Bagged and Z'd // 5.0L M50D-R2


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Are you staying with stock heads? Going with forced induction?

The only reason I ask is because that 80mm throttle body is far too large for a stock engine. It'll definitely remove a lot of throttle response from idle.. Unless you're swapping heads/intake or plan on running a power adder.
I do understand all the downfalls, I've had a few modified 302's over the years. But yes, it will also have twisted wedge cnc heads, cam, injectors, and locally tuned. Power nor performance is not something I care about with this truck as it is built just to be a properly bagged cruiser with a good stereo, the engine swap is just for the sake of Looks and Sound. If I need to try restrictor plates inside the piping or tapered spacer I will address that at the time, as well as if my tuner wants to move to Haltech instead of SCT to have better throttle tip-in control then we will go that route. But for now none of it matters.

No turbo or SC, as I already have cars that are actually fast and if I wanted power and response from this truck I wouldn't waste my time with any v8 and would have just put a 2J in it which is what I normally do, and is why I have extra throttle bodies laying around, at least I'm not trying to use this Wilson 105mm.. :)

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Because the upper control arms are Raised 2" the toe would change dramatically when lift/lowering the front bags, but by raising the steering rack by 1" it eliminated that toe change during travel. So although the stamped steel Explorer oil pan did originally fit, it would not clear the steering rack after raising it 1".

So I got the dual sump Mustang pan, and it is a good bit slimmer in all aspects, but it still wasn't enough, so it had to be sectioned and notched.

The oil pump had a 1/4" protrusion that needed to be cut off to get every bit of clearance I could manage for making the front sump as compact as possible.

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There isn't much room to gain between the bottom of pump and pan either, but I got about 1/4" of raise from the pan.

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Here is the first round of welding the pan, I'm sure I will need to chase down some pinholes as oil finds it way through just about anything. But I will do some leaktesting and touchups before all the motor parts go to powdercoat once all the motor test fitting is complete. I've had this stupid motor in and out of the truck like literally 40 times making this chunky engine fit into such a modified frame and still clear under the hood and keep a/c.

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And now I have good clearance over the Raised rack and still some room for some motor movement.


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I am using the explorer aluminum radiator commonly found on ebay, it fit good, and seems decent enough quality. It was made to use the stock plastic fan shroud, and I couldn't find any company selling an aluminum shroud/electric fan setup for a ranger/exporer, so I just made a basic aluminum shroud to fit instead, it will use a 16" Slimline Spal.

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I also used the Explorer gas hood struts/hinges on a powerdome/edge hood. The hinges weren't too bad to do, I just drilled and crimped nutserts on the firewall where the explorer hinge holes needed to be as they do not match the smaller bolt pattern on the ranger. The hood side of the hinges fit directly. (Remember you do HAVE TO use TWO Drivers side explorer hinges when putting these on a ranger!)

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