I'm going to have to figure out radiator hoses and such too, unless I find a way to pull the radiator back to the same relative distance that it is mounted in the Ranger. It'll make for an interesting looking engine bay.
My brother had aftermarket dual headlights for his Focus. I'm going to see if I can scavenge those to keep the four eye look with the Ranger harness.
With the ranger parts the motor shouldn't have any issues bolting into the car since they came with the 2.3 from the factory. But the k member might be a touch different if your current fox was a v6 or i6 originally.
Originally a 3.8L CFI V6.
I think the Mustang had the same K-member from 1979-1986 regardless of the engine, except for the SVO. I know I'll need 2.3L motor mounts, and I'm guessing a transmission mount too.
The only other issues might be wiring and hose lengths. The Ranger is a little more compact up front.
You prolly wont want that m5od tho. Its not really designed to be used in a sports car setting. And the shifter might be to far back to be viable in a mustang set up...
The fox Mustang is really a passenger car slightly modified to kind of be a sports car, and the full weight convertible wasn't that much lighter than the Ranger is. I do have a Mustang T5 I can use (had gotten all the conversion parts before the notch was wrecked) but the M5OD is a better transmission. I just want the thing to roll. High speed is not a goal with this turd.
I can fix the shifter position with a Miata tail shaft, or cut a new hole in the floor and adapt the stick itself, which is cheaper.
The final drive ratio can be adjusted by choosing the right differential gearing. A 4.10 rear is annoying in the Ranger when you're not hauling anything, but the 4cyl needs it to haul a full load, so I would want to change that for a vehicle that's not going to haul anything. I can have the ECU reprogrammed for that number. (I might have to get the wheel/tire size reprogrammed too.)
I'm looking up the numbers now for the transmission gears in the Ranger:
For the 2.3L Mustang (SVO in parentheses) it is:
1st 3.97 (3.50)
2nd 2.34 (2.14)
3rd 1.46 (1.39)
4th 1.00 (1.00)
5th 0.85 (0.78)
Reverse 3.70 (3.39)
The manual differential should
be a 3.45 in the N/A Mustangs. The later SVOs had a 3.73 so I might be fine with a 3.45 at the steepest. I'll have to see what was available, and what I can get my hands on. Maybe a 3.08 would be best?
Mustang gas tanks for ur car are guaranteed to fit up to 98. I know that for a fact. I had a 94 v6 swapped 85 fox coupe and that puppy with the full 5 lug swap would fly. Everything was swapped over down to the gas tank and break lines.
That's good to know. I'm trying to see if the LTD wagon tank and straps will fit. I hope so, because they're free. If not, hopefully I can pull that when I find a rear end. I have a feeling anything I get will need to be modified to use all the Ranger bits (returnless fuel system and such).
I wish you were closer tho... there is a guy locally that has an 00 v6 5-speed for 750 obo and that would be all you would need to swap everything to have one sick foxbody! (P.s. it would get killer gas mileage and be pretty quick for a relatively stock drive train. )
From some cluttered garage somewhere...!
I already dropped the money on this parts Ranger! Also, there's very few things I hate more in this world than the 3.8L Essex V6.
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You might find, that an earlier ECU and harness from some kind of Ford turbo 2.3, TurboCoupe / Mustang /Merkur, would put i you in a better position for future mods, rather than struggle with the late Ranger ECU and harness I would think. Your car is off to a good start though.
I've got a 1983 carb'ed harness and the original 1984 CFI harness. Both are shot to hell. The SVO I had was even worse, and I know the LTD isn't worth harvesting from either.
The Ranger stuff actually adapts very easily to performance mods. It's just a reprogramming and you're good (other than the physical mechanical bits). I think it's easier than the 2.3T stuff. The older Rangers not so much. I've already been through all that on the Turbo Ranger Forums.