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Old 06-05-2018, 04:01 PM   #1
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Has anyone grafted Ranger doors and the back of a cab to an Explorer? I am looking at the excellent description of how to put the Explorer engine into the Ranger but wonder if it would be easier to cut and weld the Ranger cab to the Explorer windshield and floor pan? I haven't checked the wheelbase for compatibility because honestly I'm lazy and hoping to get answers from somebody that has looked at it the same way. I have no problem doing the conversion as it has been described on this forum. My (CA) state laws require a "referee"( smog) inspect it and add a specialty tag. I'm sure the state will want higher license fees too as their form ( required for the "engine change") asks costs of the donor engine and all labor involved. If I convert the existing Explorer , I am only doing "body customizing" that doesn't need the form/inspection/additional money-hassle.
Hopefully the doors interchange , I can graft on the back half of a Ranger cab and bolt on a Ranger bed. '98 Ranger to 98 Explorer.
THANK YOU in advance!!! I'm not a newbie except on this site and appreciate anything anyone has to offer on the subject.
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Old 06-05-2018, 08:32 PM   #2
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I don't know of anyone who has gone thru that.

I do know the Explorer frame is several inches wider than a Ranger frame for installing a shortened bed.
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The Ranger and Explorer body lines are also completely different.
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Thank you! Before I dove into it I was hoping someone else could save me the effort / grief. Looks like you have.
Much appreciated. Back to the engine swap. Cut and dried.
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Thank you! Before I dove into it I was hoping someone else could save me the effort / grief. Looks like you have.
Much appreciated. Back to the engine swap. Cut and dried.
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Good lord! At least that monstrosity is where it belongs.
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Good lord! At least that monstrosity is where it belongs.
I thought it was too original to let slip quietly off to the crusher without being preserved in pictures.

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if you can weld sheet metal it would be pretty easy

the doors use the same hinge as the ranger and are spaced the same, so the ranger door will bolt to the explorer B-pillar, then you could run a a ranger clip 93+ to match the doors, and then it would just be welding in the back wall and back door frame.


as for the bed or another option

http://www.thewebwheeler.com/forums/...ead.php?t=2920

Chester is where you want to look....
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