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Differences between 4.0 SOHC long blocks

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Ok, it looks like I'm on the hunt for an engine for my 2011 4.0 sohc. I think I know the answer to this question but, what are the differences between the 4.0 sohc long blocks in the Ranger, Explorer, and Mustang among all years. I do know my 03' has spray rails above the cam and the 11' does not. I don't think this makes any difference as far as function. Basically what I'm asking is will a Explorer or Mustang engine work in a Ranger? I'm trying to expand my options for a used engine.

On car -part and eBay I'm finding ranger engines with 100k to 150k going for $2000-$2500. Shipping is going to run at least a couple of hundred, then tax I'm sure. So basically about $3k when I'm done. And no real warranty. I'm finding motorcraft remans for $3900. I would actually have a real warranty with the reman and it's basically new. This sounds like a better deal to me. I just don't know if I can even get one. These used engine prices seem outrageous for 100k + mile engines. I would feel better at $1500 or less.
 


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Wow!! That crazy prices. You need a u pull it junkyard
 

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It's because they are hard to get with low miles. Supply and demand. I just had to put a transmission in my 2007 and it cost me $2,100 for a 2005 with 54k miles. If it were me, I would go with a remanufactured because you at least get a warranty.
 

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car-part in Denver area shows 115k for $1750 and 159k for $1820, so that's a little better. But if I were to put in a used one I would want to replace the timing chains & cassettes so that is going to add another $500 at least.
 

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I took a gamble. I bought a 4wd 2008 Explorer with a bad transmission that seems to run good. It looks like everything will transfer over to the long block. It's crazy you can buy an entire vehicle way cheaper than just an engine. Hopefully I can recoup some of the investment in scrap value of everything left over.

Anyone need explorer parts? Cheap. You just need to come pull it yourself. It's going to the crusher in late January.
 

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Smoothe Moove Dude! :) I was just thinking as I read the posts that I had done well buying the Explorer I'll be using for an engine, even though the transmission pump went bad. And I've already had a very lengthy test drive ;) Good luck with it man
 

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The ranger is back on the road again. The explorer long block is a direct fit. A lot of the bolt on ancillaries are different, but the long block is the same. I transfered everything from the ranger to the explorer engine including the oil filter housing.

I found 2 more explores closer and cheaper to me than the one I purchased. They also had bad transmissions and somewhat low mileage. One just over 100k. The transmissions in the explorers must me junk. This is a good source for engines.
 

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