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Old 11-06-2010
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might get a v8

I just got back from the junk yard and asked how much they charge for a 5.0 V8, the guy said 140 or 150 ...i said ill be back next week ...

Anything wrong with buying this from the junkyard ??
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just go over the motor with a fine tooth comb...id pull the valve covers and check for buildup
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Only issue is the amount of parts you must locate....Some are easy....others are tough! Transmission, Computer, Rear End, Wiring Harnesses nuts, bolts, screws, brackets, sensors and other little things that may be needed from a donor Expo. If you have the extra cash you will come out better buying an entire Explorer or Mountaineer....just my 2 cents
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I agree. Buying the full vehicle is the best bet. That way if you need something it's right there and you know it's not gonna be missing.

Most guys that swap in a 5.0 are running the 3.slow. I'm surprised you want to swap since you are a 4.0. Besides torque the horse power is pretty equal stock wise. I mean if you get it built that will be a different story.
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Old 11-07-2010
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More power the better in my eyes. I would like to do work to the motor but the thing about that is the cash. So if i do decide to do this it will be done right.
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More power the better in my eyes. I would like to do work to the motor but the thing about that is the cash. So if i do decide to do this it will be done right.
Get the entire vehicle, mark the locations of EVERYTHING. Then pull the engine apart and rebuild it to get more hp and blah blah blah.

Here's some quote i foudn online...

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The 5.0L explorer motors are hidden jewels. I recommend the 1996 engine.

The 1996 explorer consists of a GT40 intake, GT40 heads, and a 65mm Throttle body from the factory.

In 1997 Ford switched the explorers to the GT40P heads. If you use these heads a special exhaust manifold is required because of the angle of the spark plug.

By adding just a cam and 1.6 roller rockers to these engines, you will have a beast of a motor.

If you like classics, stick with the Ford Racing E303 cam. It works great with Automatic Transmissions.

To check and see which heads you have count the bars that are cast into the front or back of the heads.

3 bars =GT40
4 bars =GT40P
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If this does happen i think i will just buy the hole thing. then i could get the rear disc brakes too...
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If this does happen i think i will just buy the hole thing. then i could get the rear disc brakes too...
Bingo! I got mine for $750...slightly wrecked in the back! I see them all the time from $750-2,000. Just keep looking around and you will find what you need.
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If I found a nice built 5.0 I would get it but I would rather have a custom built 4.0 for a DD. plus, you would have a custom built 4.0 SOHC Ranger. how many of those are there?
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I wouldn't be getting the same amount of power, noise, torque, and self satisfaction as i would be with the 5.0 .... this truck is gonna be a DD for me and you just scared me about that hahaha. I do drive a lot for work.
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I believe the 2004 cluster scares you more than anything else ... lol ...j/k
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You don't like the look of it ?? haha whys everyone hate it
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You don't like the look of it ?? haha whys everyone hate it
No, I really like the look of it. I meant that you not being able to use your 2004 cluster probably scares you. (I know it scares me)

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Yeah hes right. Going between the 04+ engines and pre-04 engines is tough. the security, fuel, and stuff is set up differently.

bob actually swapped the expo steering column from his 5.0 donor into his truck due to the PATS issue.
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This project is a little to high in the money asspects for me... I had no idea it was this much work...what's everyones opinion on working the 4.0 ? Meaning like boring it out bigger pistons heads cam puppies exhaust, will I see a gain or is it not worth it?
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If you would be ok having a 1998-2003 cluser in your truck, it probably wouldn't break the bank.
(I think if someone invented an adapter kit that let you keep your 2004+ cluster when doing a engine swap they would be millionaires)

This has turned out to be so much of a problem for me that I'm going to sell both of my trucks and buy a 2004 + Ranger with a 4.0 SOHC already in it.
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