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Old 03-03-2010, 12:15 PM
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Default V-8 swap

I have wanted to put in a 302/5.0L, to replace my 3.0L. Even with all the mods I've done. While I was in the hospital for 6 wks., my son decided to go ahead and burn up my engine, so, it looks like the swap will be a little sooner. After talking to a dealership, here in Houston, he suggested the Ford Explorer, saying it would be like a factory swap. Has anyone out there done this swap and would I have to stay with the same year model?

I would appreciate any help and/or advice, for this will be my first.

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Old 03-03-2010, 09:38 PM
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If you can find an explorer with everything intact and not too badly rusted up, should be able to transfer almost everything over if retaining the efi setup. Found myself an 86 mustang gt to strip out and had to work out the differences on the wiring diagrams and made it easy on myself by going through advanced adapters for swap parts when the money was available to do the project.
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:16 AM
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You damn right. Shane what are you doing on here? L.O.L. he's just not looking at the big picture. I'd be looking at a 350 SBC or a 305 SBC because they're easier to find, and the parts base that GM has alone is too big to ignore. An LQ4 with a LS1 intake manifold would give him around 425 HP and around 430 ft. Lbs of torque and he'd get around 34 mpg's.
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:26 AM
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chevy's are cheaper but you get what you pay for.....

Find a 302, they fit nice.
The 302 is a good motor. But you shouldn't knock GM too much. here's why. Let's say that GM comes out with a new engine and everyone's interested about it. Ford Motor Company will try to beat or out do GM on everything. It's a system of checks and balances. So what does Ford do? They also come out with a new engine with "stolen" specs or "improved" specs. The new 5.0 is a prime example. It beat Chrysler's 6.1 liter SRT 8 Hemi and it also beat GM's GTO engine from the factory. Plus GM has alot of engines to choose from that sound good and are easier on the wallet than Ford's engine because of GM's mass production. So go easy on GM.
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:29 AM
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Basicly if you're going to do a swap. Find the same year explorer and turn it into a plug and play swap. About 10 to 12 hours with the proper tools.
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:36 AM
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You damn right. Shane what are you doing on here? L.O.L. he's just not looking at the big picture. I'd be looking at a 350 SBC or a 305 SBC because they're easier to find, and the parts base that GM has alone is too big to ignore. An LQ4 with a LS1 intake manifold would give him around 425 HP and around 430 ft. Lbs of torque and he'd get around 34 mpg's.
Lol I had that swap in my El Camino, I never got to find out mileage because the damn thieves stole my baby, 2 and a half years down the drain.

Anyway, in a Ranger go with the 5.0 out of an Exploder. I'm a Chevy guy, I love SBC, but not in the Ranger, leave it Ford. 302's have great power potential and plenty of parts. They are easier to retrofit and make to work in our trucks already. Yes Chevy small blocks have more aftermarket support, you'd also have one bastard of a Ranger. You want really different put a 318 Mopar in it lol.

And as for whos engines are better, Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota etc. they all have strengths and weaknesses, we all have our own opinions and experiences. If it were my truck I'd pick what I liked for my reasons, That's my .02 cents.
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:29 PM
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Lol I had that swap in my El Camino, I never got to find out mileage because the damn thieves stole my baby, 2 and a half years down the drain.

Anyway, in a Ranger go with the 5.0 out of an Exploder. I'm a Chevy guy, I love SBC, but not in the Ranger, leave it Ford. 302's have great power potential and plenty of parts. They are easier to retrofit and make to work in our trucks already. Yes Chevy small blocks have more aftermarket support, you'd also have one bastard of a Ranger. You want really different put a 318 Mopar in it lol.

And as for whos engines are better, Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota etc. they all have strengths and weaknesses, we all have our own opinions and experiences. If it were my truck I'd pick what I liked for my reasons, That's my .02 cents.
Well put but I disagree about the bastard ranger deal. Some guys have done some amazing swaps out there involving GM. But I do have to agree with the 5.0 out of an explorer because it's almost a plug and play type deal and you can do damn near anything you want with a 302 engine (stroker engine anyone). That's a shame about the El Camino though. And the 318 from chrysler, well let's just say that if you pass a gas pump you're screwed. I'm not really a fan of Chrysler with exception to the Elephant (whoops, I mean hemi L.O.L).
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:50 PM
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Well put but I disagree about the bastard ranger deal. Some guys have done some amazing swaps out there involving GM. But I do have to agree with the 5.0 out of an explorer because it's almost a plug and play type deal and you can do damn near anything you want with a 302 engine (stroker engine anyone). That's a shame about the El Camino though. And the 318 from chrysler, well let's just say that if you pass a gas pump you're screwed. I'm not really a fan of Chrysler with exception to the Elephant (whoops, I mean hemi L.O.L).
Elephant lol My uncles a mopar man lol, I give him crap all the time for it lol I know of several mustangs with small block Chevy's in them. But a 347 stroker Ford is just as fun lol I'm for ease of swap on most things. Being different is always cool though lol
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:48 AM
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Why a V8?
In this age of high end v6's, you can get V8 power, (minus a small amount of torque) from a V6 that is going to be a simpler conversion, weighs about a 100# less and will get at least the same mpg.
But, if you have to have a V8, wait for this 302 (5.0) to hit the market, 2011 Ford Mustang GT, 412 hp (307 kW) @ 6500 rpm, 390 lb·ft (529 N·m) @ 4250 rpm. It is a 5.0 L (4951 cc, 302 cid) "Coyote" V8 it is the latest evolution of the Modular engines. you can read more about it and other Ford engines here, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Mo....C2.A0L_Coyote
The 302 has a lot of followers, and I have had a couple of good runners, but they are being replaced with other more efficient engines now. Do a lot of comparing before you jump into any V8, V6 swap.
Try this also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...nes#8_Cylinder you may find an engine that no one has though about, SHO V8 from a 89-99 Taurus comes to mind.

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Old 04-24-2010, 05:37 PM
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I love the chevy motors had a few mid 90's model vortec engines, loved them. I love the 318 comment that was sooo priceless cause it's the truth had one in a ram 1500.

So not to steal a thread just curious....My retarded ass loves to shift gears so I would love to swap a 302 in mine but I want a 5 speed. Any takes on that?
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Old 04-25-2010, 07:02 AM
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Certainly, the F150 has a M5OD that bolts to the 302/5.0L V8. So I understand, it has the same ratios as the other M5's minus the ones for the 4 cylinder, (the laters ratios are lower geared in at least 1st gear).

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Old 04-26-2010, 12:29 AM
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i dont believe in mixing brands either but have a 2002 ranger that im building into off roader, and i happen to have a ls1 sitting in shop complete with harness and trans. getting tempted to use in ranger .
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Old 04-27-2010, 08:34 AM
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Well, what do you want to do with your engine?

5.0 V8 Mustang Engines are more Horsepower, F150 5.0 V8 are more Torque, and I think Explorers may be a happy medium? And easier to install
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:50 PM
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It kinda looks like the exploder V8 would be the easiest from what I read on here.

Power wise i'm looking for around 300/350 horse/torque.
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Old 04-27-2010, 05:01 PM
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Dohc 4.6[281] or maybe the new 2011 5.0 out of a mustang or a crown victoria CHEAP and powerful. ps chevys suck.
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