Anyone running a 408 in there ranger?


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I'm looking to build/buy a 408 for my first gen and was wondering what drivability is/was like.
 


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Look at the driveability of a fox body with that motor. Granted if you have a longer wheel base it might hook better with some suspension work, But its all about the weather conditions and a how flat to the floor you like to drive.
 

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I'm looking to build/buy a 408 for my first gen and was wondering what drivability is/was like.
Not sure I can answer ur question rite now but I am in the process of installing a 408 Cleveland in a 95 2wd Ranger as we speak. I have encountered some logistical problems with the C that apparently are different from the Windsor. I'm assuming you want to go fast seeing as you chose a 408 for motor.
I thought I knew my exact direction for this transplant but, alas, it has changed several times and has involved the purchase of some new parts that I can no longer use!! Turns out the chassis and suspension are the main culprits of this swap. So check your budget with the changes you'll have to make to handle the power you're considering. Some things to consider are ; rear axle and how to harness it (4link, ladderbar,etc.), motor mounts and locations (motor plates and mid plates, adapted mounts,etc.) oil pan, exhaust headers, steering (stock pwr. , rack n pinion,etc.) trans mounts, driveshaft clearances, to mention a few! :rolleyes: From what I'm hearing and reading the 302/5.0 engine fits in a LOT easier and with less necessity to change the entire structure of the truck, just sayin! BUT, if ur lookin for a project that will command your full attention and, you're able bodied, with decent mechanical skills, and have a few bucks and some time on your hands, it could be a really cool accomplishment! To be honest, I can't tell you the number of times I've said to myself " why didn't I just go to Mecum auction and buy somebody elses labor a lot freakin cheaper!!" Guessin' I'm just not that smart.:unsure:😂
 

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I believe you can get 363 cubic inches out of the new Boss 302 block and it'll be a lot easier fit. If your 408 is a Windsor it'll be a lot easier than Jack's Cleveland. I think he's showing off.
 

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I've been looking at crate engines and for a turn key v8 I'm looking at 6k I started looking at 302s but wanted more torque. than looked at 351w and ended up at 408 because more faster. I'm thinking 400 hp na with a np435 and 205 transfer. 35ttb and 8.8 rear. 4.88 gears 33 in tires
 

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It sounds to be like you'll be happier if you build for low end power rather than high rpm horse power.
 


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