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3.0/3.2 SHO swap


rubydist

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The main bearings have not been an issue on the SHO motor, and the bearings are not available anywhere (for years now) so I recommend not even removing the caps on the mains. The rod bearings have been the issue. 119k and never replaced means they are in dire need of replacing. The rule in that community is that rod bearings need changed every 100k or less.

There are some people who have made and sold the spacers for raising the intake so it can be turned around - you can search on shoforum and may find some available.

The one head actually hangs over the flywheel at that end of the engine, so there are several things that potentially run into the firewall, but most noteably the thermostat housing and the head. You will need to modify or find one that has an angle instead of going straight out, because the stock thermostat housing will make the radiator hose go into the firewall.

When you are working on motor mounts, have the exhaust manifolds on the engine so you can work around them - they actually flow quite well and if you can use them you should.
 


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@rubydist you are a wealth of knowledge and know more about my swap than I do thus far, I appreciate all of the help you are giving me and no doubt it will make the process much easier for myself and anyone else who attempts this in the future.

I have noticed that parts availability for these engines is becoming quite limited so it is good to know the issues and get them sorted out before parts are not available at all.

After looking at the car a little bit more I am glad that the manifolds are not the standard front connected into back manifold that is so common on front drive things and that will save me a bunch of time if I can indeed use the stock units.
 

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For an engine that's designed for 7-8k rpm its kinda silly to run a truck transmission that's shifts like a truck transmission behind it. When I was researching to do the swap to my GT (had the donor car and all) I found that Canfield makes (or at least when I was looking) an adapter for vulcan 3.0 to sbf http://www.cididit.com/adaptor_plate.htm

Get that adapter, and a custom flywheel from Spec or whoever then you can run superior sbf clutch and transmissions that engine deserves. The downside is that is a costly endeavor that few people (let alone ranger owners) are willing to spend.

I have since decided to go with the classic proven 2.3t / t5 swap in my '88 GT as I have the built drivetrain from my '91 2wd that's been sitting around for a decade that I wanted to finally be able to use. HOWEVER if I somehow manage to finally acquire an '89 GT I will be revisiting the SHO swap.
 

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I know it isn't ideal to use the M5OD but it is the most cost effective route to go. I will be swapping the top cover/shifter to a later one to shorten the throws a bit though. T5 transmissions are difficult to find and expensive around here also. It took some looking to find a usable 3.0 two wheel drive transmission and the shifter bushings are still trashed. I have 200 into this project so far and that netted me the SHO, a transmission and a rot free truck that needs a cab (rolled). I will build on it as time and funds allow though.

I'm having trouble even locating a stock flywheel for this engine as it appears that all of the parts houses specify the incorrect one and the aftermarket units are a bit spendy for my budget at this time
 

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The Canfield adapters have been out of stock for some time, but you might find one in the wild. The last one I had was purchased by a guy in England because of how hard they are to get.
 

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I'm sure you could just send them an email and they'd gladly whip one up for you on their CNC machine. I doubt they got rid of their program for making them.
 


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