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We bought them new a while back on eBay for the first 5.0L conversion and fabricated a mounting plate to mount them to the front. In the first conversion, there wasn't enough room between the original fan and the radiator. We could have kept the original fan on this conversion, if we wanted to. There is plenty on room available.
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YOU HAPPEN TO REMEMBER WHAT SIZE FANS? I THINK THOSE WOULD WORK PERFECT FOR MINE, ESPECIALLY WHEN I DO THE 6HO CONVERSION

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They are 10" fans similar to this on eBay. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/10-In...item27b86a7cd3 Don't forget, you need a relay and a thermostatic control to turn them on and off.

I understand that you can also use fans from a Ford Taurus. You can probably find something about that on this forum board.

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yea i have read a little bit about it. Thanks again Ron
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Most people use the Taurus 2 speed fans, there is a writeup in the how to section
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Most people use the Taurus 2 speed fans, there is a writeup in the how to section
Where the hell is the "How To" section?? haha. I am still pretty new to this site. I even did a search for it

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Whoops.... I'm blind. Its on the front page.... Sorry for clogging up your all's thread with dumb questions

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Mock up pictures

Here are the latest pictures. We put the body parts on just to see if everything fit. Nothing is really lined up yet. There is a bunch of body work to do to get it ready for paint. Andrew decided to modify the original driver's door last year by sideswiping a tree on our property late one night. It REALLY gets dark out here at night and we literally have thousands of trees. Fortunately, someone was parting out a Ranger locally and had the doors left. We got it for $25. Much better than trying to pull out a caved-in door.





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man this thing is awesome, can't wait to see her done!!
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put a bodylift on it as you do this and get a sport trac bed lol dude itll look sick!
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No body lift here. He wants to keep it as close to original height as possible. I hadn't thought about the Sport Trac bed. Interesting. Just as a guess, I think it would probably be wider (and shorter) than the Ranger and the body lines from the cab to the bed might not work, and then there's the cost, but thanks for the suggestion. We'll consider it and check it out for feasibility. We were thinking of the Explorer front bumper instead of the Ranger's, but we haven't tried it yet. I have a feeling the Explorer bumper will be too wide. At least the brackets will line up, that's where it was originally. We may need to do some fabrication to make the Ranger bumper fit. I'll let you know (with pictures as well).

Oh yeah, even though we have the Ranger wheels on this Explorer chassis, they don't fit. They are on there just for mock up purposes. The hole in the center of the wheel is not big enough to clear the center hubs so, the wheels will not go all the way back against the rotors. I like the Explorer wheels better anyway..
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When we finish this project, I think I will put together a thread that will show the entire process from A to Z with more explanation and detailed photos. What do you guys think? Any interest out there?
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yes! lots of interest!
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Sure is. I was hesitant about clicking on the thread due to the title. Even the first couple posts were wtf?!
Good job you two.
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Thanks,what section would a thread consisting of everything to engine work to body work in?
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Any as for a sport trac bed,that is actually a composite material ;the material is basically a plastic and it was introduced in 2002. In 2002-2004 the width of the Explorer sport trac is roughly 6 inches wider then the 1995 Ranger body so it won't work.
We got the engine running and it sounds healthy,now we need to get the brakes bled to take it to see how the road manners are.
Thanks for all the interest.
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make a project thread in the project section.
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You could have just swapped the engine, transmission, dashboard/electronics and axle into the ranger for alot less effort and money. But A for effort
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Not really. The effort that you would spend either searching for a fx4 8.8 or getting an explorer axle and moving mounts to make it work. And then swapping the engine and transmission wouldn't bolt right up to original ranger chassis due to the ttb front suspension. And yes, if we would have had a 98+ truck this whole swap would be insanely easy. Everyone that has a 98+ ranger do this swap.
But this swap is a great learning experience. And it's fun "run what you brung." And just change here and change there until you have all what want.
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Not really. The effort that you would spend either searching for a fx4 8.8 or getting an explorer axle and moving mounts to make it work. And then swapping the engine and transmission wouldn't bolt right up to original ranger chassis due to the ttb front suspension. And yes, if we would have had a 98+ truck this whole swap would be insanely easy. Everyone that has a 98+ ranger do this swap.
But this swap is a great learning experience. And it's fun "run what you brung." And just change here and change there until you have all what want.
Oh, my bad. I didn't know it was a pre98 ranger. Good job then!
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Bed Update

For the last couple of weeks or so, all the kids had the chicken pox and then it rained almost every day, so we are a little behind on our project. We got quite a bit done today on the biggest body mod we will have to do - the bed.

