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ok im going to ask all of yo u people to rack your brains and tell me this. my best friend had a 95 gt and his dad wrecked it. it is one of the last years with the 5.0 in it i was wondering if at all possilble can i put that in my ranger?????? thanks
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so its possible... that makes me very very very happy

im thinking a v 8 ranger will be here soon
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i wish i could find a nice 302 and swap it into my ranger
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so its possible... that makes me very very very happy

im thinking a v 8 ranger will be here soon
Sure its possible but it will cost you a couple of thousand in parts and labor even if you get the 5.0L and its computer for free. For one, you can't use your 5 speed OR the Mustang's 5 speed, you have to buy a tremec transmission with the shifter in a different location.
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With the motor he could do it for under $1000. If the motor has the C4 tranny or an AOD your are fine, if not it probley has a T5 which can be used. All you will need at that point is a new oil pan, radiotr, motor mounts, and headers. Check out www.jamesduff.com they have alot of stuff.
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If the motor has the C4 tranny or an AOD your are fine
except that his truck is a 5spd... so he'd have to do alot of work to convert the interior to an automatic.
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Not exactly. You don't have to do anything really. Rip out the old stick and put the auto trannies gear selector in the same place. You don't have to do anything with the clutch pedal, you can just leave it there. I had a friend with a manual '85 Ranger that was converted to solid axle and 5.0L power.
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Not exactly. You don't have to do anything really. Rip out the old stick and put the auto trannies gear selector in the same place. You don't have to do anything with the clutch pedal, you can just leave it there. I had a friend with a manual '85 Ranger that was converted to solid axle and 5.0L power.
Yeah, I was thinking that would work, but that just seems really half-assed to me.
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ok well maybe ill just sell the motor
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Not exactly. You don't have to do anything really. Rip out the old stick and put the auto trannies gear selector in the same place. You don't have to do anything with the clutch pedal, you can just leave it there. I had a friend with a manual '85 Ranger that was converted to solid axle and 5.0L power.
Yeah, I was thinking that would work, but that just seems really half-assed to me.
Agreed, but this was just a trail rig for the most part so it was fine. It had full width dana 44 and ford 9" axles with what probably equated to an 8 inch suspension lift and it had a body lift too. Only had 35"s on it and it was ugly as sin. Fun to drive though.
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With the motor he could do it for under $1000. If the motor has the C4 tranny or an AOD your are fine, if not it probley has a T5 which can be used. All you will need at that point is a new oil pan, radiotr, motor mounts, and headers. Check out www.jamesduff.com they have alot of stuff.
I had an 84 ranger I put a 289 in.

Some items forgotten :

Exhaust and emissions certifications, Relocating the oil filter, Electric fans, strengthening the rear axle and suspension to take the new torque levels, Front suspension needs to be adjusted to take the new weight ( This is what put me into my first auto accident ever in life ). Fab-ing or relocating the heater box/blower motor, steering knuckles to exhaust clearences on the drivers side..

Some misc items : Welding in the adapters for the motor mounts ( I dont trust a pair of 5/8ths bolts ), cutting and bending the seam on teh firewall so the bellhousing has room as well as the tranny dipstick, opening some ventelation to the engine compartment so the bloody thing doesn't constantly overheat! Wiring all your gauges in to match the new ecm ( ECC4 is good for this, its a happy medium ) .

Those are some of the reasons I'm not presently running a 347 and decided to just juice the SOHC I presently have. ( Tho.. this winter marks a change of attitude and the engine im going to build will be a v8 ).

The BEST way to do this swap is to find an Explorer that was rear-ended and take the whole engine compartment from it as well as the front suspension. Putting 500hp into our truck is VERY easy.. making it work and last/be balanced so the vehical is stable.. it takes a lot of time and effort.

"im thinking a v 8 ranger will be here soon"

I don't believe this is true. With the SOHC going into the mustang, the aftermarket operatunities and parts that will be able to convert to our platforms... the 'bang for the buck' will make a v8 conversion seem less glorified in cost as well as performance.

A lot of import drivers have the solution to ' theres no replacement for displacement'.. their moto is " technology is a replacement for displacement " and I kinda represent such myself.

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before you put the motor in the truck you should stroke it out to a 347
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A lot of import drivers have the solution to ' theres no replacement for displacement'.. their moto is " technology is a replacement for displacement " and I kinda represent such myself.
these people that are making real power also have to have their engines overhauled every few months because they can't take the power. larger displacement engines can.
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holly **** this thread digging BS has to stop.. i still want one but with the 4.0 and 410s i cant get any traction anyways....
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If you want to see what is involved with this swap in a 92 look at my car domain site. I have everything documented.


Most everything on the car will go right into the truck. Including the motor mounts. And with the Mustang mounts, there are Mustangs running around with 600hp or more using these same style mounts so there is no reason you can't do the same thing in a Ranger.

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the mustang trans will work fine, the shifter comes out the hole in the floor.. if it's 4x4 than the trans will need an adaptor... just dynoed a guy with a 408 in a 92' with a t-5 in it...made 500 hp with stock mounts, just fine...has clutch problems...lol
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I'm new here but I just gotta ask. How do you "thread dig" a board that has 18 posts to its name?

92...you asked a question about a V8 swap, got only one answer from someone who looks like he has experience with the topic, and then start flaming people for giving you solid answers.

Am I missing something?
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