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Got some more work done on the truck, Man this is hard work, WHEW... I ran into a bit of a problem tonight that im going to have to work out tomorrow morning. The passenger side motor mount bracket bolts are sheared off into the block SOOOOO i have to figure out how to remove them. Ill have to drill and see if i cant get them out that way.. They are soaking in pb blaster right now so hopefully that works... Ill be using a torch tomorrow to attempt to loosen it up so it comes out fairly easy... Once those bolts are out, I can install the bracket to the block and then install the motor.... Tranny will either see the transmission shop tomorrow or monday depending on if i can get this motor in the truck. I snapped some pics today so hope you enjoy the progress:

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Let it alllll drain out....
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BYE BYE 3.SLOWWWWW
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Well i had the camera out so i thought i take a few pics of things that needed to be swapped out... Maybe this will help people in there search for parts for their swap....
5.0L Motor Mount(pass side)
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High Pressure Power Steering Hose(kinda hard to see, but in that manifold of 4 fittings, its the bottom right hand side in the pic)
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This is how she sits right now.. Its late and im tired. There is a whole new day tomorrow. Hopefully all goes well and the 5.0 will be in the truck :) Wish me luck
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yea but those headers WILL NOT fit in the ranger or explorer... There are only 3 types that will fit in our trucks...

Ford Racing(discontinued)
Torquemonster(expensive)
OEM(restrictive)
unless you have a custom tube frame hehe
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unless you have a custom tube frame hehe
haha I was just going to say that! I'm going to try and see what I can fit once I have a new steering setup and no IFS bull**** in the way. I really hate the fact of having to pay the $700 for the TM's. even though they are pretty badass. So I may end up tubing my front half we'll see.


nice progress on the truck!
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lookin good mang!
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Thanks guys, Im off to another loooooong work day!! Hopefully when i come back the motor will be in the engine bay :) Wish me luck
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I ordered the Patriot tri-Y headers and recived them last night and they look like they will fit real nice. I am using the the normal GT40 heads on my build so spark plug fitment is not a problem with mine. I will take some pics later when I can go out there and fit them in.
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dude cant wait.. my swap had to be put on hold (saving for a new place) but i cant wait ill know soo much before it will be a breaze lol looks good man
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With ALOT of hard work and headache, I finally have the motor in AND mounted. I ran into a few problems along the way.. I managed to FUBAR my fan and I couldnt remove the fan so i took the whole water pump off lol. Ill buy a new one tomorrow anyway, no big deal. THEN i was struggling with my motor mounts all day as well. I had 2 sheared bolts in my block. I managed to get one of them out but the other one didnt want anything to do with me so i busted out the welder and welded a stud to the stud that was sheared in the block, holds STRONG and that sucker aint goin anywhere :) The motor is a TIGHT squeeze, barely clears the steering shaft and I have to figure out what im going to do with my power steering cooler since the oil pan gets in the way now :( Any ideas? I connected the heater hoses to the truck, a couple vac lines, connected the fuel line, connected up the PCM and connected the BIG bulkhead connector. This motor seems like it was meant for this truck, very little modification is needed to get this motor in, its pretty amazing. I have a few things to connect up: Battery harness, I think 1 vac line and the big power steering hose to the pump. Then wait on my transmission and figure out what E FAN im gonna run... Im gonna need your help Andy, Ill shoot you a pm! Well here is where she sits tonight. Sorry its all dirty, Ill clean it up later lol!!! Enjoy:
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EDIT: Wow this bay needs a BIG bath. This thing will def get a cleaning once its all finished.

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lookin good man!!!
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Looks awesome man!
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kool man. glad its workin out pretty good for you.
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The motor is a TIGHT squeeze, barely clears the steering shaft and I have to figure out what im going to do with my power steering cooler since the oil pan gets in the way now :( Any ideas?
The cooler and its brackets are made of soft aluminum. You should be able to carefully tweak it down a little to get the clearance you need. That's what I did.
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The cooler and its brackets are made of soft aluminum. You should be able to carefully tweak it down a little to get the clearance you need. That's what I did.
yep same here, just bend them around the oil pan. Or in a place where you cant for some reason change the hardline to hose up to the cooler.
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Will you do mine next? haha... looks good!
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Well today im going to attempt to button this motor all up and get my tansmission preped for the shop to have the new output shaft and tail housing installed. Gonna take back some parts that i thought i would need for this motor but didnt and in exchange get a water pump with pulley i hope.. Anyway, Im off

PS: I get my Torque Monster headers tomorrrrow :)

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nice!, i cant wait to get mine...someday
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bad news... I have to wait for parts.. They probably wont be here till sometime next week so i wont see this truck running for another week and half probably :( oh well... Ill just detail the bay a little bit while im waiting and take care of the wiring!

Now since im on the topic of wiring, there is a sensor of some type in the oil pan on the pass side. What is that?? Also the explorer batt harness uses a different style plug than the one the ranger uses, should i just take my ranger harness and mesh it in with the explorer harness?? The only difference i see in that plug is 3 wires(all those wires go to that oil pan sensor connector).. Any idea's on what i should do at this point? Ill have pics of the connectors here in a few
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It sounds like its a low oil sensor. I'd just leave it unhooked if the Ranger doesn't have this feature anyways.
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thats exactly what i was thinking but i wasnt sure if it was important though!
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When in doubt throw it out!

P.S.- Great job on the swap so far!
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HA, im not gonna throw it out until i get a for sure answer on this sensor. Maybe Bob or Andy would know??? Thats the only thing wiring wise im confused about. Everything on this motor is Plug and Play with the exception of the battery wiring harness, you need a combination of both your ranger harness and explorer harness... The AC wiring(compressor), Alt wiring, and so far the ground wiring can be reused. You will need the poistive power wiring(both wires) to the starter from the Explorer harness. Thats pretty much about it.... I still need to dig into my gauge cluster and swap one wire out to make the tach work properly but that should be easy :)

But besides that, I managed to get the AC all hooked up, the criuse control and throttle cable hooked up and got the power steering cooler back on and mounted, had to bend the bracket a bit! I need to take my fan in to work so i can remove it from the water pump. Its stuck on there and i dont have the right tools. i need leverage and a vise. grrr Pretty much if i wasnt waiting on those parts this motor would be running this week. Hopefully the parts come here quick :)

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The sensor in the pan is for oil level and oil temperature for the Explorer Message Center/Trip Computer. You don't need to wire it.
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Cool Thanks Bob :)
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