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    #16
    Oh my;

    A wild ranger has appeared

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    When I bought the engine off CL it was assembled, so I couldn't read the cast number on the heads.

    I put the heads on the work bench today to take a peak and to my surprise, they're off 78 351w...

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    Probably the worst possible heads for a small block ford.. these heads have a large combustion chamber, so bolting these up to the 302 block will drop compression too much for my liking..smog era heads (thanks obama)

    First thing that comes to mind to solve this is to go with a edelbrock aluminum street heads and sell these off.

    I might be able to run the same suspension up in the front with the saved weight by going aluminum. The lima is all cast, so she's a heavy girl.

    As for the transmission, seems like the most logical and cost effective rout is to go with ah MO5D-R2 of a 90 something F150. Still mazda, but this one will bolt up to the 302 block and I'd just have to cut out the trans tunnel for the shifter.

    With this trans, the shifter is going to be located more towards the underside of the dash, so I'd have to whip up some shifter relocate thingymabobbbber to keep the lever somewhere not so outrageous.

    While I did take two steps back, I did take one step forward... Some of the parts are starting to trickle in for the rear end swap...

    New drums showed up.. just waiting on the brake shoe stuff with the wheel cylinder.

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    wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo progress bb

    The truck is still working for me as I put together the remaining parts to pull the ol' weezer out

    Got my last seat done a week ago, so the ranger was on transport duty to take it home until it's ready to go in the car after my carpet and headliner get finished

    (yes, the e30 build thread will be vaguely mentioned through the ranger build thread)

    Bonus pics;

    Here's a 71 super beetle I've been restoring for a client over the past year or so

    It' was a rusty roller with sentimental value, so a lot of body work needed to be done... Wish I had more pics on me of the earlier days.

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    as of last week

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    The new harness is mostly in, but I'm waiting on a new dash to wrap that up.. Excuse the mess


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    An R107 is hiding there in the back that I'm restoring as well (1 of 3) lol

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    She's coming along well, almost ready to go home..

    Really a great experience essentially building one from the ground up..




    Last edited by MrBurgundy; 01-18-2021, 10:59 PM.
    Originally posted by wholepailofwater
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      #17
      I'm a big fan of the smaller truck build threads vs the massive dually, crew cab lifted 8" threads I see on the C10 forums lmfao.

      Good looking ranger!
      85% of the time i have no idea what I'm doing

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        #18
        I'm not going to deny that I'm a small dick man myself and fancy a big ol' whistling diesel

        But, the small truck is awesome and I think people are going to start realizing that the days of a truly small truck are gone. The new ranger is massive in relation to its older sibling.

        An unloaded small truck is probably the most violent ride I've experienced. This makes the BMW on race springs and billies experience cloud like.

        When I add a leaf in the back, it's going to get pretty wild lol maybe too wild.

        Back to the heads;

        My Dad's boat rocks a 351w which he's currently rebuilding, so he's going to put these heads to use.

        I'll be buying me heads here after I do some homework.

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          #19
          Parts are coming in,

          The Lima is a little tired, running what I suspect to be the original plugs and coils.

          I went ahead and got some Ford goodies to refresh the ignition system. I got trips planned that the truck is on duty for, so this little tune up will help it on the long, steep drives with large loads of white claws.

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          Ford makes the prettiest spark plugs

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          All the little things for the rear end swap are coming in. Just having a hard time with sitting down to find the right wheel bearings lol

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          Drums, shoes, hardware and new wheel cylinders all rolled in, so I might just go for it tonight and get it ready to install. I think the truck I took the axle off only had 70k on it, so the wheel bearings should be fine.

          Updated the lighting on the front of the truck. The first set of lights were cheap shitty ones I threw on to make it out to our land in the mojave at night. It's pitch black out there when the moon is hiding, so you need some pretty bright lights to see any ditches/banks on the dirt trails.

          Got some not so shitty LEDs. I put 2 behind the grill, because 4 upfront would look ridiculous.

          Got some 3/4" steel bar and fabbed up a couple brackets.

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          Yes, theres enough air passing the rad

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          Those oddly cut pieces in the background are just some pieces of metal we were using to tune the plasma torch on the cnc plasma we recently finished building

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          I welded the exterior bar together through the grill to make sure I'd be able to get it in and out before everything was one piece.

          Got everything welded up. Going to wire everything in and paint it next

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          Originally posted by wholepailofwater
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            #20
            Glad to see you committing time and energy to an old Ranger. Good stuff!
            My previous build (currently E30-less)
            http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=170390

            A 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4 Offroad in Inferno is my newest obsession

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              #21
              Always makes me chuckle when I see 8 plugs for a 4 cyl. I don't recall for certain, but the power plugs are on the DS, and emissions on the PS?

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                #22
                Originally posted by MR E30 325is View Post
                Glad to see you committing time and energy to an old Ranger. Good stuff!
                Thanks, I've grown on this old bitch

                If I'm not mistaken, the spark plugs do spark at the same moment, but the intake side is the "primary" coils destination.

                It seems as if they did this to mimic the centered spark plug that was seen in DOHC engines for better combustion
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                  #23
                  Hmm, interesting, hadn't looked at it that way, and it would probably make for faster flame propagation, but not sure if that would net much more power or more complete combustion.

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                    #24
                    That's a lot of Claws you have in the bed...

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by roguetoaster View Post
                      Hmm, interesting, hadn't looked at it that way, and it would probably make for faster flame propagation, but not sure if that would net much more power or more complete combustion.
                      I'm sure in the high rpm range the dual spark is helping out a lot to ignite everything as quickly as possible.

                      I'm a white claw fan for sure lol

                      I'd even go as far as calling my self a slut for white claws

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