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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-09-2002, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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If it aint broke, don\'t fix it

I am frustrated with my stock 1bbl, prestolite ignited, no frills stock engine. But the darn thing just runs so GOOD, I wait anxiosly every day for something to break or let go so that I can do one of the great upgrades we talk about here. I can't bring myself to take off a perfectly operational part of the motor just for sake of the allmighty HORSEPOWER. Once it breaks... now thats a different story.

I was just wondering if anybody else felt the same way.



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I have a terrible habit of fixing things until they do break. Case in point, I'm on here now and not fixing the leaky windshield because I gave up when the windshield broke. Tommorrow I let a pro fix it.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/blush.gif[/img]


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Re: If it aint broke, don\'t fix it

For me it depends. My perfectly good 304 in my CJ5 has more power than I really need (30" now, 33" this summer, not running big meats). My Ranger 4 cyl is pretty gutless when under a load. Will I mess with the 304 before I need to? Probably not. Will I mess with the Ford before I need to? Yep.

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Re: If it aint broke, don\'t fix it

cj5_pilot, you need a v-8 in the Ranger then you wont have to mess with that one either

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CJ5_pilot, Drop an Explorer V6 4.0L into that Ranger by drilling only one hole for motor mount stud. Other that that little bit of work... it's "almost" a drop in... I'd fancied doing that on my BroncoII for years... just never made it a priority.

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see, i think you are going about this alll wrong.....really, you should replace things BEFORE they break. that way, with new parts you are less likely to break down!!

i love rationalizing

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Hell, I wish I had some fully operational parts to not have to worry about. It seems that every week or two I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to afford fixing the next big thing that breaks. I've gotten away from wishing something would break so that I could upgrade, to praying nothing breaks because I can't afford it. Needless to say, I'm jealous I wish I could go a month without having to worry about something.


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I've driven a Ranger with a 302 in it. It was a conversion, and had PLENTY of power! Sounded nice too! *grin* I understand they also made them stock for one year, something like '82 or '83, but discontinued it when they started getting lots of warranty repairs!

Leve, I've thought about swapping in a V6, but I understand there are something like 3 different 4.0 V6s Ford used, and some are better than others. I've heard that one had a tendency to get flat cams at 60,000 (sorta like a chevy 350!) and another was only made for 2 years and doesn't interchange with the others. One Ford mechanic warned me to stay away from 4.0s made before 1994. Not sure if all that is true, but does make me a little cautious. Maybe after I get the Jeep set up, I'll see if I can't find a wrecked '95 or newer Exploder, uh, I mean Explorer and get the engine. I think the 4.0 was an option for the Ranger in '95 and I think my computer will hook right up to it. Right or wrong?

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I've heard the same thing about the Explorer engines. My BII was an 84 and I was lookin' for a 92 - 92 4.0L engine. As for the computer, it differnt of course. I suspect that the wiring harness are the same...but that's a question I'm not competant to discuss.

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Leve, have you heard much about the 4.6L V8 that Ford replaced the 302....uh, I mean 5.0L.....with? I've heard they managed to keep them fairly torquey for a OHC engine. How 'bout swapping one into your BII, heck, or even a jeep?

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