SHO Ranger - are there any completed ones??

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  1. Power Surge

    Power Surge SHO Member

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    So, I've still got that SHO motor that I was going to put into a Mustang II sitting in my garage.

    I've moved onto a different project (putting a Coyote 5.0 into a 73 Torino), but lately I've been thinking about putting the SHO motor into a Ranger.

    I've done some pretty extensive searching on here and the Ranger Forum, but there just doesn't seem to be any finished trucks. Most SHO Ranger threads end within a page or two, never to be heard of again.

    I know there is the offroad SHO Ranger (Lupos?), but I do not want to go that crazy with the truck.

    I came across ONE thread here that's 9 pages that seems to have gone far, but that thread has fallen victim to the Photobucket blackmail disaster.

    Has anyone successfully finished an SHO swap into a stock Ranger?

    I'm capable of doing any mods needed, I'm just curious what I'll be up against.

    My main questions are:

    Will the SHO oil pan work in a 2wd Ranger?
    Will the intake clear the firewall, if flipped around?
    Will the intake clear the HVAC case?

    I'm mainly concerned about actual fitment. I am aware of most of the other issues (fabbing motor mounts, notching the bellhousing for the rear seal plate, etc).

    Oh.... my other option I'm considering is an SHO Taurus Wagon.... since we happen to have a clean early 90s wagon sitting in the yard of our shop that I could get for pretty much nothing.

    Any help or advice would be appreciated :)
     
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  2. luigisho

    luigisho SHO Member

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    Lupo was the only one that was operating that I remember being on here. My memory could be faulty. Hopefully someone who curated old stuff that isn't around anymore has some insight. I'd love to see you do one. The wagon might be a little easier but the ranger would be cooler.
     
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  3. rubydist

    rubydist SHO Master Staff Member Super Moderators

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    I looked at this seriously at one point and then did a wagon swap.

    I'm pretty sure the oil pan will not be a problem on any 2wd Ranger platform. The intake / rear of head / thermostat housing to firewall clearance are all real issues. I never got to the point of verifying how the intake to heater box would fit. I believe to make it fit, you would need the engine 2-3" forward of where the 3.0 Vulcan sits in a Ranger.
     
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  4. pjtoledo

    pjtoledo 'ol man in the SHO

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    dare to be different, put the entire subframe assembly in the bed! mid engine, independent rear suspension. hell, if Lil' Red Wagon could do it with a Hemi 50 years ago the V6 should be a piece of cake.
     
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  5. mrecoolgar

    mrecoolgar SHO NUP

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    I purchased a 1997 Ranger about 9 years ago for such a project.
    But I rely on using it too much and it ran great so I never took it out of service.
    Its a 2wd super cab no frills 3.0 V6 with manual 5 speed.
    But it has an unusual option, payload package #2 which includes a rear sway bar.
    I've added 2007 Mustang 16" wheels and a fog lamp valance.
    I added Explorer leather power seat, leather wheel, a great Pioneer system and all power accessories.
    I may have a thread here about it but now with no photos thanks to PhotoBucket.
    I also have a 1988 Mazda RX7 convertible I'm doing the same.
    Again, I have a thread here but now no photos.
    Sorry, I cannot answer any of your questions.
     
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  6. Off Road SHO

    Off Road SHO Moderator Staff Member

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    My son is putting a 3.2 with a Ranger Transmission in an older Ranger and he had to seriously cut the firewall. It's a race truck so he doesn't need no stinkin firewall anyhows. Anything is possible with the right combination of perserverance and money.

    Tom
     
  7. pjtoledo

    pjtoledo 'ol man in the SHO

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    couldn't get it polished????
     
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    I'm sure he knows the rule...
     
  9. firebat45

    firebat45 SHO Member

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    I have started a SHO Ranger twice and then sold the truck both times. So I haven't finished a swap. However, I can answer some of these questions.

    The oil pan works on a 2wd Ranger. Easier on a 97+ than an earlier one, but either would work.

    The intake can be flipped (if raised or if you do grinding to remove EGR castings and don't run timing cover).

    I don't recall issues with the HVAC case.

    IIRC I moved the tranny mount 1.5" forward to get a bit more firewall clearance.

    Other than that, there isn't much to it. You'll need custom motor mounts and exhaust, of course.
     
  10. zoomlater

    zoomlater SHO Member Supporting Member

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    slightly different version...

    https://shoforum.com/index.php?threads/ranger-sho.138451/
     
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