September 9, 2004i have done several motor swaps of the same make. but i have been doin alot of thinking about my rangers gutless 2.9 and i want to swap it out for a 4.3 vortec. im sure this is gonna be alot of work, but im hoping someone out there can help me a bit. if you have any info tips, prices what ever write me back. zimz
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September 9, 2004is this truck going to be strictly off road? Its not going to be easy, but it's possible. I would think it would be easier to transplant the Ford 4.0 in to it. This would make the room for the chosen tranny and ensure the ease of a factory driveshaft.
Besides the obvious things keep in mind the Vortec motors require more fuel pressure than most fuel pumps will supply.
September 9, 2004Gutless huh? My dad's RCLB 4x Ranger has no problem moving out on 30x9.5s. 2.9 -> 4.0 is basically a bolt in swap. 2.9 -> 4.3...might as well just sell the Ranger and buy a S10.
September 9, 2004ummm...I think my Honda Rancher would turn 30x9.50's if I could find some to fit on it...and a lift...
I agree, go w/ the 4.0 or just buy a sten.
September 10, 2004well after looking into the vortec swap and requarding your replys i have decided to go with the 4.0 L but i might need to spruce it up a bit. my truck is not totally for offroad yet, but im i the market of gettin my 79 El Camino road ready again. i have a 350 i swaped from a beat up 68 camaro. i rebuilt it and it cranks out teh juice. thanx for all your help, i look foward to posting more
September 11, 2004you are fairly local to me if you are in Surrey
there is, or was a couple weeks ago, a 4x4 Ranger at TLE in Mission getting a nice 5.0/manual tranny conversion.
I wouldnt waste too much effort on a 4.0