Cheby in a Ranger

Junior

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Has any of you guys put a small block chevy motor in a Ranger? No ford vs cheby smack here please. I have a very nice cheby powerplant complete with TH350 trany I would like to stuff into my 1987 Ranger if it ain't too much of a headache. Can anyone direct me to someone who has done it? How about pics of one that has been done? Thanks guys!




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Sorry for the lack of info.....duh. 1987 Ranger 4x2 extended cab. Full front glass bent beams, hoops with coil bucket dual foxes etc.


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you would need to make new motor mounts, need the entire wiring harness/brain ECM for the engine management, and probably need to fab up a mount for the trans as well. Luckily your not in CA as you would a motor of same or newer vintage as the truck its going into. Im unsure if the I beams would need to be modded for the oil pan to clear?

Might want to look up Advance Adapters and see what they have to say. Most of them I have seen have been For-Ford, John Swift had a 351W in his 1987 Ranger X cab. It can be done.

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One challenge is the distributor on the chevy is mounted in the back and is almost impossible to get out without pulling the motor when crammed into a small ford ranger. The motor is tight in Gary's Ranger, but it does fit. His one major expense was custom headers and exhaust, because he could not find anything stock that fit. The other question is why ruin a perfectly good Ford :) ?

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I have put the motor in, after the new mounts were made, and it fits decent. Not as easy as a 70's Landcruiser, but easier than an s-10. One way around the distributor issue is to go to a OBDII system from a LT-1 camaro or Vette. They have coil paks, and spark from the ECM. It is expensive, but otherwise you'll be cutting the firewall for room. For headers, Dawson's in Nuevo,CA is a custom guy, does awesome work. Nice thick flanges for good sealing. Call Advanced Adapters in Downey for the mounts.

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It appears as though AA has conversion stuff for Ford V8's into Rangers only. Since I hail from Yuma, AZ the type of motor, exhaust, emissions etc are no problem! I have a very nice ZZ4 motor in my JEEP that I want to punch into this Ranger. I am getting tired of this gutless 2.9 and 5 speed. I think a motor with over 400 horses would wake this thing up!

Motor mounts, and trany mount are a given, I was looking for insight as to clearance for things such as the oil pan, A/C condensor housing, firewall and the like. I am figgering about 175 more lbs for the small block compared to the 2.9 V6, is this about right?

BTW, what do you guys think I should ask for the newly rebuilt 2.9 complete with harness etc and the 5 speed?

Se Vende!


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