mind it if some was to give me that engine I would sure drop it into my ranger!

Luckly here in Kentucky I dont have to worry about any emmissions testing. So I can do what ever I want to.
I guess that is part of the problem I can do what ever I want so I cant make up my mind.

The only thing that is holding me back is money! LoL

I have been working on cars and trucks since I was 12 or 13 and I can weld / fabricate ( although I dont have a welder right now )

I am just looking for ideals from all of you guys that have been messing around with these ranger for awhile.
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u guys are all lucky, I live in the state with the most retarded smog laws, it will not pass smog unless the engine was originally an option with the car, sadly for my truck the 2.9l was the biggest thing u could get
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Well $6k is way way out of my budget range! But I wouldnt mind it if some was to give me that engine I would sure drop it into my ranger!

Luckly here in Kentucky I dont have to worry about any emmissions testing. So I can do what ever I want to.
I guess that is part of the problem I can do what ever I want so I cant make up my mind.

The only thing that is holding me back is money! LoL

I have been working on cars and trucks since I was 12 or 13 and I can weld / fabricate ( although I dont have a welder right now )

I am just looking for ideals from all of you guys that have been messing around with these ranger for awhile.
be prepared for a lot of work, but it is alll worth it, if i could do it over again, i would take more time to do it right rather than do a quick throw together project. guess thats always the case tho..live and learn. i will prolly tear mine down in the next couple years and do a frame up restoration..

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