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Hello , while I don't have a ranger just yet I'm in the market for one. That being said , I have LOADS of questions... I'm looking at more or less building a 302 powered pre runner. Looking for any tips /tricks any one may have to offer. Are there any kits I should stay away from? Any worth knowing about? While this isn't going to be a race truck I do take full advantage of my cars/trucks when I can so i don't want to cut any corners or skimp out on any thing.

I came really close to buying a ranger spash , last second I turned it down bc I had heard there not a good one for this type of build. Anyone know why that is and for that matter witch years/trucks to look for? My only thing is it has to be 95 or older. Don't have exact specs set out yet but I do know I'm going to use the motor and rear end from my mustang as I'm building new ones for it.

I know this is over kill but as they say , there's no kill like over kill lol.
I've got a nice 306 with eledelbrock heads , f cam , ported tubular gt40 intake , 70mm throttle body , 76mm mas air , 24lbs injectors and a tuned chip for the set up I'll be droping in. Rear end is a 8.8 with 3:73 gears. I'd like to run a built aode in it but most I see have a aod. Why is that? I realise I'll have to get alittle fancy with the gauges , that's fine. Anything I should expect or avoid here?

Any ideals and input would be awsome. I've always wanted to do a build like this , more or less just looking for the truck and alittle bit of tips at this point. Eventually I'll be needing some fiberglass body panels but I want to start with the motor then love travel kit first. Thanks in advance.
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I'm honestly surprised that this thread hasn't blown up with everyone on here drooling and spewing knowledge at you. Question, though, why is your target ranger a 95 and older? Just like that body style?
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I'm limited by by year bc of emissions. In Missouri 95 and old only requires a safety inspection. If I were to put a 302 in a newer body style when I went to get emissions testing they would fail me automatically bc that motor wasnt offered from the factory in a ranger. Sucks , but it's how it is.
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Dude if you go through with this it will be a sick truck!! There are multiple threads with loads if info on all the topics of a V8 swap in rangers. The ranger station also has a fantastic wright up on a V8 swap with the best engines for different year rangers.
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Not a if , it's when. I've allready got a 306 being built for a supercharger. It will be right at 500hp , I'm swapping to a built 5 lug 8.8 rear end and going to a 6spd tranny in my mustang so ill have thos tuff sitting around. I don't want to run the old 5spd in the ranger tho. My current set up is right around 350hp. Should scream in a ranger. I'm also on ranger station , I've used them for alot of info allready. Looking for info on wich trucks are better mainly.
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Oh. CT did away with inspection a long time ago. If it were still around, half the trucks I've owned in my lifetime would have been scrap, rather than DD's!
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