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Easiest Motor/Tranny Swap

I have a 86 bronco II, with a "2.9 and auto tranny".

I say that because there isnt enough there to make it worth my while. It would need to be rebuilt, and purchase EVERY motor accessory. And the tranny is stilling in the back of the truck, no telling if its "Good" or not.


So, whats my options? I want to stick to an auto, but for the right price i can do a manual...


Id be happy with a old lima 2.3, its just im looking for Easy install and wiring...


And if i get a good deal on a 2wd setup, how easy is it to make it work with a 4x4? Or how easy is it to find a tranny to match up? Ive got 2 guys trying to throw their 3.0s at me, but they are both 2wd trannys


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Oh, and id do another 2.9, but being as they are harder to find parts for, id rather swap to something more common
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you have seen my swap, with a little work a 3.0 would work great, and trans, well i can help you there.
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you have seen my swap, with a little work a 3.0 would work great, and trans, well i can help you there.

yeah, i remember your tranny work, How much would all of that run? I know you got the hookup on your parts and did the work yourself, but how much does all the parts run normally? Without really knowing transmittions, id rather just get a 4x4 tranny, specially cause I'm moving to Maine, and it will just be me and my dad doing the work
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Well if your thinking 2.3 maybe a turbo swap from a tbird turbo coupe. Or maybe a 302, I've never done either but I figured I'd throw it out there for you. Just to give you a few more options. Sorry I can't be more helpful.
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is the trans already 4x4?
does the motor run?

i have a areostar with a great 3.0 that would make a good doner, the trans works, and could be swaped to 4x4.
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i would swap a ohv 4.0 in there... they are everywhere and cheap too
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Well if your thinking 2.3 maybe a turbo swap from a tbird turbo coupe. Or maybe a 302, I've never done either but I figured I'd throw it out there for you. Just to give you a few more options. Sorry I can't be more helpful.

ive thought about a turbo swap, but thats one extra setup i dont need to worry about

and a 5.0 swap? Id like to pick something stock for a ranger, makes them Easiest to come acrossed


this is a offroad toy, not a street queen, i need something easy to work with and CHEAP
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is the trans already 4x4?
does the motor run?

i have a areostar with a great 3.0 that would make a good doner, the trans works, and could be swaped to 4x4.

on which truck? the b2 has a 4x4 tranny, and the 2 3.0s ive looked at are 2wd trannys

ones a 92, others a 99
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you could make the fuel injected 3.0 run in the older broncoII, it will take some work.

the trans, i got you back there bro.

you live in ohio right?
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you could make the fuel injected 3.0 run in the older broncoII, it will take some work.

the trans, i got you back there bro.

you live in ohio right?

yeah, im in columbus, ohio


im looking to see if i can pickup an entire engine harness and computer

i dont wanna really mess with the 99 cause it has PATS
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i have an entire engine/trans/harness/computer out of a aerostar. it could be had cheap!

the trans will be a breeze. i got that down! lol
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i have an entire engine/trans/harness/computer out of a aerostar. it could be had cheap!

the trans will be a breeze. i got that down! lol

pm me with what your asking for it all
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i'll talk to my boss tomorrow, i'm sure he wants to see the van go buy buy lol
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carburated 5.0?
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5.0's are to heavy for the small power increase you will see. plus you will spend thousands making it work right.
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just a thought
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If it were mine.. No questions about it, OHV 4.0 . They replaced the 2.9 and will bolt right in. Parts for them are CHEAP and they make enough torque to have that thing go offroading very nicely. Easy motor to work on AND : I bnelieve the internal/cabin wire harness should bolt right into an OHV's. I know both motors are of Ecc4 type. Should be an easy bolt in.

The ONLY area you might have problems with.. Tranny. You said its laying in the back of the truck.. The bellhousing ( if it were on a 2.9 before ) should bolt right up. You COULD have that tranny rebuilt and just use it ( saves time, less hunting ).

Check on RPS for a OHV, someone has to be selling one.
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I thought you said you were putting in a 5.4 lightning engine in it with the supercharger
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yes the OHV 4.0L from a 94 and older truck or explorer would be the easiest swap possible into something that was originally a 2.9L. They have the same bellhousing pattern, same engine mounting points, and the wireing is virtually a plug and play if you have the engine harness and the ECU. If you can find an entire front clip from a 4.0L truck or explorer and place it next to your B2 then its real easy to grab the parts you need and swap em over right there.
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I would just swap in another 2.9 Get a doubler and call it a day.
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I would just swap in another 2.9 Get a doubler and call it a day.

i found another 2.9 for 80 bucks. Going to try that first


and i already have a doubler
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i found another 2.9 for 80 bucks. Going to try that first


and i already have a doubler
well then it looks like your set
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