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Will a 3.8 v6 bolt up to a m5r1 transmission in a 99 ranger.


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I have a 99 ranger 2.5 manual and an 02 mustang 3.8 automatic. I would like to put the 3.8 in the ranger. Will the 3.8 bolt up to the m5r1 manual transmission? I know I will need a flywheel and clutch.
 


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No, the 3.8 has the same bolt pattern as the 5.0, so the 2.5 manual won't bolt up

However, the 3.8 will bolt up to the m5r2 as found in F-150s (once you have included the required flywheel and clutch) .
 

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there are 2 different bell housing patterns for the 3.8
small block, & FWD
the FWD is the same as a 3.0 Vulcan

neither match the 2.5
 

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there are 2 different bell housing patterns for the 3.8
small block, & FWD
the FWD is the same as a 3.0 Vulcan

neither match the 2.5
But does the FWD 3.8 bolt into longitudinal mount? At least the RWD version bolts in like an Explorer V-8.
 

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good question.
I had a 3.8 block from a '95 taurus and tested the bell housing.
don't remember what the motor mounts looked like, and disposed of that block a few years ago.

EDIT: found info that says they are different

and... there are 10 different 3.8 blocks
 
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Amd tou can always make a mount to fit
 

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