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Old 10-19-2002, 05:08 PM
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Dear hotrodders,
My name is Collin and I am currently building a 1969 Mach-1 "Street Rod" with a bored/stroked 460 power plant. But it's my future tow vehicle that I am writing you about. I have a 1986 Bronco II that has almost 178,000 miles on the original engine. It needs new fuel injectors in more than one piston and has just had the transmission replaced (used part).
I would like to place a 351 Windsor or Cleavlend ( I can't decide on how much I want to spend) depending on my nastalgia and enthusiasm. I am curious if I will need speacialty parts to afford the engine room in the well or if I am S.O.L. because no one has ever been nutty enough to try a stunt like this. The current engine is the V-6 fuel injected 2.9 liter with factory air conditioning. I would like to keep the A.C. because I live in Arizona. It has an auto trans and I don't want to go to manual, and it is a 4x4 with on the fly transfer.
I am most curious to find out if this fit is possible, are there significant modifications necessary to bring the power train and engine together, what, if any special parts I may need, and do you know a shop here in Phoenix, Arizona (Lopers?) that might quote me a price for the work? I do not have the time to do this retro-fit on my own.
I know that is a full plate, thank you for any assistance you can provide.

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Old 10-19-2002, 09:57 PM
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hey man, sorry to tell you but you would have to do some major modifications to fit that in there. I have an 84 bronco2 with a 2.8 liter and was looking into putting a 5.0 in there. There is a book that tells all about it and you have to do pretty extensive mods to fit that in there. A bigger 351 or even more big 351c is, in my opinion, out of the question if you want it to be practical. Those have to be the smallest engine compartments ever. a 347 would be really cool though.
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Old 10-19-2002, 10:10 PM
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Dude - ditch the BII and get a full size Bronco.
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If you punch up 302 Ranger or similar in your search engine, there's a website that gives all the grit on what is neccesary to help you make your decision (the tranny will have to go for sure). Because of the short wheelbase I'm inclined to say the same as the prior post,I think you'd have your hands full towing with it.

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Old 10-21-2002, 09:29 PM
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I have a 90 ranger and wanted to put a 302 in to it. Your best luck (and fit) would be the 5.0L Why? because the 351 is really way too wide and you would have problems with the stearing box. Because it is 4x4 you would have to go with a adapter company (there are plenty out there) that has an adapter to put on the back of a C-4. All this is pretty tough work and will take you quite a bit of time. My opinion is sell the bronco 2 and get a ranger and do it right. buy an 85 ranger with an extended cab and it must have the 4x4 then put a 5.0L into it and it will tow much better. The thing that i didn't like in my bronco was that it was top heavy and didn't pull very good.
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Old 10-28-2002, 04:19 PM
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I foundthe printout from the V8 swap site and this is the link


http://members.aol.com/tocool4u26/ranger.htm#V8_conversion

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