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Bigandrw's 86 SAS/ Cobra Build

Well I knew i would last very long with out another ranger, so i decided to go on a scavenger hunt.

Long story short: I was browsing on craigslist a few weeks back, and saw a guy in the north dallas area was selling an 86 extended cab 4x4 for 300 bucks. As interesting as it sounded I decided to read on. i start talking to this guy, and he says that the motor and transmission have been pulled for a project, but cant keep the project going. he asked what i was going to do with the truck, and i told him it was going to get a 351. well it just so happend that he had a fully rebuilt and dynod 351m that he was planning on throwing in it, and hed include it with the truck for another 250 bucks.

Hes already started the swap, and got the motor mounts on,and fire wall modified, got a set of black jack long tube headers modified to go on the outside of the frame rails and a bunch of other stuff i cant remember right now.

and as of today he has informed me that he has a guy localy that is selling a c6 transmission, with an np208 tcase, and a bronco 9" for 350. he said hed be more than happy to pick it all up for me if i paid him when i come to pick the truck up.

The motor does need a little cleaning, and a fresh coat of paint, but it is in great shape.

he has dyno sheets that have the motor dynod at ~520 bhp, and ~600 ftlb of tq

anyways i do have a couple pics for you guys if your interested.

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wow that body looks clean, sounds like an awesome project and deal!
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your going to need to reinforce that frame or the truck will twist itself apart
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Nice! Why can't I find deals like that around here? I've been looking for another Ranger since I sold my other one.
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thats awesome. but what will it take to even keep that truck together with that combo?
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he has dyno sheets that have the motor dynod at ~520 bhp, and ~600 ftlb of tq
that thing is gonna pull some stumps.

go big or go home eh?
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your going to need to reinforce that frame or the truck will twist itself apart
Already taken care of lol.

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Nice! Why can't I find deals like that around here? I've been looking for another Ranger since I sold my other one.
Thanks Kris, yea I kind of jumped the gun on it, but im glad I did.

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that thing is gonna pull some stumps.

go big or go home eh?
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thats awesome. but what will it take to even keep that truck together with that combo?
Lol a nice reinforced frame, and two solid axles lol
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Nice deal, good luck with getting that thing together.
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Nice deal, good luck with getting that thing together.
Thanks bub
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I'm confused, I can't see a 351M getting anywhere near those numbers even on an engine dyno. He said it was rebuilt, must have a lot more done for those numbers.

A rebuilt 460 can put down close to 500, never heard of a 351M doing that. Unless he's lying and it's actually a 351c. The M's were never known for power.

Great find though
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Do you actually own it yet?
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I'm confused, I can't see a 351M getting anywhere near those numbers even on an engine dyno. He said it was rebuilt, must have a lot more done for those numbers.

A rebuilt 460 can put down close to 500, never heard of a 351M doing that. Unless he's lying and it's actually a 351c. The M's were never known for power.

Great find though
Its bored 60 over, larger cam, lifters etc. I don't know everything that was done to it.

But needless to say, it will be going in this truck and I will have a hell of a time with it.

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Do you actually own it yet?
Technically yes, I have already paid him for everything, I just have to drive up to pick it up in two weeks.
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Looks awesome dude!! Great project. You get my PM?
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Looks awesome dude!! Great project. You get my PM?
Thanks man. yes i got your PM. i was planning on shipping them last weekend, but never heard back from you, so theyre still sitting in the garage. if i can manage this weekend off im sending them your way man. your still wanting the 8.8 disc swap stuff as well right?
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yeah sorry I wasn't even in the US last weekend. when i got home and saw your message I was like "NOOOO". yeah I want the shafts and the disc brake parts.

work finally slowing down?
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i got home and saw your message I was like "NOOOO".

work finally slowing down?
Lmao. I picture you clawing your eyes out cause of the anxiety lol

not really, well sorta, well hell i really dont know. its constatnly changing so i can never really tell when ill have a weekend off
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Damn that truck is in great shape. It's going to be pretty sweet if it all works out as planned!
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Thanks Adam. Yeah if everything goes according to plan, which it always seems to veer off course, it will work out. it is deffinately getting a body lift and the engine swap. and then down the road/ whenever i tear the axles in half, ill sas it
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You got a great deal. That is a great bodystyle. I had a 86 Bronco II...miss that old bucket.
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Thanks bud. Im so excited, im loosing sleep. I dont think this is healthy haha
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Yeah the Dana 28 in the front will fall apart from the 351. Well actually so will the 7.5 inch haha.
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With that engine bored 60 over it's going to run hot. Not to mentioned it's weaker because it was bored so much. Most people never bore more than 50 on the M blocks
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With that engine bored 60 over it's going to run hot. Not to mentioned it's weaker because it was bored so much. Most people never bore more than 50 on the M blocks
Man I honestly couldnt tell you untill i can get the motor in the garage and taken apart. i just txted him, and he said that he was guessing, because its out of his best friends 78 f150, im having him txt his buddy to find out exactly wtf has really been done to it. ill let you know exactly what he says here in a minute
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I am going to say something here and I am not trying to be a jerk but, I would question that dyno sheet as there is no way that 351m made even close to that HP/TQ numbers, maybe even not half of them numbers with that asthmatic intake on it. That intake was made to make off idle torque for trucks and not for making horsepower. To make that kind of power requires hiflowing carb, intake, heads, exhaust, and a big cam with a lot of money invested. With that being said dont you think that $250 is very cheap for that kind of engine that makes that kind of hp & tq? Like I said I am not trying to be a jerk here just telling it like I see it. I think that you found a great deal and I would be all over it to if I found it to.
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I am going to say something here and I am not trying to be a jerk but, I would question that dyno sheet as there is no way that 351m made even close to that HP/TQ numbers, maybe even not half of them numbers with that asthmatic intake on it. That intake was made to make off idle torque for trucks and not for making horsepower. To make that kind of power requires hiflowing carb, intake, heads, exhaust, and a big cam with a lot of money invested. With that being said dont you think that $250 is very cheap for that kind of engine that makes that kind of hp & tq? Like I said I am not trying to be a jerk here just telling it like I see it. I think that you found a great deal and I would be all over it to if I found it to.
None taken man. You can doubt it, its cool. it is a built 351m. needless to say this mother ****er is gonna rip. so idk too each his own i guess
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