Paying a Mechanic for V8 Swap


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My 1999 Ranger 4.0 has a leaky transmission, and over 200k miles on it. I have some funds to buy a different car, but I'm pretty sentimental about this one.

I was quoted $10k for a V8 swap as a starting point, but I don't know exactly what the quote entails. Also, I don't know what other work needs to be done for road worthiness.

Am I at least in the ballpark of what it would cost for a mechanic to do the swap? Any advice on how to proceed?

Thanks!
 


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It's your money... cheaper options out there but to have someone else do the work 10 grand seems fair if they are also including buying the engine and transmission.
 

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My 1999 Ranger 4.0 has a leaky transmission, and over 200k miles on it. I have some funds to buy a different car, but I'm pretty sentimental about this one.

I was quoted $10k for a V8 swap as a starting point, but I don't know exactly what the quote entails. Also, I don't know what other work needs to be done for road worthiness.

Am I at least in the ballpark of what it would cost for a mechanic to do the swap? Any advice on how to proceed?

Thanks!
I see you are in California. How are you going to get your paperwork on it with a v8 swap? They certainly will not pass it with a engine swap, unless you put in the CARB certified LS engine setup.
 

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@mdcusmc there is a guy with a v8 swapped ranger on here, He is thinking of selling it for 12K, or something. It's a Splash, with a lot of work done to it. For 10k, I'm betting you could find one built, for sale, and in your price range.
 

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No amount of money will cover the sentimental thing... well maybe...

I would probably put a new trans in it. Maybe if local law permits... super charge the 4.0L. Then go through the truck chassis and brakes... repair all the small stuff it needs. Put a good shine on it... give it qa good detail and enjoy it.

Doing whatever you can yourself will save money...
 

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I see you are in California. How are you going to get your paperwork on it with a v8 swap? They certainly will not pass it with a engine swap, unless you put in the CARB certified LS engine setup.
Unless something has changed recently, the Explorer 5.0 swap should be just fine.
 

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Unless something has changed recently, the Explorer 5.0 swap should be just fine.
I agree although I don't know the laws out there. Get all the parts from a California compliant V8 Explorer. $10k Is probably reasonable.
 

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Unless something has changed recently, the Explorer 5.0 swap should be just fine.
I know you consider the Explorer and the ranger pickups the same thing but they may not. If they did approve of that, how many choices would he have for a donor? It would have to be 1999 or higher correct? How many years did they make the 5.0 explorer?
 

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Just look in the Calif. auto/truck traders and you will find Calif V8 Rangers, smogged, titled and registered
Then you can spend what you want making it into YOUR Ranger
 
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I know you consider the Explorer and the ranger pickups the same thing but they may not. If they did approve of that, how many choices would he have for a donor? It would have to be 1999 or higher correct? How many years did they make the 5.0 explorer?
5.0 exploders and mountaineers were 96-01
 

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My 1999 Ranger 4.0 has a leaky transmission, and over 200k miles on it. I have some funds to buy a different car, but I'm pretty sentimental about this one.

I was quoted $10k for a V8 swap as a starting point, but I don't know exactly what the quote entails. Also, I don't know what other work needs to be done for road worthiness.

Am I at least in the ballpark of what it would cost for a mechanic to do the swap? Any advice on how to proceed?

Thanks!
Look up svt on here, Rick.. talk to him.
 

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So he would have 3 years to pick from? One of the rules are same year or newer swap correct?
No, he has 46 other states to choose from.
 


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