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Is there a adapt plate for a 302 to a five speed from a 2.9L

I just bought this ranger and I cannot get the 2.9 running for ****,I have change every sense plugs wires cap rotor distributor ran compresion test which was good,so I said screw it and got the 302 idea,this truck is not really off road more show so I think the light duty trans will be fine if I can get a adapter to match them up.taking all suggestions for this project,never delt with ford before,but I'm quickly converting.thanks
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The problem might be that you could destroy that transmission real quick with the power of a 302, lol. If you're going to do the sway, you ought to go all the way I think.

I understand the need to just get it done though. If you do figure it out, just go easy on it.
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If your gonna street it with a V8 you will hammer on it and twist that tranny into a pretzel. Just go with a C-6 or C-5 whatever one is the manual. I keep getting confussed right now.
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Among Ford transmissions, the C5 and C6 are both automatics. The T5 is a manual.

I agree with the other posts - the manual transmission from the 2.9L will not live behind a 5.0L. It is not worth the effort to adapt it.
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what trans is behind the 2.9L ?
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Among Ford transmissions, the C5 and C6 are both automatics. The T5 is a manual.

I agree with the other posts - the manual transmission from the 2.9L will not live behind a 5.0L. It is not worth the effort to adapt it.
Thanks Bob! Transmissions are by no means my strong point. I just know that the power a 302 will put out will eat a stock ranger transmission alive as soon as you hammer on it.
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I would give that 2.9tranny about 2 or 3 good launches, and its case or mainshaft will give out ( more then likely the case ) .

If your gonnan use an auto, a C4 is cheap, common, and has a plethora of aftermarket parts. C6's are rare and do NOT have a removable bell housing. FInding a 6 bolt SBF C6 is VERY hard and VERY expensive as most were used in larger trucks and Broncos.

For a Manual, the old school T5 is VERY common, boneyards are full of them. The prefered Trannies in Mannuals would be a World Class T5 ( thats what I presently have ) , Tremmec 3550 or a Liberty 5 speed ( what I'm moving to this spring ) .

A 302's strong point.. short stroke and like its older brother the 289, it can tac-up REAL quick and get into a lot of torque really fast. The 80's 302's only had 225HP ( just 20 more then a 4.0 ranger engine ) but they had 300_lb/ft of torque to go with it.
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The 80's 302's only had 225HP ( just 20 more then a 4.0 ranger engine ) but they had 300_lb/ft of torque to go with it.
And that lovely V8 rumble that we'd all kill for!
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