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1998 Extended cab 4x4 a very clean truck - another 5.0 conversion!!
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Picked up another build, super score but it was a 3.5 hour tow!! 
This 98 is CLEAN 2 owner very well cared for until it swallowed all of its coolant
Looks like a botched engine rebuild/head job only lasted a few years
4.0 had water up to the throttle body! Holy crap that is alot of coolant/water in the engine
Even the air filter was soaked
This engine has been out before, the heads are not stock
Transmission has also been out, trans is good rebuild
Regardless I just happen to have a 5.0 drivetrain sitting around so
Here goes another 302 swap!

Plan is stock low mile 302/4r70w with full tune up, disc brake 8.8 in the rear, 4406e or manual t case, some tasteful updates along the way, and build this 98 up to sell.
On to the pics!!

Shop cats are first to inspect, no mice in our trucks








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I think 98 is my favorite year. Take a close up of the tow hooks, I like the 98 tow hooks better than the J hooks. They just look heavier than all the other years.

I used to like 2000 the best but I'm quickly falling out of love.

Notice the lack of RCM in the floor. I am trying to duplicate that look on my 2000



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Jim, what is the difference in the tow hooks?.



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I can duplicate that look for you LOL we can reverse engineer the 2000 to be older you know before the RCM SDARS ACM and all that crap that is throwing me for a wiring loop on this 07 project. I am looking at Can bus converters or possibly using a 4.6 pcm to run this 5.0 so I can keep the 05+ can bus system yikes!!

Ill get some pics of the tow hooks.
I do love the 98-99 rangers if you ditch the   hubs



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Jim, what is the difference in the tow hooks?.
Mike, they are flat on top and bottom,they look beefier than all the others. 99 was round, 2000 was round, never looked at a 97 but out of the 3 98's I have seen up close they had different hooks.



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no tow hooks on this 98 likely due to the 3" body lift sucks You had me looking for them yesterday
We will have to see about adding some!



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Jamie, do you need a set of tow hooks?. I have the ones I took off my 2000 when I put on the ones from a FX4.



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Maybe! I have some in my collection....however my collection is a disaster since the big move North...so let me get back to you on that!

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project 98 is moving along a bit now
drivetrain donor came into the shop to give up its engine and trans
engine was stripped down so it can be re sealed and tuned up






Back outside, goes on trailer to give up its axles and front suspension components so we can delete the ranger vacuum hubs

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here we go
truck is getting some attention
first we tore the engine down and re sealed it with new Fel pro gaskets. I was happy to find the "sealed power" engine gasket kit sold to me on Rockauto when delivered was the Fel pro blue gasket set I prefer to install on these 5.0.
This engine came from a 97 eddie with 169K strong runner. The timing cover and water pump had been replaced prior, when they did the repair they tore the front main seal and it had an oil leak for who knows how long.This drivetrain required lots of cleaning but all the bolts came with little effort. Truck ran like a top, no codes, I drove it into the shop. 
The AWD t case was fubar, the trans was questionable weird shift 2-3, will be used as a core. 
I have a good 4t70w from my collection with only 15K on it since rebuild, so we are using that. 
I found a 97 F150 parting out locally and sourced the good t case and front driveshaft from craigslist

Gaskets were done, engine completely  re sealed and tuned up lots of new parts
All bolts and holes threads chased on the engine. I tossed the 97 explorer exhaust manifolds and oil cooler in the trash. For this build we are using 2001 5.0 manifolds with new gaskets and a 99 explorer oil filter mount, fuel rail and injectors. Also using the 97 eddie bauer PCM
4r70w was drained and cleaned, new rear main seal installed. Trans stabbed and 4406e shift t case from a 97 F150 installed. 98 Ranger t  case shift motor used.

Headed to the junk yard today to get some parts we need like the 98-01 style oil filter mount

The v8 conversion is moving forward quickly now that fall chores are done (firewood, winterize, prep for snow, re arranged entire shop, built huge storage shelves, etc etc)
Should be running in next few days, we will be sourcing rear d shaft and building the exhaust.

Pics!!
this 98 cleans up SO NICELY, started working the paint with a cleaner wax to remove oxidation...so far so good! Well kept 98

Oh and I got a new parts washer!! HOORAY!! Needed a good one for so many years now.....







outside for a wash


42 degrees out plenty warm to clean engine bay, right?


clean bay


swapped v8 power steering line and throttle cable
v8 starter harness and trans lines installed engine dropped in place



trans cleaned and drained




4406e with speed sensor from 97 F150


Cats approve the new V8

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Love it 280 catpower V8!!! Or ford hellcat. Lol

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hellcat! love it shes even orange
These two are responsible for keeping field mice and voles away from your truck, meet cheeto and luna (named by the kids)
They do an awesome job
My bii parks in the shop also we are all mice free
If/when mice get into any of our trucks here I park the vehicle in the shop with the doors open for a night or two
mouse issue resolved

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this ranger should be running tomorrow if all goes well....
your holley TERMINATOR PCM is officially on order!!

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this ranger should be running tomorrow if all goes well....
your holley TERMINATOR PCM is officially on order!!

Oh boy!!! I hope john Conner doesnt come back in time and blow up the truck.



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Would it be worth getting the same 4406e like you did for this truck, but for my build even tho I got vss in the tailshaft of the trans?



