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5 speed to automatic swap?

I have a 93 ranger with a 5 speed. I'm really not aprtial to stick shift and need an automatic for California traffic. Has anyone done this? Can you tell me what I need besides the tranny?

I have a 93 4x4 with a 4.0.

Can i still use the T-case from the 5 speed?
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you need to talk to lifter97ranger he just converted his to manual not to long before he sold it so he could help you out alot
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A truck that old, you would be better off selling it or buying something else that is an automatic...

you will need the following parts:

- transmission for a 4wd 4.0
- PCM out of the same year, same engine, w/ auto trans
- engine wiring harness
- transmission wiring harness
- flywheel
- flywheel spacer
- torque converter
- steering column for an auto transmission truck
- gauge cluster insert
- starter
- radiator for an auto transmission truck
- cooling lines


the transfer case will work and so will both driveshafts.....the transmission crossmember is in the same spot....

look to spend about $1500-$2000 on the swap.
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Wow ...looks like I'll be rebuilding the stock 5 speed trany...... Thanks alot guys for the good info.

They want about $500 for the new clutch installed.

How easy is it to take out and replace the clutch on this truck?

I have done several older mustangs and am a avid shade tree mechanic. I just built a old chevelle from ground up to give you some idea of my knowledge.

The guy at the shop said it was like 8 hours in the book on this job. I figured it would at least take me a day to do. What do you guys think?
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if you can do clutch in a Mustang, you can do it in a Ranger......replacing the clutch should take you about 3-5 hours and about $250 total for a stock clutch and slave cylinder.......

i did my complete automatic to manual transmission swap in about 8 hours....
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holy crap thats cheap only 500? when i went to get mine done it was 800
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When I say older mustangs I mean 60's . I also did a 2 wheel drive in my 99 chevy fullsize. Is it sorta the same process?

What scale of diffaculty is it?

I'm asuming its the tranny, because I can hear the bearing spinning on the shaft/plate when its in gear. otherwise it engages fine. I also have to replace 4th gear internal fork. It pops out on me when driving.

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on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the hardest, it is probably a 3 or 4.....it is just time consuming getting the transmission out and back in.......the transmission itself doesn't weight all that much, maybe 75 pounds...
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taking the trans out on these trucks are fairly easy. i know on my old 96 the only hard part was getting the two bolts on top of the trans and by jacking the front of the engine up carefully it makes it easier.
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the top 2 bolts are easy to get to from the top.....

hardest part about getting the transmission out of a 4.0 is having to remove the Y-pipe....unless you have a body lift, you WILL have to remove it...
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Hey thanks for the heads up on the tranny. Do I have to buy a new slave for it? Is it recomended? I will defenately do this myself then. So the Y pipe is in the way? I may have to pull it and put some new exhaust on then. Thanks guys
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