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3.8 - 4.2 in to ranger??


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could i take a 3.8 fwd block put 4.2 in sides in it and put it in my ranger 3.0 auto with a 4r55e(its out of a 4.0 truck) i think it will all bolt up but will the tranny hold up??? the f-150 uses a 4w70 i think for there 4.2?? any help would be nice what motor monts do you need to put a 3.8 fwd in to a ranger??
 
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could i take a 3.8 fwd block put 4.2 in sides in it and put it in my ranger 3.0 auto with a 4r55e(its out of a 4.0 truck) i think it will all bolt up but will the trunny hold up??? the f-150 uses a 4w70 i think for there 4.2?? any help would be nice
That transmission will not directly bolt that motor as it lies, the FWD 3.8L is a Vulcan bellhousing pattern (RWD is different).

IMO, more practical (easier) to get a rear wrecked F-150 with everything you need since it was already designed to be in a truck.

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ok so i can put a 3.8 fwd motor in my truck and it will bold up to my 4r55s what do you guys use for motor mount??? and headers???? or castings???
 

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Reread Pete's post...the FWD has a Vulcan bellhousing pattern, so it will not work with a 4.0 transmission.

Just curious, why do you want to do this? The 3.8 and 4.2 are not spectacular motors...they are known for head gasket failures. You are probably better off with another 4.0 (SOHC or OHV) or with swapping to a 5.0.
 

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my truck has a 3.0 in it i am not going to put a 4.0 in the truck , the tranny is a 4r55e it is a 4.0 tranny im looking at a v8 swap tp but it cost a lot more yes i know the 3.8 have a prob with head gaskets has any one put a 3.8 in a 4x4 ranger?????
 

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The 3.8L is a piece of shit to.

Your better off keeping the 3.0, it might not have the power, but atleast its reliable. Sure a 3.8 has more power, but what good is it when its got antifreeze in the coolant cause of a head gasket?

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The 3.8L is a piece of shit to.

Your better off keeping the 3.0, it might not have the power, but atleast its reliable. Sure a 3.8 has more power, but what good is it when its got antifreeze in the coolant cause of a head gasket?

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Whoops...i meant antifreeze in the oil :icon_twisted:
 

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figured, lol
 

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actually, ford fixed the head gasket problem on the 3.8 sometime in the mid 90's (i dont remember exactly when). the problem was actually in the block and it was reworked.

the main issue with the later model 3.8's is you cant keep an intake manifold gasket in them. they start dumping antifreeze overboard or ingesting it. a little less serious than a head gasket...but a bummer none the less.

for the amount of work involved, a 4.0 swap nets you better power and its all bolt-in.
 

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thanks for all the info the 3.0 stays think im just goign to put my a trim on it that i had fou my mustang but the car engine got to big for a a trim so ill put it on the truck.
 

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....for the record....a 4.0 will not directly interchange with a 3.0. It will interchange with a 2.9 though.

A 3.0 has differnt bellhousing and motormounts.

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The bellhousings on the A4ld are removable and interchangeable. Thas why when replacing the auto behind the 3.0 you get the auto that was behind the 4.0 since it was built stronger.
 

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thank you that is why i have a 4r55e behind my 3.0 it was a 4.0 tranny so long story short where do i get motor mounts for a fwd 3.8 to go in a ranger???
 

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Dont mean to be rude or anything but why do you want to swap in the 3.8? Just curious.
 


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