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only the 96-97.5 5.0 computer needs a vss in the tailhousing
The 98+ PCM'S (with pats) do not need the tailhousing vss
This 98 ranger did not have a vss in the tailhousing
It is my 97 5.0 computer that is expecting to see it

My donor for this truck was a early 97, no pats and it needs the VSS signal. So the 4406 with vss is what I needed I was lucky to find a good working one locally

The 4406e was used until at least 2014, the last year of the 4.6 triton was still using the 4406 t case
The ranger t case shift motor bolts up to it like stock

This 98 ranger was ESOF 4x4 so we opted to keep it
Otherwise I would have installed a manual shift 4406
I have 4ea 4406 t cases in the shop right now, spoiled. 
In the past I have added the vss to transfer cases that did not have it before.

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and now for something completely different (ala monty python)
The wiring!
easy easy when you have done this a bunch before and it all starts to make sense
So for our conversion here we have a 98 truck getting a 97 explorer 5.0 drivetrain. The 98+ ranger is returnless fuel rail and uses a starter relay in the power box. The 97 sploder still used a fender mounted starter relay. The ranger v6 has the alternator voltage regulator power and dash battery light feeds coming through the 42 pin c112 (c115 for explorer dudes) connector. The 5.0 explorers have a separate harness for the alternator. So it is my job to combine the two. Here is how it is done.
First we use the 5.0 starter and battery wiring harness, it just makes things easier then trying to modify the v6 starter wiring since the v6 starter is on the wrong side of the engine LOL

First up, look ma a V8!


Note to self, rear post is alternator feed, front post is battery terminal


Whats left of the V6 starter harness and whats removed from the v8 starter / alternator harness:


5.0 Alternator wires (yellow/white and green/red) are re routed to the 42 pin connector. Pin 41 is the green / red battery light from instrument cluster, pin 42 is the voltage regulator power dist feed.


Next


from the 98 Ranger we have this square plug on the drivers fender apron (blue square). 
This plug contains the AC compressor clutch wiring and AC high pressure switch (green box). 
Also contains the yellow/white "starter go" feed from ignition/power dist box starter relay. (red box)
The battery power terminal feed to power dist box comes up from the explorer 5.0 harness. (orange box) and the power charging cable from the alternator comes from the 5.0 harness (orange box)
The Explorer starter relay wiring is cut apart and separated, one feed goes to starter wire (small red wire in red box)) and the large red wire goes to power dist box (large red wire in orange box)

Simple right?
Now time to solder the connections, wrap the whole deal up, route it properly and the wiring for this conversion is DONE

First I need to add a female pin to the green/red alternator wire so it can become pin 41 on the engine side. Also have to drill a new hole so the pin can be inserted (explorer side had no pin 41)
The yellow alternator wire is wrapped into pin 42, the black with white power dist feed


drilling new spot for pin 41

done






Here you can see the explorer starter harness wires cut separate and trimmed down a bit to fit the power dist box lug





red starter signal wire to 5.0 starter soldered to yellow/white ranger v6 starter signal wire

Ac wiring stays with the truck and plugs right into the 5.0 compressor clutch and high pressure switch

That's it folks, that's all the wiring needed here, one of the EASIEST conversions there is, 99% plug and play

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Now time for some simple mods to make this thing think it was a 302 from the factory

the 97 F150 front driveshaft works perfectly with our 4406e t case and ranger front diff as long as we install a 1310 to 1330 conversion U joint
Spicer part 5-134x, Oreillys actually keeps these in stock!


The airbox mount for the 5.0 is slightly longer, so we simply drill out the v6 plate


V6 vacuum ball is mounted where the vacuum hubs controls used to reside:


engine is dressed with front accessories, all plumbing routed. All parts cleaned and prepped before install
You can see all the wiring we did earlier is loomed and routed


Finally the UIM is installed, EGR is plumbed, all vacuum and intake hoses installed and routed


My neighbor and business partner took the liberty to sand blast and paint the intake plate, it came out stellar!!

today we tackle the exhaust and measure for rear driveshaft. This conversion is pretty much done. 
Finally when parts arrive, we will tackle the front end work, this thing is getting explorer bits to delete the vacuum hubs. 
We will install new ball joints, brakes and sway bar links to go with it. 
Then we dismantle the interior for a full detail (carpet steam clean) and find some nice new 33" tires. 
Truck will be for sale in the next week or so which is good because its time for me to move onto the 07 project
We also have a 98 Ranger going from 3.0 to 4.0 here and a 02 Sport trac getting a 5.0
Always something going on here at 410Customs :)

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Very nice!!! First time I've seen anyone cover the 98 plug n play swap in such detail. Thank you!!!



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Hey I do what I can with what I got :)
Engine is all buttoned up, took a bit extra because when I went to hookup the fuel evap canister line it was full of water!!! FUN FUN. Remember the 4.0 in this ranger was full of water up to the throttle body. The kid must have been having some fun in a puddle until the engine hydrolocked.

Oh well............ V8 now. 
We took the time to remove some fuel lines and check for water, luckily it never went past the casnister purge solenoid. She is all hooked up now, the plumbing and vacuum are done. The fuel pump is delivering fresh clean fuel to the engine now and we are just about to fire her up . Engine bay buttoned up with new packard wires bosch air filter, cleaned MAS, plumbed vacuum and EVAP lines.





Ready for the battery and fluids


First things first, had to finish servicing the transmission with a new Motorcraft filter ad flush the coolers and lines with a can of Kooler Klean. Parts washer is so nice to have makes short work of cleaning the pan.
We let the trans drain from the converter and the pan with filter removed for a couple of days. This transmission was also drained two years ago when I got it. So it should take about a full 12-14 quarts of Mercon 
V, the more of the "old fluid" we can get out now the better!

had to sticker it up as soon as it landed in its new spot






Now to build some exhaust and measure for new rear driveshaft
more pics coming!

All ready for winter around here, so far not much snow


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