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Old 11-24-2011, 01:18 PM
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What other motors will work in a 98 ranger 3.0 ext cab 4x4?
I know about the 5.0 explorer swap.

Will a 92 ranger 3.0 work??
Or what others will work??

I have heard about the 3.0 from the Taurus car working.

I found a 92 3.0 motor and transmission for $135.

Just looking for a cheap motor to stick in, can't find any 5.0 explorer motors, only the 4.0s.

Also found alot of other older 302s for sale too.


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Old 11-24-2011, 06:42 PM
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Default Re: what other motors will work

whats wrong with the 4.0 out of a 93+ ranger..would work fine. more power than 3.0 more fuel efficent than 5.0
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Old 11-28-2011, 12:50 PM
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really depends on how you define work; if you mean bolting up to your current transmission and working with the current engine management system, you are stuck with a 3.0L.
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Old 11-28-2011, 12:56 PM
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Default Re: what other motors will work

With plenty of time and money you can stick pretty much any motor in, mini truckin mag had a I believe it was a 97 ranger with a 383 stroker in it
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:30 PM
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really depends on how you define work; if you mean bolting up to your current transmission and working with the current engine management system, you are stuck with a 3.0L.
yeah that is what I mean. But what are my 3.0 options?
What years will work
Like sticking a 94 3.0 ranger motor into a 98 ranger??

I have found 3.0s from several Taurus cars, and some from older rangers.

One guy has a 3.0 motor from a 92 ranger and is asking $100 for it.

Just trying to chart all my 3.0 options.

I would like to do the 5.0 swap, but the ranger has some body damage and I just want to get it running for a winter beater. So I just want a cheap fix to get it back in the road. The 5.0 would be overkill, too much work, time, money, to stick into a winter beater.

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Old 11-28-2011, 06:11 PM
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yeah that is what I mean. But what are my 3.0 options?
What years will work
Like sticking a 94 3.0 ranger motor into a 98 ranger??

I have found 3.0s from several Taurus cars, and some from older rangers.

One guy has a 3.0 motor from a 92 ranger and is asking $100 for it.

Just trying to chart all my 3.0 options.

I would like to do the 5.0 swap, but the ranger has some body damage and I just want to get it running for a winter beater. So I just want a cheap fix to get it back in the road. The 5.0 would be overkill, too much work, time, money, to stick into a winter beater.

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I had this same problem awhile back when my 3.0 died, i cant find the thread but some guys on here told me if you put something older in it (pre 1996-1997ish?) you will run into problems with the wiring and OBDII and things like that, im not saying it cant be done, but i'd just try to find the same year ranger engine you have now, or just rebuild the motor thats in it now, thats what i did.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:34 PM
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I had this same problem awhile back when my 3.0 died, i cant find the thread but some guys on here told me if you put something older in it (pre 1996-1997ish?) you will run into problems with the wiring and OBDII and things like that, im not saying it cant be done, but i'd just try to find the same year ranger engine you have now, or just rebuild the motor thats in it now, thats what i did.
You rebuilt your 3.0????
How much did that cost you?

If you are willing, would you kind of give me a walk through, what steps i need to do, etc.
I am not a big mechanic, but i know assembly, and can use tools to take apart and put stuff back together, i'm a fast learner, and have access to a machine shop, welding, materials, etc.

I am pretty sure i can take the motor out, just not sure what all to do, kinda in the transmission area, how to disconnect that, etc.
I can rent, or borrow, or buy a cherry picker to take the motor out.

I think the motor has a bad cylinder/piston.
I posted a video of it on youtube

So I am not sure what all i will have to do to rebuild it, or what I will need.

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Old 11-28-2011, 08:04 PM
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man that sound rough.mine sounded better than that with a cracked head.iv looked around and the overhaul kit is about 500 plus u got machine shop cost.boring turning crank rebuilding heads.i figured about $100 bore block,$150 rebuild heads,$50 turn crank.so bout 800 thats why im goin for the low mileage taurus motor option $140 at pullapart plus price of full gasket set and $40 have machine shop clean check heads
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Old 11-29-2011, 07:47 PM
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I found a 97 3.0 out of a 2wd ranger, wonder if that will work?
Guy wants $350 for it with 87k miles
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:38 PM
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That will work.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:41 PM
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What about a 2002 Taurus engine?
Found one with car, no transmission tho, for $325

http://stcloud.craigslist.org/cto/2728571319.html
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:47 PM
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That would work with a few minor modifications.
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:59 PM
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http://fargo.craigslist.org/pts/2652795165.html

A 92 3.0 for $35? And a tranny for $100.

Wonder if that would work in a 98 ranger??
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:04 PM
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Will a 97 explorer 5.0 be a good donor for the 302 swap?
I read somewhere that it's 98 and up that will work for 98 -99 rangers

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Old 12-26-2011, 08:51 PM
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Hi all.

I have a 2000 ranger 4x4 auto with a dead 3.0 engine. I've been combing through here for a few days to find what a compatible 3.0 is, and also possibly swapping in a 4.0. I've come to the conclusion that I want to just replace the 3.0, since a 4.0 swap requires a transmission change (right?)

So what years and models of 3.0 are compatible? There are a number of early 200x engines available out of the taurus/sable cars. Will they work in a 2000?

Thanks for any info for a new ranger owner!
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