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Has anyone dropped a Ford 300 into a first gen (1983-1989) Ranger?

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Perhaps a tape measure would help with the decision. I loved my 300 in my 70 f250 but that’s a loooong block for a BII or Ranger. OEM front end would put the bell housing between the seats. 🤣. Split the dash and tub the hump.
If you do it we would love some pictures. It would be epic.
whats the length of the 300? I cant find that info anywhere.
 


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whats the length of the 300? I cant find that info anywhere.
I can’t tell you in inches but a 5.0 valve cover will make contact with the heater box. Now add two more cylinders to that length.
Don’t be discouraged by my joking around. If you set your mind to it give it your best effort. Nothing is impossible. I’ve seen big blocks squeezed in there. Highly modified and I wouldn't wanna change the plugs but hey, it’s been done and was a beast. Give er hell fren. 😁
 

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I can’t tell you in inches but a 5.0 valve cover will make contact with the heater box. Now add two more cylinders to that length.
Don’t be discouraged by my joking around. If you set your mind to it give it your best effort. Nothing is impossible. I’ve seen big blocks squeezed in there. Highly modified and I wouldn't wanna change the plugs but hey, it’s been done and was a beast. Give er hell fren. 😁
Im gonna be removing the heater box and blower motor when I swap it.
 

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Get yourself a good engine and get to mocking it up. What’s the Puddin’s fab shop dude say. Sitting on your butt won’t finish your project. I’ve tore 1 of my 85 BII down to bare frame and it’s still not back together. Closer than yesterday but not as much as tomorrow.
 

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Get yourself a good engine and get to mocking it up. What’s the Puddin’s fab shop dude say. Sitting on your butt won’t finish your project. I’ve tore 1 of my 85 BII down to bare frame and it’s still not back together. Closer than yesterday but not as much as tomorrow.
I havent gotten the 4.9 yet. My friend is hopefully getting one thats got a blow headgasket and i plan on refreshing it. It comes with a manual trans as well. idk if its a granny low trans.

Once ive gotten the motor ill start tearing the ranger down and stripping it. Getting it ready. I might tow it to my friends house so we can fix the floor and general rust.
 

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I haven’t even started any body work. It’s in decent shape Hell I started out just putting a body lift on it and it kinda got outta hand. I think I’m 4 years into now. But I have two others that I tinker with as well. Hobby’s and daily drivers. Keeps me outta the bars chasing bow legged women.
 

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I haven’t even started any body work. It’s in decent shape Hell I started out just putting a body lift on it and it kinda got outta hand. I think I’m 4 years into now. But I have two others that I tinker with as well. Hobby’s and daily drivers. Keeps me outta the bars chasing bow legged women.
hahaha, Im hoping to be saving up enough money to be able to buy everything I need for my conversion soon. The old worn out 2.8 is a giant pile. I wanna 302 or a 300 really bad. I sadly havent bought anything for either swaps.
 

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hahaha, Im hoping to be saving up enough money to be able to buy everything I need for my conversion soon. The old worn out 2.8 is a giant pile. I wanna 302 or a 300 really bad. I sadly havent bought anything for either swaps.
Hold onto that 2.8. Parts are hard to find and you’ll still find people wanting them. Help offset your build expenses.
I found an 88 ranger with a 5.0 already in it. Wrecked and rusted but complete. Runs but not drivable.
I want it so bad I could spit but money is tight right now. He’s had it for sale for a good while. Hoping I can work a trade.
 

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Hold onto that 2.8. Parts are hard to find and you’ll still find people wanting them. Help offset your build expenses.
I found an 88 ranger with a 5.0 already in it. Wrecked and rusted but complete. Runs but not drivable.
I want it so bad I could spit but money is tight right now. He’s had it for sale for a good while. Hoping I can work a trade.
Yeah, I wont junk it. I already bought a kit to refresh it. Gaskets, oil pump, and so on. Ill probably rebuild it and either hold onto it or get myself another ranger and drop it into unless someone here would wanna buy it and all of the BRAND NEW parts I bought for it. its all still in their boxes.
 

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whats the length of the 300? I cant find that info anywhere.
300 DIMENSIONS (1971 year):

FRT-FACE-OF-BLOCK to REAR-FACE-OF-BLOCK: 725 mm / 28.56"

OAL (FAN-to-CRANK-FLANGE): 931 mm / 36.65"

HEIGHT CL CRANK-to-TOP-OF-BREATHER-CAP: 486 mm / 19.12"

HT OIL-PAN-to-TOP-OF BREATHER-CAP: 690 mm / 27.17"

For reference OAL (FAN-to-CRANK-FLANGE) of 302 is just under 685mm / 27".

So, 300 is almost 10" longer and its about 30lbs heavier.
 

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IIRC there is a guy here who either did it, or had pics of one. I remember the radiator support being hacked up and the motor and radiator sat really far forward. It was a red First or 2nd gen,, but I couldnt find anything in the "search tool"
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84 Ford Ranger 4x4 300 Inline 6 Swap Completed
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84 Ford Ranger 4x4 300 Inline 6 Swap Completed
300 INLINE SIX could you ask for any thing more

It has been 6 months since i have posted
Well on my birthday 7-16-05 i got "THE SIXER" on the road or should i say off after a year of hell.
It is the only mid-sized Ranger or Bronco II i can find that has a 300 INLINE 6

My best friend and i realy put it to the test to it to see how it would do and Oh My God i can't say much for the 10 miles it gets to a gallon of gas but it is worth it. It eats through mud like nothing

This is what i have in the project so far

$800.00..84 ford ranger i bought 4 years ago it had 87,000 origin miles i got 20,000 miles out of it
$80.00....81 300 inline six 120,000 miles in need of a rebuild (local junk yard)
$200.00..Offenhauser dual port intake (ebay)
$250.00..Holley 390 cfm 4bbl. carb (jeg's)
$35.00....EFI exhaust manifolds (ebay)
$3.00......Walker downpipes w/o cats (local junk yard)
$50.00....C-5 bellhousing (E2AP-7976-CA) to adapt my ranger C-5 case fill trans to SB ford (local junk yard)
$60.00....New C-5 torque converter (AUTOZONE)
$free......Autozone rebuilt head NEW (My friend Clint bought it and never used it so he gave it to me)
$free......Starter duralast NEW (anouther freebe from Clint)
$20.00....Duraspark distributer (ebay)
$100.00...Reman Crankshaft (ebay)
$50.00.....+.04 pistions (ebay)
$100.00...Erson TQ-30 Hi Torque cam and lifter set (ebay)
$100.00...Engine Boar + .04 (NAPA)
$200.00...Rebuild labor short block (NAPA)
$80.00.....33" Roughneck M/T tires(I bought from my friend Clint)

CHECK IT OUT

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/598778/1

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=52
 
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