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1992 Ford Ranger 2.3 Engine Swap Recommendations

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I have a 1992 Ford Ranger 2.3 5 speed standard. I’m wanting to do a engine and transmission swap. V6 or V8. It really doesn’t matter to me I just want something stouter than the baby 4 cylinder that’s currently in it. I have no idea where to even begin, what motors and transmissions will be compatible and any extras that I need to be aware of. I would love to just purchase a donor vehicle and pull everything and swap it over. Any advice will be helpful, and what donor vehicles I can buy for the swap.
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Nice looking RED Ranger (y)

V6 would be the same work as V8 so I would go V8, Ford 302(5.0l) fit in a Ranger engine bay because its only 18" wide

You need engine and transmission for the swap, the 2.3l trans won't bolt to any other engine, bell housing is not detachable
Wiring and computer for each engine model is specific to that engine
Which is why its the same work for V6 or V8 swap

Good page to bookmark here: https://www.therangerstation.com/tech/

Look in Engine section for engine swap articles
Lots of info on V8 swaps

Simplest is 302 with Carb and Distributor set up and an M5OD-R2 manual trans from a 1997-2003 4.2l V6, 2WD, this 4.2l V6 has same trans bolt pattern as the 302 AND shifter is in the same place as your Rangers shifter now

If you want fuel injection then you need the new engines wiring harness and its computer, from manual trans vehicles
Auto and manual tran vehicles have different computers and harnesses, just FYI
 
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Update on the Ranger swap. I’ve found a 1970’s carbureted rebuilt 302 motor for a great deal so I picked that up. Now I’m needing any information I can get on compatible manual transmissions. The ranger is currently a 1992 2.8 L 5 speed manual and I want to go back with manual. Any help is appreciated!
 

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An M5OD-R2(M5R2) transmission from a 1997 to 2008 F-150 with V6(4.2l) will have same bolt pattern as the 302
You will need to drill out the bell housing bolt holes a 1/16"(maybe 1/8")because they are Metric and 302 bolts are SAE so don't quite fit thru
Shifter will be in the same place a Rangers
These will NOT have speedometer cable hook ups, but there are solutions to this

But you can also use any 302 manual trans, from a truck the shifter will come up just under the front of dash so shifter arm will need to be bent back a bit
Trans from a car, the shifter will come up at the front of the seats so a bit far back but can be bent as well
These can have speedometer cable hook ups, pre-1990
 

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Will this transmission work with my setup? He’s suppose to be sending a picture of the bell housing.
 

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Yes, it will if its from a 4.2l engine, 1997 to 2008

But no speedometer hook up
 

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