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Occupation: Elevator Design Worlds Tallest Buildings
Interests: Ranger Based Vehicles and OFFROAD
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Yes its true, we are doing another 5.0 build! Well 306 actually.......so a 5.01444 liter conversion
So this Ranger has had a good life. One owner since new (about 3 miles I believe it had when purchased) and VERY WELL CARED FOR. This truck is VERY loved!! This is obvious with the amount of PIO (pride in ownership) shows through when looking over this truck. She's been babied!!
The v6 drivetrain made it all the way to 301K miles before it was driven into my shop for some changes.
This truck belongs to a real car dude, who has always wanted to build a v8 ranger, so much so that he had already collected some really nice parts! As with most of us it can be hard to find the time to do the conversion. That is where I come in. So an agreement was struck, the truck was delivered to the shop, we had quite an adventure! More on that later
Here she is in all her glory a 2000 Ranger with 301K and some tasty upgrades! Started life as a OHV 4.0 and 5r55e auto push button 4x4 Ranger. Superlift, BTF UCA, rear air bags, tasty body upgrades like 02 front clip, 06 mirrors and tails, etc...
Drove her into the shop, the 5r55e transmission has seen better days, the pushrod 4.0 is down on power for sure....with 301,000 miles on the odometer it is time.....time for a 306!!
Truck was delivered to me with some seriously nice parts ready to go in; Jasper re manufactured gt40 306, Completely rebuilt 4r70w auto trans, low mile 4406e t case, all new Amsoil fluids, explorer 8.8 rear axle, tons of new parts and more.
306 with Torque Monster Headers
fresh shiny 4r70w auto
4406 e shift t case
disc brake 31 spline 8.8 rear (re geared to 4.10 to match front) using new R&P
Owner prefers stock looking engine bay/conversion
Quick turnaround time, turn key conversion
The 300K 4.0 is already out, the engine I am keeping and plan to rebuild for another project. The 5r trans is a core and will be dropped off with Brett in Colorado (Brett gets all my cores)
Engine bay has been prepped and cleaned up. New engine mounts will be installed, new transmission mount, new trans and torque converter, then the TMH fitted to the new 306 and finally will be dropped in the bay.
We are waiting for the Torque Monster headers to arrive, they will ship in two weeks (from Aug 01) according to Robert of TMH.
This conversion, like most, has been in the works for some time. The owner is from the Seattle area and we have been coordinating for months. He is able to turn wrenches and do this v8 swap on his own, but cannot find the time to do so. So I volunteered to help, for a small fee of course. I better be good at this because this guy is as meticulous as I am!
I have lots of help on this build, things are a bit crazy in the shop right now with the 2007 Ranger being built and a 1100 sq ft addition being built on my house....so nice to have some help from my stepsons James and Jerry and my neighbor Sean. Sean is building the house addition as the rest of us focus on the trucks.
So now on to the pictures!!
I build custom RBV, specializing in drivetrain conversions, wiring, suspension and complete custom trucks