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2wd tranny work on a 4wd truck?

Hi im new to the forum and iw as wondering i have a 1983 ford ranger 4x4 and i need a new tranny since my reverse went and i have a 2wd tranny from a 83 laying around and was wondering would that work on my truck adn wut kind of modification would i have to do to get it to work would appreciate the hlp thanks.
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welcome and if its the same transmission and from the same motor then it should. you will need to change the output shaft and tail housing
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^^Wut he said. I mean "what".


The following will need to happen to make that 2wd trans work in your 4x4........

Tail housing removed.
Shorter output shaft installed(which usually requires complete disassembly of the trans)
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different driveshaft?
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all in all...not to be a ***, but since u need to ask this question, the work involved to make it work is beyond your mechanical abilities, just find a trans from up to a 87, theres LOTS of them out there, and if ur automatic id HIGHLY suggest gettin all parts todo a 5spd swap, because u WILL kill another a4ld
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different driveshaft?
Don't think so.....converting a 2wd trans to a 4x4 trans for a 4x4 truck....i dont think he'll need shafts.
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From: http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...oTrans.htmlC-5 Automatic Transmission:

The C-5 replaced the C-4 and had a lock-up torque converter and was used in 1983 - 1984 Ford Rangers and other Fords from 1981 - 1986. In the Ranger they can be identified by transmission code 'W'. The C-5's can be identified by the hump in the oil pan.

C-5's from a 4WD Ranger are very desirable. The output shaft and tail housing can be swapped in to a C-4 for a V-8 conversion. This would same several hundred dollars buying conversion parts to install a V-8 and C-4 in a Ranger.

This transmission is almost identical to the C-4 except only for a few minor differences. The major difference between a C-4 & C-5 is in the hydraulic system. The valve body on the C-5 has several new valves and an added timing body where the filter would normally be found on the C-4. The converter relief valve has been moved from the pump to assembly reactor support to the timing valve body, thereby causing the oil pump assemblies not to be interchangeable. The 12-inch torque converter on the C-5 is a centrifugal controlled lock-up converter negating the use of electrical or hydraulic lock-up components. The lock-up mechanism is designed to engage at various predetermined speeds of the converter resulting in improved driveline efficiency and fuel economy. This type of converter is no longer available, the replacements are a called TT converters (non lock-up). The valve body from a C-4 can be directly bolted into a C-5 without modification. The torque converter from a C-4 will fit a C-5 so long as the spline count and shaft diameters are the same. C-5's can be built just as strong as their C-4 counterparts, because they both use the same internal parts (gear train, clutches, bands, servos, etc.).


Uhh, didn't Mark say this in a lot fewer words?
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he never mentioned at or mt.....
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My bad. (I just had a conversation with a guy about a leaking 2wd 92 automatic, so that was stuck in my feeble mind.)
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umm, if you dont care about 4wd working you can swap the 2wd transmission into the truck and use a 2wd rear driveshaft and it will get you moving, although you wont have 4wd.
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