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Old 12-06-2005, 10:02 AM
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ford ranger engine swap

i have a 88 ford ranger with a shot 4 banger in it and i have a chevy 350 and trans sitting in my shed having a wild hair and thinking of dropping the 350 in the ranger where can i find all the info i need to pull this off, has anybody down this? thanks

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it's been done with 302 Fords....but it is major surgery (like no heater-AC) for the Ranger and suspension work and up grade the rear

the real beeetch is you end up with about a 70/30 weight distribution

? trade the blown Ranger for full size Chevy with a blown motor?

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ranger chevy swap

I havent personally done this swap but have seen a couple locally. The chevy fits much better than the 302 ford. Those ford oil pans are a real PITA when it comes to front crossmember clearance. the chevy is a better engine anyway
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A near bolt in. the only major construction is motor mounts. The stock trans mount can be modified to work. Any yes it fits better than a 302 Ford.
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re. chevy ranger

if i can get pics on those motor mounts i can fab some, shouldnt be to hard to do. ill be looking foward to this prodject come next spring sine its only 11deg. outside now here in kansas. if there is any info on what and how, will be greatly welcomed, thanks everybody.
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fits better????

a 302 and 350 are both 22" across the valve covers

If the 350 has a short water pump it is approx 2" shorter than a 302, (long pump it is longer than a 302), measuring from the rear block face

measure from the intake rear (350 dist clearance) it is 1/2" shorter with a short pump

either fits with about the same amount of aggrevation

at 575 lbs., the 350 =70/30 weight distribution ?

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You might want to take into consideration that the Ford has a front mount distributor and the Chevy is in the rear, which is nice and close to the firewall. The Ford also is about 100 pound lighter than the Chevy, but you can lose some fat from that Chevy by bolting on aluminum engine parts.
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