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Old 02-19-2003, 03:30 PM
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Cool Ford Ranger V8 Conversion

Well,I've decided since the Pontiac GTO's are too expensive..I'll set my sight on doing a Ranger V8 Conversion .Now for the plans.Everyone let me know how this sounds...

1989-1992 Ford Ranger 2WD

Ford 302 Engine:
.030 Bore/'70's Block Non-Roller
10:1 Flattops
Stock Crank
Mild Cam
Warmed Over Heads
Cerama-Coated Ranger V8 Headers
Duraspark Ignition (If I can find one )
Holley 650cfm 'Double Pumper' Carb
Edelbrock Performer RPM Intake
Stock Damper
Stock Flexplate
Chain Drive Timing Kit
All Stainless Hoses (Radiator Hoses,etc.)
Dual Sump Oil Pan (Maybe Rear Sump lol )
Flowmaster 30 Series Split Exhaust
High Volume Oil Pump
Autometer Gauges

C4 Transmission:
B&M Shift Kit or Transpak??
C4 Servo Kit
What Stall Converter??

8.8" Differential:
Posi-Locking Unit
3.55 Gears

Body:
4 Disc Brakes
3" Body Lift (For Engine Clearance)
2" Front/3" Rear Lowering Kit ( )
Weld Rodlite 15x6 Front/15x10 Rear Rims
BF Goodrich T/A Tires
Black Paint Job
Running Boards
Steel Rollpan
Tinted Windows
Rear Window 'American Flag' PVC Decal
ARP Fiberglass Locking Bed Cover w/ Chrome Rails
Sercurity System ( Leave It Alone!)

Interior:
JVC CD Player w/ 12 Disc Changer
2 12" Subwoofers Behind The Seat
2 10" Polks Behind The Seat
2 6x9" Polks In The Kick Panel

How does this sound to you guys?I've got a few sketches and it looks pretty good to me.I've even got those bigger meats in the back for OCCASIONAL burnouts .Anyway,let me know how it sounds!

Questions:
Do I Need A B&M Shift Kit or Transpak?
What Stall Converter Do I Need?
Will A C4 From A '71 351W Mustang Work w/ My 302?

Thanx!
Izzy

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Old 02-19-2003, 04:38 PM
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[quote] 2 12" Subwoofers Behind The Seat
2 10" Polks Behind The Seat <hr></blockquote>

Mixing sub sizes at the same frequency isn't good. Have the 12's at a lower frequency setting and have the 10's at a higher frequency setting. Example: 12's 30-80 hz.....10's 30-120 hz...Steve
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Oops..I meant Polk 'Regular Speakers' lol.I know that doesn't make alot of sense.I don't know exactly what they're called,but they're not woofers.I don't know if they'd be horns,tweeters,etc.I have no earthly.I was going to talk to Circuit City about that one.

What size and what amp do you reccomend?

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I think on the Ranger the front and back speaers are both 5x7's....But you can stick some 6 1/2 Mid-basses in the back, just get some baffles for behind 'em.They might make kick panels for the Ranger too so doors and kick panels should be good for the front people(not like theres room for anyone in the back) For the power it really depends. When I had the system in my car, I had a pair of Kenwood Tornados that peaked at 600 and RMS at 150. I had a Rockford Fosgate Punch 160 for each sub. It made a max of 280 acording to the spec sheets. I could've killed the subs with 'em but you really need to match actual power of an amp(most companies lie) and the RMS of a sub. Steve
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Thanks for the Advice Steve.I'll keep that in mind .

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Izzy;

Sounds cool, but I could find a reeeally nice goat for the money you're gonna have in that little pick me up.
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i would go with a stock converter.

if you have stock tires 3.55s would be good. but if you have anything over like 27 or 28 inches i might go with 3.73s to help get going. most trucks come with 3.73s from the factory.

is this going to be a for fun truck or a daily driver?????

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Probably end up being a daily driver.At least until the break in is finished on the engine anyway.Maybe just a weekend driver after that.

The GTO has really slipped off my mind.Full Coverage on this Ranger is not going to cover everything that I'm going to have in it but oh well,people that buy new cars basically throw $2500 out the window when they drive off the lot.I would at least like to get 50,000 on it before I get in a bang-up.But,I've only had 1 wreck in my life and it wasn't my fault.But there's always a second time.

The rear's will probably end up being 15x10's.I'm going to order them from Jeg's,and they told me that if I wasn't satisfied because they stuck out of my fenders,I could send them back and get some 15x8's.So do you think that the 3.73's would be better?

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Use a 1970-72 302 block, the rest of the 70's 302 blocks suck, use a standard volume oil pump, and get a pair of pre 1966 289 heads. The rest of your combo sounds good good good, I give it 2 thumbs up.
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15x8 and 15x10 are the rim size, it doesnt make a difference in gear ratio. Figure out what tire size you are going to get before you choose your gear ratio. The taller the tire, the more its going to feel like a high ratio. This is why a lot of honda people put short tires on the front of their cars when they race...its like getting a lower ratio similar to changing from 3.55s to 3.73s.

My brother has 4.56s on his bronco II with 33 inch tires. He says its geared the same as when it came form the factory with 3.73s and...i think... 27 inch tires. Basically, the taller tire you get, the lower gear ratio you need. Although you could just buy a really low gearset like say 4.56s or 4.11s and put stock sized 27 inch tires on it, it will be annoying to drive on the highway without overdrive....just something to think about
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3.50:1 works with a v-8 and 33's but no bigger. howevah, passing on the goat is your first mistake
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V8 Ranger Motor Mount A/Q ?

Hi Everyone, November 16th 2003

I have an '83 Ranger 2WD with a 2" suspension lift consisting of Airlift bags inside 2" HD Comp Coils with Competition shocks.
I don't have any body lift. I run 15" 225s . I am having problems with motor mounts on the 302 that has been sitting in the engine
compartment on my ranger now for the past two months...still not mounted. I can not seem to clear the crossmember with the oil pans small sump in the front. I have attempted to make several sets and have tried other v8 mounts from various similar
setups. I have yet to purchase any of the swap mounts made specifically by the swap companies due to the misrepresentations I have read in most of the reviews. The back side of the front part of my oil pan hits the front of my crossmember and I cant' seem to get the proper locating position. The engine seems high and I cant' see it going far enough back to get in the tranny area without the front part of the pan sitting directly on top of the crossmember. Hey guys, I'm not a mechanic, & I could sure use your help in this area. What am I not doing right ? I Need your help.....please Robin ...... rmholy@vicec.org
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Suspension

Everything looks good but makes sure your get your suspension right, I have a friend that built a late model s-10 with a small block 350 built to race in the prostock and the truck was the burnout machine, but i hooked up when it wanted to. It got a couple good runs, but i would highley suggest looking into all posibilities for evry type of suspension you can get in the rear end and possiably add some lead if you have too.

The truck will take you for a ride the way your building it, good luck.
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