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89 Ranger 4.0 Swap and Hunting Rig, the Houndruner


Rowdy Fitzgerald

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I know there’s better stuff out there, but I figure the stock ones lasted 30 years so why spend more money on expensive cup bearings. Plus I was afraid they would cause more vibration and noise in the cab. If I destroy these fast, I might go to bearings. Have you used them?
 


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I bought this truck about 6 months ago. The original owner had started the 4.0 swap. I was kinda leery about it and I hope the engine is as sound as he claimed. But here’s the basics. The truck is an early 89 that had a 2.9 and a manual trans (FM-146). The motor, dash and majority of the wiring harness is from a 91 Explorer with an auto trans. I’m not sure what model trans. So far it looks like most everything was plug and play except for:
fuel lines
tail lights
reverse lights
cab light
Neutral safety switch wiring.

The fuel lines:
The original owner swapped the explorer’s fuel lines from the engine to the furl filter, into the ranger.

Neutral safety switch:
I had to figure this one out. The transmission harness has two plugs on it at each end. The neutral safety switch has two green wires coming out of it that turn to a white with black and a black with white after about 8”, at a plug. The white with black ran to a black plug while the black with white ran to a grey plug. I had to re-pin both wires, the black wire went up one hole while the white with black, I moved to the grey plug, next to the black with white. This now allows the ignition to crank the starter.

I haven’t started dealing with the tai lights, reverse lights or cab light yet.
Nice job. Pls is it possible to swap in the headlights, and rear lights of a 4.0l explorer v6, to a ranger 95 3.0l?
 

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Doesnt coffee flavored beer make more sense?

Isn’t it already out there?
Nice job. Pls is it possible to swap in the headlights, and rear lights of a 4.0l explorer v6, to a ranger 95 3.0l?
I’m not sure. I imagine it can be done. For the front, you’d just need the brackets, grill and maybe hood, along with the fenders if they’re a different shape. I’ve never compared them or tried it.
Edit: I believe the rear lights would take a fair amount of fabrication. I don’t know if they’re the same shape.
 

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All the reinforcement and you didn't touch where I bent on my drivers side beam... Where that stupid hole is on the bottom side, that's where I bent mine when I hit the pumpkin with a rock in the road... No way in heck was I pulling that beam just for that so I chained it to something heavy and backed it up until it was straight :). Then I welded on a little reinforcement up there... I don't normally play with rocks since I have a 8:1 compression ratio 4 cylinder...

Looks good though!
 

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All the reinforcement and you didn't touch where I bent on my drivers side beam... Where that stupid hole is on the bottom side, that's where I bent mine when I hit the pumpkin with a rock in the road... No way in heck was I pulling that beam just for that so I chained it to something heavy and backed it up until it was straight :). Then I welded on a little reinforcement up there... I don't normally play with rocks since I have a 8:1 compression ratio 4 cylinder...

Looks good though!

That’s good to know! I can still add metal and re-paint. Got any pictures?
 

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Apparently I do :). One is what it did to the passenger side axle shaft in the window, and is why I started with changing the passenger side beam even though I couldn't find anything wrong with it... Then is what I did to the drivers side beam. Looking at the angles of everything, that should be enough but with the beam off you can go crazier, I'd probably venture to do similar top and bottom, looking at it if it is going to bend from impact it will bend there, it's the only area without any real structure...

Oh, and excuse the less than ideal welds, it was night time inverted flux core welding in the driveway, that's just 1" by 1/8" strap metal I think, could have been thinner, I don't remember, that piece that long was just sitting around...

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Thanks! I’m definitely going to add some .25” along the top and bottom now!
 

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The main problem was that stupid hole whatever it's for, it stretched the back side out so I welded it closed before I welded the plate on...
 

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Well at least you can stretch a hole out!
 

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I ordered the external snap rings at Napa last week. They only got 4 in and then they sold them to someone else… So now, I’m still waiting for new snap rings.
 

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My standard shit for luck has returned! The company that I ordered the front gears from, sent me standard cut gears instead of reverse cut. Also, I’m not the first person to be in this girl’s front guts. You can see the scarring.
 

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So I got all ready and was going to extend the RA’s but then I realized, in order to position the joints right, I’m gonna have to move the trans X-member back 4-6”. Then I decided I’m not gonna do that today lol.
 

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Well, even though I told the company I just wanted to get replacement gears, They’re giving me my money back, after I ship them my old gears. But since I already installed the larger bearing and oil slinger on the pinion, I’m going to have to find a replacement for that. I ordered a new gear set through Summit. The price was only about $15 more and the description says it’ll fit an explorer. I’m gonna be pretty mad if they are wrong too.
 


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