It is official! - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


General Ford Ranger Discussion General discussion of the Ford Ranger that does not fit in any other sub-forum.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-18-2007
Needforspeed3685's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Lowell, AR
Posts: 1,836
It is official!

I'm so excited! The funds have been transferred...I'm picking up my Mountaineer tomorrow after 3pm. I tried to get it all taken care of before Friday, but it didn't work out that way.

My wife and I rigged the motor lift to support half of my bed. We then lifted and pulled the other half into position, and got it temporarily set in place on the frame.

This will allow me enough room to work on the Explorer, and have two motors and two transmissions in the same garage.

Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-18-2007
SteveOh's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Ft. Campbell Kentucky
Posts: 4,585
sweet man congrats
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-18-2007
Needforspeed3685's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Lowell, AR
Posts: 1,836
It's been hell trying to convince everyone this is what I really wanted to do. I had to put up with weeks of talking about gas mileage, future maintenance, and everything else. I'm glad I finally got the whole family cracked on my idea, and I'm anxious to show them what a Ranger is all about!!!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-18-2007
telemaster1952's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Dover, Deleware
Posts: 3,481
sweet!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-18-2007
l2en's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: The Keystone State
Posts: 4,521
Nice! Wish I had the determination/legal ability to do this. I can't wait to see some progress pics! Good luck man, it's gonna be hell on wheels when completed
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-18-2007
Needforspeed3685's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Lowell, AR
Posts: 1,836
I'm hoping to have the V8 pulled by tomorrow night, but it depends on how late I get it home. I'm excited and nervous at the same time.

I feel like I'm 4 years old on Christmas Eve again, waiting to hear Santa's raindeer's footsteps on the roof...only this time it's waiting to hear 8 ponys in the garage!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-18-2007
mx98ranger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: GA
Posts: 1,493
thats gona be awesome bro... post pics along the way!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-18-2007
SouthernMudSlinger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Demorest,Ga
Posts: 1,724
Awesome! If I could/had the money, time, I'd put a mustang 4.6 in mine (cause they sound bada$$)........But if I have my truck long enough to need a rebuilt engine, i'll probably just upgrade the pistons, cam, etc. to get more power out of the 4cyl so I can keep the reliability and gas mileage.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-18-2007
bwester04's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Round Rock, Tx
Posts: 2,641
Quote:
Originally Posted by SouthernMudSlinger
Awesome! If I could/had the money, time, I'd put a mustang 4.6 in mine (cause they sound bada$$)........But if I have my truck long enough to need a rebuilt engine, i'll probably just upgrade the pistons, cam, etc. to get more power out of the 4cyl so I can keep the reliability and gas mileage.
I'd swap in the 2.3L DOHC.. and turbo it like what the mazdaspeed 6 and others use That way.. you'd get to use your current tranny and just beef it up.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-19-2007
Needforspeed3685's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Lowell, AR
Posts: 1,836
Quote:
Originally Posted by bwester04
I'd swap in the 2.3L DOHC.. and turbo it like what the mazdaspeed 6 and others use That way.. you'd get to use your current tranny and just beef it up.

Why go to all that trouble and still only have 4 cylinders under the skirt? My beast is gonna finally have some *****!
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 03-19-2007
xp1ik99's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Lexington Park, MD
Posts: 3,230
Quote:
Originally Posted by SouthernMudSlinger
Awesome! If I could/had the money, time, I'd put a mustang 4.6 in mine (cause they sound bada$$)........But if I have my truck long enough to need a rebuilt engine, i'll probably just upgrade the pistons, cam, etc. to get more power out of the 4cyl so I can keep the reliability and gas mileage.
mustangs dont get horrible gas mileage, its just about how you drive it, i wouldnt waste money on a 4 cylinder....upgrade that jank


congrats on the v8
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 03-19-2007
RF Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: College Station, TX
Posts: 5,782
I'm really stoked to see this project man! Take lots of notes and pictures!

