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what is stopping me from doing the swap is the electrical. i know that is the part that stops most including me because its a nightmare. may have to keep a eye on this. hopefully you will include how that part is done.
correct me if i am wrong, for a 4406 case, on a ranger do you not have to notch the frame for it to fit?
There are some interesting obstacles to overcome when working with the 2007 ranger platform, but I like to think if it came from the factory with a sohc and a 5r auto trans then I can make it come with a 96-01 302 V8 and 4r70w.
All the wiring to do this takes place at the old C-115 (ranger dudes call it C-112 I believe) 42 pin wiring connector under the hood. On a 07 this has been replaced with some funky new style connectors.
The 07 Ranger already has a stand alone 4x4 control module (the motorolla box) which will shift the 4406 electric t case just like if it was still the 1354e
I have fit 4406 t cases into Gen II explorers and rangers before, this will be my first IFS ranger with the e shift case. I have done several rangers and explorers using the manual shift 4406.
I have been a part of many of these conversion
I can even wire the motorolla box into a pinto if I needed too... I can add pats to a Gen I ranger if needed, we have many tricks up our sleeves.......
The 4406 case should physically fit the 98-11 Ranger frame just fine, the only area of concern is the shift motor to fuel tank clearance.....The plastic fuel tank in this ranger is set way back away from the v6 t case, if I have to modify the front bracket and make room for the t case shift motor I will chop/cut/weld as needed.
I picked up a 4406 e from a 97 F150 along with the front D shaft.
Some of the NEW challenges are (Keep in mind I have done 83-2003 Ranger 5.0 conversions in the past, v6 conversions, broncos, explorers sport tracs, I converted my 88 BII to full OBD2 V8 back in 2005, recently I even stripped down a 97 explorer dirvetrain and power distribution wiring harness and stuffed it all into the drivers kick panel of a 1940 Ford F1, I love a good challenge. ):
1. Return less fuel line plumbing, the 07 ranger fuel line comes up the spine of the transmission. I can build fuel line(s) as needed. The 97.5 PCM does not care if your fuel rail is return or returnless. I will run returnless on this gt40p. 07 Ranger should have a fuel pump driver module, it will need to be bypassed for my use.
2. Explorer PCM and drivetrain harness do not contain a required wire for the 4x4 shift controller, there is a NSS wire that must be added to the DTRS and run to the trucks 4x4 control module
3. Instrument cluster interface, The only real systems I need to work for me here are the speedometer, tach, water and oil pressure, battery light...the rest of it stays with the truck.
I can use the sohc coolant and oil pressure switches, the tach signal I can modify if needed or move a wire, use guts from 98 cluster, whatever is needed to get the factory 07 tach working I am sure I can sort out. Others have gone before me there are multiple 04+ sport tracs and Rangers that have been wired to accept the 5.0 drivetrain, information is power.
4. VSS issues, the 07 5r55e has a second OSS speed sensor, the 98 Explorer 5.0 harness does not, this may confuse the 98 pcm and or the 07 ranger instrument cluster, dakota digital makes a nice interface for $85 that can fix some of these VSS/ISS/OSS signal issues easily.
My 97.5 pcm is expecting to see a VSS mounted in the tailhousing of the T case, the 97 4406e came with one. I can use a 97.5 or 98 PCM for this build, I have both here. I am leaning towards the 97.5 for the simplicity, skip the pats installation and maybe able to keep his 07 keys in the steering column.
5. PCM pocket, the space in the 07 firewall for the PCM is a completely different shape /size etc. I may have to modify it or re locate the 97.5 pcm
6. The EATC or Electronic Automatic Temperature Controller into a Ranger has been covered 100 times. I have a donor explorer or two to grab parts from
7. The keyless entry into the drivers door has also been done and covered, nothing we cannot handle here
8. The 2014 Edge seats are power and heated, need a nice big power feed, 60 amp in the factory power dist box with dedicated relay, should do it. I have to hack their bases apart to fit the ranger floor pan. I will need to wire up some switches to control the heaters....
What else do we need to overcome?
Some obstacles yes, but I am not sure I see the problem?
I am not saying this to be cocky either, I mean it, any others I am missing?
I am here to learn too!
07 Ranger Wiring book is on it's way........
I may need to get 14 edge book too for these seats (I recently put 08 Navigator heated and cooled seats in my 97 F350 crew )
Ranger is done being stripped, I would do the suspension too but i need her rolling for a little while longer. It is time to bring the donor drivetrain into the shop and strip it down. The engine is being stripped to the long block and built back up with all new gaskets and many new parts, cam, valve springs, etc..... donor is a 99 Explorer limited with 104K on it (T boned a tree with the drivers door??). Wiring harness and PCM will be from a 97.5 explorer (140K has AWD issues). EATC and other parts will come from the 99 eddie outside ( 99 eddie drivetrain is already going into a 03 sport trac in Bay 2, my step son's project we are working side by side.)
07 strip down to be built back up:
Now I can change the blend door actuator to electronic group LOL
Very rare Mountaineer Premier badge: thinking about it?!?!
Maybe perform a complete ABS delete on this truck
Next step power wash, de-grease,. detail the engine bay! good time to back flush the heater core
1997 Ford F150 4.6L BW 4406e will get new seals and use 07 shift motor:
Wiring plugs that interface the truck to the drivetrain in 2007. All wires to connect truck to engine and transmission pass through here
03 Sport trac one bay over:
Uses very similar wiring harness / power dist box, but still has old style 42 pin C115 (c112) plug. I know the new 07 plugs will contain all of the same wires, because I know where they all go on the sohc and 5r trans
Example, this is the 03 trac power dist box and PCM wiring plug C115 (where the magic happens) Looks ALOT like the 07 harness, just with diff connectors...
Last edited on Wed Aug 7th, 2019 10:52 pm by 410customs
I build custom RBV, specializing in drivetrain conversions, wiring, suspension and complete custom trucks