Re: V8 transplant into 1984 Ranger Questions???
I did mine piece by piece, so it's up to you.. Getting a donor may be cheaper tho. Lots use the Ranger clutch hydralics and add an external slave cyl on the T5.
The length is usually the bear, even with getting a radiator tucked into the core support. If I had to do it over, I would have gone w/ a 5.0L with the shorter front end dress.
Most recommend using mustang convertible mounts, swapping them side to side, and drill/slot the cross member. Swap plates work, but they are kind of a PITA. Some also have used steel plate to mate the engine to the stock mounts.
If you find a set of swap headers, and they are Hedman's, part # 89500, be sure to research them before buying.
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