Repowering ford ranger 1996

#1

Hello:





I have a 96 ford Ranger. Its a good truck, but it lacks power. It’s a 4 cylinder. I have been toying with the idea of getting a long block V6 put in.



My first question: is this possible?



Second: what else would I have to replace in the process? I have been told that I would have to replace the transmission if I did this.





Third: Is this wise at all? The car has about 200K almost on it, and so I was thinking this might actually extend the life of the truck also.



thanks



Cliff

#2

It’s possible but you’ll have to change a lot of other stuff too; exhaust, wiring harness, computer, along with modifying a number of vacuum hoses, throttle cable, etc., etc.
Anything is doable but it will require some effort and the most economical option would be if you had a donor truck of the same year to pirate parts from.

#3

While you can do it, it’s probably not really cost effective. But if you’re going to do it, go whole hog and swap in a V8, the 302 swap is pretty common in Rangers and is no more difficult or costly than swapping in a 4.0L V6. There’s a ton of info out on the internet about how to do it.