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Starting with a 1985 ranger, picked it up for 1850. little to no rust, under side is immaculate, manual brakes and steering should help me out with engine clearance and headers.
My 94 ranger has more rust problems. The radius arms still have the original powder coat where as most other rangers have flaked off.

The motor going in is from my totaled t top mustang. Carbed 302 with mild cam, stock heads, tremec tko600 trans. Aluminum drive shaft from the mustang might bolt up if I set the engine back enough, it's only 4 inches shorter than the rangers. If not I'll have a custom one made if it can't be lengthened.
I'm waiting for an expo rear end to pop up on craigslist, only one has and it has a locker and it's been converted to a ranger set up, was hoping to leave it set up as an expo to attain some drop. Stock gears are in it 3.27s. I'll keep waiting for that 4.10 posi.
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In her new home. Cleaning the engine was a bitch, 8 cans of carb cleaner, half gallon of simple green later.





Installed the radiator, the picture above is the first way. I could not get the electric fan to fit so I cut out the center brace and mounted it between the grill and rad core support which gives me plenty of room for a fan.
Here's how it sits behind the grill.







Picked up my new driveshaft today, on the way back I got rear ended in my car, so now I'm down another car.
I also got the hydraulic clutch setup working.
I order some tri-y headers.
Started the exhaust work today. Cut up the x pipe from the mustang and built a custom h pipe out of it. Really wanted a x pipe set up, but would have to have it custom built and were talking money I don't have. I'm extremely happy with how it's fitting so far. Going to dump the exhaust before the axle.
I only have one last thing before I can test drive it. The alternator is the original 1g, i tried making it work, but won't do anything. I was thinking of hitting a junkyard for a 3g, but prefer the simplicity of a one wire. Ive heard bad things about one wires. Anyone know?

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