View Full Version : My 95' 4.0L swap
01-29-2008, 10:16 PM
Well its been about two weeks since ive started this project. blew a head gasket on the 2.3 in it and i have another ranger laying around so thought it would be a good project. the donor truck is a 94 supercab 4x4. so far i have replaced the 7.5 rear end with an 8.8, 3" body lift and put the skid plate from the 4x4 on mine, i tried the larger gas tank in it but just couldn't get it to fit. today went and yanked out the motor and the wiring harness and since the transmission one the 4.0 is a manual i will be getting rid of the automatic. after a while i will plan on converting it to 4x4 and lifting it. but for right now the only thing left is swapping the motors.
02-01-2008, 11:08 PM
got a whole bunch of goodies today: clutch pedals and lines, complete engine and bay wiring harness, and air intake tube. it all cost $160
02-01-2008, 11:37 PM
lookin' good! the f150 in your avatar looks sweet, what are the specs on that?
02-02-2008, 07:26 AM
It's my 02' f-150 supercrew, it has about a 9" suspension lift and a 3" body with 37's. it sucks now cause thats the only thing i can drive around till the ranger is done and it loves to eat the gas.
02-02-2008, 08:12 AM
if you want your ranger to be a 4x4...now is the time to do it wile you have the motor out.....becouse you need ot change the cross member...there has been a few guys that have not changed the cross member..but your best bet would to be to change it out now..hate to see you have to take the motor back out
02-02-2008, 10:34 AM
if you have a 4.0, 4x4, 8.8, why didnt u just keep that rather than making the 2.3 into that>?
02-02-2008, 01:06 PM
i dont have a title for the truck and the body is pretty rough, same with the interior. i wish i could have been able to. would have saved me alot of work.
02-02-2008, 01:37 PM
Yes swap the cross member and axle now. You already have both engines out.:icon_thumby:
02-02-2008, 02:37 PM
i hear that is pretty difficult to do although it only looks like drilling out riviets. have any of you swapped the cross member before?
pic of the sweet donor truck out at the junk yard :D
02-02-2008, 05:54 PM
pulled out the 4.0 from the other truck at home today
the engine its pretty nasty though. gonna have to clean it up ad see if any gaskets/seals need to be replaced. oh yeah almost forgot my custom fit oil filter :D
02-07-2008, 01:40 PM
well ive got the 4.0 and the engine bay cleaned up and all the wiring has been swithced, the engine came out of a 94 so i had to change the engine harness and make some changes to it to work the the newer style. other than that its ready to be put in which i will try to do tomorrow afternoon.
02-07-2008, 04:38 PM
well since i couldn't put the motor in today i decided i might as well put the other wheels and tires on it instead of doing nothing.
the rear tires
and the front ones where we had to drill out the center cap for the spindle nut/dust cap to fit through.
02-10-2008, 08:47 PM
well as McLovin would say " it's in!"
and got the dash and shifter installed
02-10-2008, 08:53 PM
DANK!! Its coming along quick! I just put my 94 4.0 in today. I cant wait to hear that thing purrrrr! WOOHOO for 4.0's lol
02-12-2008, 07:19 PM
got everything under the hood hooked up except im waiting on my computer to come in.
got the hood and the front bumper put on too. after the computer all i need is the rear driveshaft and gas in the tank.
02-12-2008, 07:47 PM
how hard was the auto to manual swap?
02-12-2008, 10:35 PM
it wasn't that hard, having the engine out helped though with the wiring. the hardest part if i was only doing the transmission swap would have to be switching the stupid pedal assembly under the dash. other than that that it was pretty much taking one thing out and putting another back in.
02-17-2008, 06:09 PM
what did you do with the old auto tranny selector? leave a hole in the column? or did ya swap a column cover from a manual truck?
02-19-2008, 07:59 PM
well for the gear selector i took out the instrument cluster and the selector pops out of the bottom. i took some black paper and cut it to fit over it and just slid it back in.
as for the shifter i took the plastic cover off the column and hammered out the pin that holds the shifter on and then just put the cover back on for now. i'll get one off of a manual late on to give it an authentic look.
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