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Old 12-25-2009
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swicks motor swap

old motor was giving me lots of problems like multiple miss fire cods every two weeks, candy smelling exhaust, and it had hydro carbon in the anti-freeze plus it had over 200,000 miles on it. i picked up a new to me motor with 115,000 miles on it for 200 bucks. it was in an accident head on with a tree.

pulling the new motor out of its old home. damaged items on it were fan, fan clutch, and alternator.
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braking down the new motor to check the condition of every thing.
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pulling the bad motor out
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new motor being prepped to be placed in the truck
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the finished product
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the new motor runs and drives really good and sounds amazing.

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nice swap, looks like it went great
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how you liking the front end?

if you have not done it yet, gusset the upper control arms and put some weld washers around the lower mounting points. and i would build a brace to connect the drivers side to the passenger side to prevent the lower arm pockets from bending in or back.
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Looks like a good job. Guess time will tell...
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Looking good
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how you liking the front end?

if you have not done it yet, gusset the upper control arms and put some weld washers around the lower mounting points. and i would build a brace to connect the drivers side to the passenger side to prevent the lower arm pockets from bending in or back.
the front end works and performs like a charm. thank you for selling it to me. im also sad that with me buying it from you, you had nowhere to go with your project but forward. sad to see that you sold your ranger but it is better to be out of debt then in it.

there are plans to gusset the uppers and lowers and install my new 2.0x8" shocks to replace the ones that are on the truck. but at this point every thing is on hold because of this motor.

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thanks guys. yes time will tell if the motor will hold. like right now i do not have power to the ac compressor for some reason. im thinking the compressor got damaged in the wreck. i swapped it over with the motor.
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just put the motor to the test. i drove the truck from fresno to chico, ca within 5 hours. i was running it at 65 70 all the way and got it up to 85 a couple times. got to say it runs like a striped *** ape.

i have notice since the install there is some valve train noise. but every ovh has that to some degree. and i still can not figure out why there is no power to the compressor.
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Looks good man
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you had a 2wd 4.0 right?
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you had a 2wd 4.0 right?
yep and it still is. i swapped out a very troubled 4.0 with another 4.0 with no problems "at the moment"
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do you just did motor..no tranny swap? im looking for a 4.0 2wd tranny is where im getting.,..
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i just did the motor swap. the trans that was bolted to the new motor was a manual. but i do have a 4r55e trans that is up for sale it was bolted up to a 4.0 and and was in a 2wd truck
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