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Old 08-06-2007, 08:26 PM   #1
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Hi...

I know this is really crazy, but I have built and worked on Chevy Small Block V8's over the years and was wondering if anyone knows if it is possible or has installed a Chevy Small Block into a Ranger??? I have been debating whether to install a Ford 302, a Chevy 350 or just keep my 3.0L and Turbo Charge, but I am not sure which would give the most bang for the bucks and also be the least headache for me.

I will appreciate any help that anyone can give on this... thanks...
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exbass94 Jul 20 2007, 11:21 AM Post #2


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QUOTE(David52548 @ Jul 20 2007, 12:09 PM)

Hi...

I know this is really crazy, but I have built and worked on Chevy Small Block V8's over the years and was wondering if anyone knows if it is possible or has installed a Chevy Small Block into a Ranger??? I have been debating whether to install a Ford 302, a Chevy 350 or just keep my 3.0L and Turbo Charge, but I am not sure which would give the most bang for the bucks and also be the least headache for me.

I will appreciate any help that anyone can give on this... thanks...
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Well it is possible to install a Chevy small block, but putting in a Ford 302 is little easier because it's already been done, there's lots of information on how to do it, and there are kits and adaptors already out there to put one in. Plus, by putting in a Ford engine, you won't get crap about your swap from all us Ford-lover-and-Chevy-haters (including myself (IMG:style_emoticons/default/grin.gif) ) Honestly, just the idea of putting a Chevy engine in a Ford makes me cringe, but that's just me. It's your truck, so do whatever you want. I know chvlfrk put a 350 in his Ranger, so might wanna talk to him. As for your 3.0, there is a supercharger kit for it, but it was recently discontinued. You can still probably find used ones on eBay though. Good luck!



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OK, fine...just for your entertainment.....you're a pinko commie, I hope your truck evaporates.



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hey please dont do put a chuby in the ranger my budys and i hate when people do that u have a ford so put a ford v8 in it (IMG:style_emoticons/default/hammerhit.gif)



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If your looking power, why not a 351 swap? A little more power than the 302, and its not a chevy engine. Just a thought. :-)



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OK... I am convinced and I recind my sacriligous idea of a Chevy into a Ford... I will learn how to deal with a 302... thanks for the revelation and eye opening comments...

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Dave,
Tried replying early on this but site is really having problems. Since you have a 2000 model, easiest swap is to use the Explorer 5.0 and wiring harness/computer. Lots of talk about the swap, do a search for it
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QUOTE(David52548 @ Jul 20 2007, 05:44 PM)

OK... I am convinced and I recind my sacriligous idea of a Chevy into a Ford... I will learn how to deal with a 302... thanks for the revelation and eye opening comments...Take care..Dave

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QUOTE(chvlfrk @ Jul 21 2007, 04:16 AM)

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Dave,
The important thing on the swap is that you have the later model that relies way too much on the computers, unlike the earlier years where the cheby would be a lot easier. Not kits or adapters needed other than the need to fabricate motor mounts. If you have the torsion bar front suspension (rather than the normal coils) even the Explorer motor mount would work. Wiring plugs right in, no clearance problems, too many other reasons not to use the Explorer motor.
Do you have to meet emissions regulations? Auto or manual?

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Dear MACripper...

I think your recomendation of using the Explorer 5.0 is the better way to go. Unfortunately I have the coil springs in the front rather than the torsion bar suspension. I will have to look for a kit to help with the mounts and exhaust if such an animal is made. Your idea of using the harness and computer is also sound...

I have to meet emissions and since you mentioned that point I may have to look a bit more carefully at what I would like to do... don't want to build this thing and then be told it is off road only and can not get it past inspection.

Thanks for all of your input... it is excellent and I have appreciated it.

You may have helped me avert a possible disaester...

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Dave,
The Explorer exhaust manifold/headers are a bolt in with no problem, just be sure not to use the tube style but get the cast iron ones or the ones sold by Ford. There are no kits for the motor mounts for the 2x4, have to be fabricated.
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If you really want to do something a little less common, skip the small blocks and go right to a 460. I've see wrecked 90's 3/4 and 1 ton 460 fords in junk yards so you could even build a fuel injected motor with a factory harness. Granted, you'd have to modify your inner fenders, move your radiator to the bed, and stiffen the suspension, bu I think it would be awesome.

When I get my big old truck finished, I'm gonna look for a newer std cab short box ranger and squeeze a 460 into it. Though, I'm not gonna bother with fuel injection, probably carb and HEI.
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your rangers a ford, so keep it ford. an earlier 302 (carbed) is just as easy as any chevy swap, and, if you want to keep it EFI, the explorer 5.0 is damn near plug and play.
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your rangers a ford, so keep it ford. an earlier 302 (carbed) is just as easy as any chevy swap, and, if you want to keep it EFI, the explorer 5.0 is damn near plug and play.
Why're you digging up two year old threads ? I mean, gosh, if you want to start another fight over this subject, START YOUR OWN THREAD !!!!!!
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my thoughts exactly...

That first post is just... what??? And it's two years old nonetheless...

I would just ignore it but the first post with all the replies and member information and junk is confusing me...
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