The Mustang 4.6L is a HUGE engine compared to the 302... it could be done, but would certainly not be the "ideal" candidate for a motor swap.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 03-19-2007
SouthernMudSlinger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Demorest,Ga
Posts: 1,724
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gearhead61
I'm really stoked to see this project man! Take lots of notes and pictures!

The Mustang 4.6L is a HUGE engine compared to the 302... it could be done, but would certainly not be the "ideal" candidate for a motor swap.
but could you imagine the sound of a kenne bell spooling up under the hood of a ranger. mmmmmm
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 03-19-2007
GregR's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Wanamingo, MN
Posts: 89
Quote:
Originally Posted by Needforspeed3685
I'm hoping to have the V8 pulled by tomorrow night, but it depends on how late I get it home. I'm excited and nervous at the same time.

I feel like I'm 4 years old on Christmas Eve again, waiting to hear Santa's raindeer's footsteps on the roof...only this time it's waiting to hear 8 ponys in the garage!
Before you go rippin'-n-tearin' take some good close-up pictures of everything. You'll be suprised how many times you wish you could see how things were when it was all still together.

Greg
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 03-19-2007
GregR's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Wanamingo, MN
Posts: 89
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gearhead61
I'm really stoked to see this project man! Take lots of notes and pictures!

The Mustang 4.6L is a HUGE engine compared to the 302... it could be done, but would certainly not be the "ideal" candidate for a motor swap.
Actually, in his '00 2wd Ranger, it's really not that bad.

Greg
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 03-19-2007
Needforspeed3685's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Lowell, AR
Posts: 1,836
Quote:
Originally Posted by GregR
Before you go rippin'-n-tearin' take some good close-up pictures of everything. You'll be suprised how many times you wish you could see how things were when it was all still together.

Greg
I am a photography addict! I will be certain to take hundreds (literally) of pictures of every step along the way.

Unfortunately due to bad weather today, I had to sit it out and wait until tomorrow to pick up the 'Ploder.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 03-19-2007
Trigger01's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 18,788
Cool. Glad you were ble to find one. I wanna 302 so bad!
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 03-19-2007
Needforspeed3685's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Lowell, AR
Posts: 1,836
Okay guys...I'm really excited now. When I made this thread, I was going off the idea of being able to contact my neighbor with a flatbed trailer in 10 hours. However, he didn't get off of work until 6pm today, and it was raining. That being said, I wasn't able to get the 'Ploder today.

Tomorrow we're meeting up at 3:30, which is after I get out of class and he gets off work. We're taking his flatbed and gigantic tow-straps he uses for this Camaro dragster out to pick it up!
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 03-20-2007
bwester04's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Round Rock, Tx
Posts: 2,641
Quote:
Originally Posted by Needforspeed3685
Why go to all that trouble and still only have 4 cylinders under the skirt? My beast is gonna finally have some *****!
For those worried about gas mileage mainly, plus it's different IMO- there is somebody on here with a turbo'd 2.3L lima.. Forced induction is just different than something N/A of the equivalent power, i like the pull and sound of my turbo but anyways, good luck with the swap!
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 03-20-2007
SouthernMudSlinger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Demorest,Ga
Posts: 1,724
Quote:
Originally Posted by bwester04
For those worried about gas mileage mainly, plus it's different IMO- there is somebody on here with a turbo'd 2.3L lima.. Forced induction is just different than something N/A of the equivalent power, i like the pull and sound of my turbo but anyways, good luck with the swap!
there is someone on RPS.com making a little over 300hp with their turbo'd 2.5l and still getting around 22mpg if I remember right.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Official **Official Georgia Meet head Count** !! BamaRanger09 Meets, Greets, & Events 21 02-17-2010 07:51 PM
The official make fun of my truck thread graniteguy General Ford Ranger Discussion 63 12-25-2005 12:39 AM
Its official - 100,000 miles PotterFX4 General Ford Ranger Discussion 16 10-17-2005 07:31 AM
The official 100,000 Maintenance PotterFX4 4.0L OHV & SOHC V6 Tech 16 09-21-2005 01:22 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:59 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.