First of all, in case anyone was wondering how a grandfather and a 19 year old lifted a body on and off a Ranger without a lift, here it is:



A couple of nylon tie-down straps and a come-along and it was a piece of cake.

So, now the bed is a wee bit long for the Explorer chassis:




So, we needed to cut out about 8" to start. Here it is marked for cutting. There were a couple of problems. The gas door needed to be moved, we wanted the floor of the bed to match up with all the channels so it looked factory and we wanted to keep the stake holes in the top of the bed. This lead to a jigsaw puzzle cut.

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Now the bed is cut in half and the back half is mocked up on the chassis. It's just sitting on there to give us an idea how much more we have to trim off and massage.





Next is cutting the front portion of the bed to match up with the rear, weld the two pieces back together and to build a structure under the bed to mount it to the chassis, because NOTHING lines up. Tomorrow, we'll hit the scrap yard for some channel steel to mount to the chassis for the bed mounts.

I'm not sure if we are going to leave the gas filler door in front of the wheel well. The filler hose will have to snake around under the bed, since the Explorer gas tank fill from the back. We will probably put it in the rear quarter panel behind the wheel well. One other prblem was the actual fuel filler. The Ranger (top) has two tubes inside one another (fuel and breather) and one large opening in the gas tank.. The Explorer (bottom) has two separate tubes next to one another and two holes in the gas tank.



If we put the Explorer filler in the rear quarter panel behind the wheel well, we should have a fairly straight shot to the gas tank. The filler neck collar on the Explorer filler is a little smaller and the screw holes don't line up, so we'll have to fabricate a new collar for that as well.

Stay tuned. The next few days should be interesting. Andrew has to go back to school in Texas and we need to get this done and shake out all the bugs in about two weeks.

Oh, yeah, we started it up and it runs like a champ.

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Looks great Ron. As far as moving the fuel door, just go on and do it. A friend of mine on another forum did it when he installed the Bronco 2 gas tank in his Ranger, and it looks great. Here is a picture to give you an idea

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Thanks for the picture. I think it looks prretty good there and it will make life easier. Inside the bed there is the same bump out where the gas filler hose would go. Maybe there were two places they put it or a filler for two tanks, like my F-150?
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How hard would it have been to cut the frame and stretch it 8 inches? Wouldnt it be cut the frame, weld in square tubing, and get someone to fab a custom driveshaft? Im prolly wrong though.
If I had a choice, I woulda tired to have the longer Ranger bed instead of a shorter Sport Trac bed. Woulda been more effort but you could haul more if needed.
And also, great work guys! Youve come a long way
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We originally thought of stretching the chassis, but didn't want to take the chance of ruining the structural integrity of the stock frame. Modifying the body does not involve any major structural changes. Insted of a 6' bed, the bed will be 5' 4". Besides, the chassis flares out in the area that would have to be stretched and does not make for an easy job. In addition to the custom drive shaft that would cost several hundred dollars, the fuel lines, brake lines, ebrake cable, electrical wiring, changing the mounting points of the fuel tank, lengthening the exhaust system, along with some other minor things would have to be done. Besides, there is not going to be any major hauling going on here except hauling butt.
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Modifying the bed

So, now we are doing more cutting and tweaking on the bed to shrink it down.



Like I said earlier, nothing lines up, so we had to fabricate our own mounts. We started with the front, since the rear mounts would be much easier once the front was located. Here is where the original mounts were located.




After a lot of measuring and fitting, here are the fabricated front mounts.




Now that the front mounts are in, it's time to start fitting the two halves back together.



We couldn't have gotten this far without the help of Harley, The Wonder Dog. She chases any stray pit bulls that happen to wander onto our property.



Tomorrow, we're going to finish welding the bed together and smoothing out the welds. More pictures to come.
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