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1999 Ranger 4.0l OHV supercab project

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1999 Ranger 4.0l OHV supercab project

Okay guys, as the title says I'm working on a 1999 2wd 4.0l ohv Ranger (W/Bad 5r55e Transmission, who would have guessed that'd be the case) I stole the Truck at $300. I originally got it for the clean 4.0l ohv engine that had low miles on it to swap into my 1996 Explorer xlt 4x4 when my serpentine belt broke and overheated my exploders 4.0l OHV engine that had 240,000 miles on it, it already blew a head gasket before and had pretty bad pitting in the lower intake. I don't have any clue about how much damage was done when it got hot but I feel the engine has run it's race and I will be scrapping it after it's stripped of accessories and sensors.
I have searched all around for info on what all I could swap (Transmission, transfer case, front suspension all 4x4 stuff basically) from my Explorer to the Ranger(Basically trying to make the Ranger 4x4 or atleast salvage whatever 4x4 elements that are swappable). I really loved my Explorer and want it to live on in my FrankenRanger. I was looking at the front end and suspension and they look like they are the same dimensions and everything except the Explorer's upper control arm is bulkier and looks alot stronger, the hub looks the same. The 2wd Ranger's ball joints and bushings etc. look way more rough and worn than my 4x4 Explorer's do? I have already made the decision to swap the better, (I may be off on the spline count) 31 spline? Explorer 8.8 rear end regardless of the 4x4 interchangeability. (I'd do it anyways just to get rid of the Ford drum brakes on the Ranger) I pretty much believe I can handle moving the shock mount on it to make it work. I have looked all over the internet to see if my recently rebuilt 4r55e 4-speed auto transmission & transfer case would work if I swapped the ECU, GEM, harness/es, or whatever else would be required. I have seen so many different answers and smart *** comments (like why would you want to have obd1 when you have obd2?) Uh, ler me see... so I have a working transmission!? I've pretty much abandoned hope on finding the real answer to that question. I want either my 4-speed auto, (which I prefer simply because I know it's a reliable, strong transmission that was recently rebuilt, I know it's abilities pretty well and I don't have to aquire $1,000 worth of transmission and the other required elements for a manual swap) or a 5-speed manual M5OD-R1? I figure if the 4r55e is absolutely in no way capable of working I could sell it to buy a manual. The 5-speed 5r55e transmission is absolutely trash in my opinion and I can't wait to shred it. I'd scrap both vehicles and ride a bicycle before I'd consider wasting my time and money on the purchase and installation of a transmission that can't pull it's own weight over an anthill. I'm considering swapping the captain bucket seats. I was curious about if the cruise control might be compatable. (Jesus knows I loves me some cruise control) the dash bezel because of the 4x4 switch, the panel below the steering wheel, all the sensors, (called autozone and cross referenced part numbers to verify they are the same ✔ g2g) the rear bumper, Idk if the side mirrors (mirror only) can be removed and swapped but my mirrors are broken. If anyone has any valuable information on how to make the 4-speed transmission swap happen or required modifications to swap the front end out I'd really appreciate it. Any advice on easier ways to do this is helpful. This is my first project of this magnitude and I am really hoping it goes well I would like to see it through to completion and I feel like if my transmission can't be repurposed it's gonna take the wind out of my sails. Thanks in advance for any advice or assistance.

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Even with all the parts you have, it's going to take a lot of money, welding, money, fabrication, money, parts and money to convert a 2 wheel drive Ranger to 4x4, It's not going to be bolt in, especially trying to do it with Explorer parts the frames are different, Did I mention ? It's going to cost a lot of money.

I really think you would be much better off going with your original plan of putting the Ranger motor into the Explorer.

That leaves you a 99 Ranger with no motor or trans, the perfect candidate for dropping in a 5.0 V8, or selling it for what you paid for it.

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