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Old 06-28-2016
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Thee Gherkin build, 5.0

Been wanting to do a 5.0 swap for let's say... over 25 years.

This is going to be the first of 2 trucks I want to put 5.0's in, it is the practice run LOL.

Starting with a 2000 Amazon green single cab short bed ranger, originally with a 2.5 and auto. Previous owner attempted a head gasket change and locked the cam up after 30 miles on the new gasket. I trailered the truck with the partially disassembled motor to the place I work. I'm blessed in that respect we do fuel systems ant turbos for diesels there and have bays and lifts and all kinds of helpful tools.

Donor is a 1997 Mountaineer. Neither Monty or Gherkin came with PATS so that isn't an issue.

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Trailered it to the shop


Found an open bay. Yes that is a cat 3408 on the left as a hydraulic pump.


Previous owner quit while he was behind


Monty, the healthy donor.


Monty's powerplant


Out comes the 2.5 and the tranny


Empty at last
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Nice! Any plans for the 5.0, or just keeping it stock?
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For the first round, stock with later model cast exhaust manifolds, custom dual exhaust as quiet as I can make it and a crossover tube.

I'm going to get it going and drive it mellow while I finish up the rear end, monty has a 3.73 and I have a great welder dude here at the shop. Currently it has a 7.5 with 4.10 gears. After I finish the "real" rear end I plan on doing a stress test on a 7.5 so I can be more active in the multiple threads on how a 7.5 stands up to a V8. Or doesn't LOL.

I'm really liking the detroit true trak real pricey but seems to be a cure all for every situation. I'm subliminally hoping when I pull the cover off the differential I see some problems, it will give me a reason to buy one LOL.

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Looking forward to seeing the process!
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Ordered motor mounts today, checked out the labor involved in taking the ones off the mountaineer and I think I saved more money than switching to geiko.
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