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Finally I'm doing it!!! My 2000 Ford Ranger explorer 5.0 V-8 build thread with pics!

Well guys after all the research I have done over the last few years and then reading so much that I got overwhelmed and just gave up, and also getting out of the lowered Ranger scene and selling my original 2000 back to my dad, I have picked up another 2000 Ranger supercab. This one is a flareside but is the same deep wedgewood blue as my last one so I can just slap my cowl hood on it. I also kept my crystal clear headlights and corners and DJM drop so I am mostly already there with this truck. Just gotta get the motor and trans. Good thing about this truck is it is a 3.0 automatic so it will be much easier to swap in the 4R70W into it and just running the explorer stuff instead of messing with finding a manual transmission and making that work. It also has 4 doors unlike my last 2000, has dark charcoal gray interior which I like much more than the tan that I had. It also has all power options with keyless entry, tilt, cruise, all the options my other 2000 didn't lol. Picked it up for $2,800. Already had to clean the ISH out of it because the people that had it lived down a dirt road and it was a MESS!!! Took an entire day to clean the interior. Well onto the pics!


When I first got it home:

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Interior cleaned up. Took forever!:

Took off the door panels, took out the seats, hosed everything down and put my Ford Racing floormats in.

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turned out real nice
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Axle:

Well with the 5.0 the stock 7.5 open just isn't going to work for me so today ex90ranger and I went to the local U pick it and I snatched up a steal!! This came out of a 2000 I believe explorer 5.0. It is an 8:8 rear end 3:73 L/S and 31 spline axle shafts disc brakes and sway bar. This is a somewhat rare axle though as it not only has the normal things that us ranger guys want so badly but it also has the factory traction bars! And I stole this thing for a whopping $100!!!


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Sweet..Nice job on the clean up! That ranger is going to be great. Keep the pictures up..
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I'm looking forward to seeing this put together! Great deal on the axle!
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Powerstop explorer rear D/S rotors and ceramic pads ordered 3-25-11:


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Awesome job with the cleanup!!! Good luck with the swap!
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Sweeet ride. Keep us posted on the motor swap.
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Still waiting on the rotors and pads. Also working on finding a motor without having to pay out the azz for it. Bout to tear down the axle and clean it up soon!
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i'll have my eye on this build
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i'm def jealous of the options of that truck, mines has like nothing. ha looking forward to the build.
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Keep us posted, cleaned up nice
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Thanks guys! Will be updating as soon as I get some more pics uploaded. Have done a couple things in the mean time while hunting down an engine.

Andrew, I got pretty lucky on this to find all the options I wanted! Hard to come by. Also your 99 looks like my 99 with the clear corners and the EDGE bumper and valance. Looks good sir! :)
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New rotors and pads:

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Wiper arms repainted gloss black:

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Cleaned up, and painted calipers

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Shortened the antenna and painted black:

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More to come!
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She's gonna be a beaut!
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Favorited/ Subbd ! thanks for taking the time to document man :)
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Thanks guys! I'm just tryin to do what I can till I find the right motor! It's killin me I wanna get this swap done now lol
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yea ive been thinking of a swap for a while now but the motor is first for me. idk i might wait a year or so and try to find a 3.5 ecoboost out of a totaled f150 to shoehorn in my ranger... lol wishful thinking, by then they'l probably have an ecoboosted ranger. plus nothing sounds better than a v8 ranger! good luck Jwad00
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Explorer rear end 85% complete!:

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Im likin it. Good work so far!
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