dr.art

2001 Ford Ranger

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Anger update

old rear diff is out, new 8.8 is in, 3:73 gear, disc brakes, rear sway bar and over rider traction bars in progress

the old diff sat under the springs, the explorer diff sits on top so you also get a 4" rear ride height drop as a bonus.

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The progress continues 

had to have a special power steering hose made 

to Change the frame mounts on a front coil spring ranger you have to remove the f--n coil springs.

on the 4x4 and torsion bar models there is room to get to the bolts with out taking stuff apart

the engine is in the truck, but most likely will have to come back out for a mount adjustment.

and yes putting a fully dressed v-8 into a a ranger is tiiiiiight.image.jpegimage.jpegimage.jpeg

 

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Posted (edited)

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These are the mounts that attach to the block and then you have to use 2wd 4.0 mounts that attach to the frame.

I got these used off the interweb, blasted and sprayed silver so you can see the bolts when the engine is installed , again, it's tight and it makes that job a little easier if you can see what is going on

Well the majority of the tough stuff is done

engine is on new mounts and in

the giant trans in a tiny truck is in and bolted up

(that was NOT fun)

and you have to do the 2 separate so ya big fun there.

Have to pull the bed to change the fuel pump to a return style pump to match the donor system 

any luck I can fire it up on Friday when we have the day off

Edited by dr.art

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I might still have some non return style rails from my Exploder motor...if not, they are all over the Lavergne Pull a Part.  Not sure if that is any help or even a doable swap but figured Ide toss it out there.

Matt

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I have both, the problem is the non-return run at 85 psi and the return style from the donor efi runs at 45-50psi.

I have the pump and quick connect fittings in hand so , just doing it correctly so this pig will run.

 

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Pulled the bed, switched fuel systems to a return style.

re mounted the rear sway bar end top links,

like this set up better, 1 inch ish thick wall sleeve and 7/16 grade 8 bolts.

disreguard the weld splatter at the frame rail, cleaner set up should work better.

 

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Posted (edited)

^  lol!   I LOVE that! 

(I once put a C6 trans behind a BBF in a fox body, and did it through the interior.  lol)

Edited by Ashley P

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the black tube is the trans dipstick, there is no other way.

its also really nice for the exhaust headpipe bolt access.

there is a pinch weld seam for the floor/firewall that hitting the top of the trans, it had to go

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This is great. I had an 88 I was going to do a 5.0 swap in but bought a mustang and got side tracked. Should be a fun little truck for sure. 

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