Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts!

Go Back   Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts! > >
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Welcome to Ford Ranger Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread

  #1  
Old 07-05-2016, 10:21 PM
Grimm85 Grimm85 is offline
Learning to use the forums
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 2
Default '99 Frame Swap

Hello,
A few qustions...
I have a 1999 extended cab xlt 2w drive. I have a bent frame. I have found a 1999 extended cab 4w drive. My truck has a 4.0 the donor vehicle had a 3.0.. front suspension is also different. First of all, can I swap my 2w drive components onto the 4w drive frame? Second, will the computer for the 3.0 work for my 4.0? If I cannot swap my front suspension onto the 4w drive frame can I still use the 4w drive frame because I do not have a transfer case?

Any tips/suggestions would be greatly welcomed and appreciated!
__________________
99 Ranger XLT Extended Cab
4.0 V6 Auto Trans
Dual Buckets and Explorer Console
2000 Tail Lamps
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-06-2016, 09:11 AM
dvrich dvrich is offline
Ford Ranger Driver
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 2,844
Default Re: '99 Frame Swap

I would get the frame straightened instead of wasting massive time and effort saving an 18 year old Ranger.
__________________
Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame!

Last edited by dvrich; 07-06-2016 at 09:13 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-06-2016, 05:08 PM
RAT Ranger RAT Ranger is offline
Ford Ranger Driver
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,414
Default Re: '99 Frame Swap

So your wanting to put your body on the 4x4 chassis?

It's doable.....easiest way is to have a lift. Lift your body off, roll your bent chassis out, then roll the 4x4 chassis under it, and bolter down. You don't have location in your info, so just sayin that the body bolts don't always cooperate. I got lucky & mine came out piece of cake when I did it, but that's a Southern truck, Northern trucks where they use salt can be a PITA.

You won't have to worry bout 3.0 or 4.0 stuff inside the cab, but not sure other than motor & trans mounts that maybe different between chassis'. You won't have transfer case, so you can let the frontend free roll. Never done it for a V6 swap.

BTW: If your close to SE TN, I can hook ya up with a 4.0L transfer case, but don't have any drive shafts.

Start a thread and show pics of swap with progress.........GLWB!
__________________
ALL THROTTLE, NO BOTTLE!!!

Daily Driver: 98 Thunderbolt

TOY: Green 94 Pro Street

Last edited by RAT Ranger; 07-06-2016 at 05:13 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-06-2016, 06:59 PM
Grimm85 Grimm85 is offline
Learning to use the forums
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 2
Default

Sorry I'm in TX so no salt to worry about. Thanks for the advice RatRanger, sadly I don't have access to a lift anymore. But that makes since so I will look into maybe renting space with a lift. If I go that route any idea how long(best case scenario) it would take to lift it off? And would it be worth trying to mount the motor and transmission before dropping the cab back down? Thanks again!!
And yes I know it's a 17 year old truck that's worth next to nothing but it has a deep value to me, it was the last thing my mother helped me get before she passed away so I really don't care about the age!
__________________
99 Ranger XLT Extended Cab
4.0 V6 Auto Trans
Dual Buckets and Explorer Console
2000 Tail Lamps
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-06-2016, 07:08 PM
Kealel Kealel is offline
Bringing hell to the city
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 2,585
Default Re: '99 Frame Swap

The bed should take about an hour, no idea about the rest of the truck though.

Seeing pictures of bare rangers (frame only) I would bet it would be a lot easier to mount the engine and tranny first, but that is me thinking aloud.
__________________
Baby Girl: 2006 White Ranger XL with many memories. R.I.P. 1/26/15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Logan03CO View Post
I knew you were an alright guy!
Quote:
Originally Posted by ford4thot View Post
The only reason it's worn out junk is because you've gone 70k miles without changing the oil.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-06-2016, 07:26 PM
RAT Ranger RAT Ranger is offline
Ford Ranger Driver
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,414
Arrow Re: '99 Frame Swap

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kealel View Post
The bed should take about an hour, no idea about the rest of the truck though.

Seeing pictures of bare rangers (frame only) I would bet it would be a lot easier to mount the engine and tranny first, but that is me thinking aloud.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Grimm85 View Post
Sorry I'm in TX so no salt to worry about. Thanks for the advice RatRanger, sadly I don't have access to a lift anymore. But that makes since so I will look into maybe renting space with a lift. If I go that route any idea how long(best case scenario) it would take to lift it off? And would it be worth trying to mount the motor and transmission before dropping the cab back down? Thanks again!!
And yes I know it's a 17 year old truck that's worth next to nothing but it has a deep value to me, it was the last thing my mother helped me get before she passed away so I really don't care about the age!
================
Holy crap Kealel, I can remove the bed myself (58 y/o) in 30 mins, as I have had to do that before! Couple pieces of landscapin timbers and rollin it over the tires VERY CAREFULLY, then layin down some blankets, and standin it up on end.

Yes Grimm, definitely easier to mount drivetrain BEFORE puttin cab back on, that's what I did also.

We lifted the cab off, left the bed in place in 45 mins to an hr, that's disconnectin cooling system, ac, brake master cylinder, steerin shaft, and all electrical connector & layin them across motor as we lifted cab off.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-24-2016, 09:15 AM
RAT Ranger RAT Ranger is offline
Ford Ranger Driver
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,414
Thumbs up Pics from swap>>>

Progress pics on my swap>

98 4x4 4.0L chassis...


My 4x2 3.0L chassis after body removed...


My cab about to be set down on 5.0L 4x4 chassis...


Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cab, electrical, engine, frame, suspension

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Frame swap 81C3 General Tech 21 03-30-2014 08:30 AM
frame swap lasvegasranger Exterior Tech 4 04-15-2013 09:08 PM
4wd frame swap?? I_wanna_go_wheeling Drivetrain Tech 11 01-06-2013 06:31 AM
What would you do? Frame swap? wvcat Project Logs 3 11-15-2010 10:14 PM
frame swap ranger_dave88 Lifted Suspension 16 01-14-2010 06:52 PM