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Old 07-29-2011, 02:49 PM
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I have a 87 ranger xlt auto the motor is weak and kinda unreliable. I want to swap to a 302 just wondering what all I will need besides motor a new trans I wanna keep it auto and fuel injected. What's better mustang or explorer 5.0 would I need the harness and computer out of the car I get the motor from and would I have to change motor mounts. How long and how much does it normally take to do the swap.
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:15 PM
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I have a 87 ranger xlt auto the motor is weak and kinda unreliable. I want to swap to a 302 just wondering what all I will need besides motor a new trans I wanna keep it auto and fuel injected. What's better mustang or explorer 5.0 would I need the harness and computer out of the car I get the motor from and would I have to change motor mounts. How long and how much does it normally take to do the swap.
The 302 is a good choice and is nearly a bolt in application. Here's a website that does a good job of breaking the parts needed for the swap:

http://www.v8ranger.com/

This website also has a video clip, and several other pictures of various Rangers that have V8s. Also here's another website that will also be most helpful:

http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...nversions.html

That's the entire process and it would roughly cost around $2K give or take a little. It really depends on how much of the work you're doing yourself and how much you want to spend doing this project. To answer your other questions, I'd go with either Ron Francis wiring or painless performance for the engine harness. They make them to where you can still use your stock chassis harness, but the engine harness would be different and they're plug and play as well. As for the tranny, I'd go with either a C4 or a C6.
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:39 AM
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How far are you from Fort Wayne?

I just bought a CLEAN '87 with a 2.0/manual, and I was auto before. I am changing my whole setup and installing my engine into the '87 with a T-5 and tri-ys..

I have a '91 super coupe AOD with Lokar TV cable & bracket SRK4000 for Holley carb (but I think I have everything to make it EFI compatible), B&M Shift Arm, B&M Sport shifter, stall converter, new rear seal/dipstick tube o-ring/pan gasket (I changed the filter while I had it off). I put maybe 3,500 miles on it, but it's ready to go. Have all manuals and associated parts that came with the original kits.

I have swap headers, adapter plates, an exhaust system, etc.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:28 AM
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How far are you from Fort Wayne?

I just bought a CLEAN '87 with a 2.0/manual, and I was auto before. I am changing my whole setup and installing my engine into the '87 with a T-5 and tri-ys..

I have a '91 super coupe AOD with Lokar TV cable & bracket SRK4000 for Holley carb (but I think I have everything to make it EFI compatible), B&M Shift Arm, B&M Sport shifter, stall converter, new rear seal/dipstick tube o-ring/pan gasket (I changed the filter while I had it off). I put maybe 3,500 miles on it, but it's ready to go. Have all manuals and associated parts that came with the original kits.

I have swap headers, adapter plates, an exhaust system, etc.
Ah Pete,
I might send you a pm when I go to do this swap myself. But for now I have to play the waiting game for a bit.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:31 PM
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you need motor mounts, headers, oil filter reloaction, a new radiator and fans the stock one does not cool enough. then like u said motor computer, trans, i have a ford 8.8 rear end in mine and some oddes and ends parts that you will find you will need along the way
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:21 PM
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you need motor mounts, headers, oil filter reloaction, a new radiator and fans the stock one does not cool enough. then like u said motor computer, trans, i have a ford 8.8 rear end in mine and some oddes and ends parts that you will find you will need along the way
Not quite on the radiator my friend. According to TRS and a few other websites, the stock radiator can work if you can get it to fit, but usually it is best to swap out the radiator for a more effecient radiator though. Another thing on the swap that I found is that on the S10, 9 times out of 10 you usually have to swap out the rear end from the stock one. But you don't have to on a Ranger because pretty much all of the rangers, mustangs and F150's use the same rear end that the ranger uses most of the time. But the mounts and headers are pretty easy to obtain and modify. The headers are the easiest. Usually alot of people use either the block hugger headers or the shorty headers.
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Old 10-03-2011, 12:44 AM
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i had the stock radiator on mine with 2 fans and in traffic it wants to over heat so i found a company that makes them specially for v8 swaps in rangers and s10s and it it like 3in thick and 21 tall and not sure on width but it is amazing it was like $300 and as far as rearend i got a 8.8 out of a mustang so not only do i have a stronger rearend i have disk brakes
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