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F-150 4.2 V6 into Ranger Questions...


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How well does a 4.2 fit in a Ranger, if at all and how does it run?

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My guess is that it would be too wide.
 

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a 4.2 is the same size externally as the 3.8. look in the tech library for the write up on a 3.8 swap. the 4.2 is just a stroked 3.8.
 

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Thanks for info so far....
We have 3 F-150s in the extended family, one of each type of engine:
1999 with 4.2 V6, 1997 with 4.6 and a 2002 with a 5.4.

I worked on the 4.6 V8 with 180,000 miles this morning to put a new fan belt in it for sister in law. Engine is really tight even in a 150, not much space to work on...

I looked at the 1999 with the 4.2 V6 the other day and looked like it had a lot of room and that gave me the idea it may fit in a Ranger... with a little more HP and torque than a 4.0.....

Someone at a local after market shop said that a 5.0 302 would not fit
in a 4 x 4 Ranger...so that may be out, but it sure would be fun.

I have a 3.0 FFV from 2000, and with a bunch of changes now, it is running pretty good. Underdog pulley, Autolite XP plugs, Dynomax 2.5" cat back exhaust system, and Flex-o-lite E-fan.

Otherwise I am spoiled from our 454 chev, but not from feeding it gas...
 

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Someone at a local after market shop said that a 5.0 302 would not fit
in a 4 x 4 Ranger...so that may be out, but it sure would be fun.
That guy is smoking crack. This board is full of V8 rangers from 5.0L to a 4.6L and there is also a few 351s and even a 396 stroker. seen a 460 ranger too.


and forgot to mention a couple small block chevy rangers
 

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Someone at a local after market shop said that a 5.0 302 would not fit in a 4 x 4 Ranger...
Ahh, the FACTORY put 5.0's in Explorers, which from the front seat forward are identical to Rangers.
 

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so does that mean you can put a explorer 5.0 in a ranger of the same year?
 

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I have seen a 426 wedge in a cj-5 and in the new JP magizine i just got there putting a 5.9 cummins in a new wrangler if that fits then you can make anything fit.
 

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I was going to try putting a 300 Straight 6 into a Ranger....but i gave up on it. Way to much work.

The hardest thing about getting a 4.2L to work in a Ranger would be the wireing, however, if the 4.2L is just a stroked 3.8L....could a Carburated intake manifold from a early 3.8 work on it?

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Is it possible to put a newer model engine into an older model Ranger?

I mean like 2005 engine into a 92 for example, or will it be impossible because of electrical systems and sensors etc?
 

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a 4.2 is the same size externally as the 3.8. look in the tech library for the write up on a 3.8 swap. the 4.2 is just a stroked 3.8.
WOW, that would be sweet! Wish I had the time and $$$.... :)
 

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Thanks for info so far....
Someone at a local after market shop said that a 5.0 302 would not fit
in a 4 x 4 Ranger...so that may be out, but it sure would be fun.
That's how my swap got started too. The guy that said it couldn't be done got all my business for the little things like a 50 cent bolt and a jug of motor oil. I made sure I brought it by that same shop when I was all done just to show that it COULD be done. The guy looked pretty sour when I pointed out the bolt that I bought from him LOL. :stirthepot:
 


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