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Old 10-04-2008
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hello all. have a question for everyone.... lets say i have a 2000 (or any 98+) 2WD non-edge ford ranger which we will call ranger A. i buy from my local salvage yard a 2000 (or any 98+) 2WD non-edge ranger bare frame which we will call ranger B. would it be possible to "box in" my frame on ranger B then install my motor/tranny (im thinking of going with a 4.6 s/c from a cobra OR a 5.4 s/c from a lightning) then move over my cab,bed, front clip and all my suspension and rear end from ranger A (basically build the truck around the motor/tranny)? Or would it be easier to just to box my frame on ranger A then install my motor/tranny? i am trying to do it the easiest way possible and the least amount of down time.....THANKS and i hope to hear something encouraging.....
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those engines are wider than 5.0s, but its been done in early model rangers and i'm sure with enough cutting and patience you can make it fit..

where is Vidor, TX?
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where is Vidor, TX?
VIDOR is on Interstate 10 between HOUSTON (roughly 80 miles from houston)and the LOUISANNA state line....

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What exactly are you boxing? The 98+ Ranger frames are already boxed at the front half.

As for your plan, not a good idea. You would likely get it all done, only to find the cab would not fit on around the engine. It is best to have the cab in place, and set the engine to the frame. If you were doing an Explore 302 swap, sure, but with a 4.6 or 5.4, not recommended for you plan.
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The coil spring front end seems to be much more desirable to have with custom motor applications.
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there's a build thread with a 6 Liter V8 Diesel going into a ranger.. so im pretty sure you can stuff a 4.6 or a 5.4 in there if you have the time, money and patience


a lightning power train in a Ranger.. Sick!
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a lightning power train in a Ranger.. Sick!
isnt that called the lightening bolt? or thunder bolt or something like that?
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no that was some roush thing. it didn't have nearly the power of a blown 5.4?

is the lightning a 5.4 or 4.6?
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Ford did build a show truck - Lightning Bolt Ranger

http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...ger/index.html

Seen it a few times in Dearborn. A nice truck for sure!
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oh, i thought it was something else.

my bad
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