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Boss302
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From: Coleman, Wisconsin
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posted 09-28-2002 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
in the spring, i'm planning on buying a 'winter truck'. i was thinking of getting a small ranger and putting a 302 in it. what do you guys think of this idea?? and how much do you think it would cost for a complete engine swap, tranny, rearend, ect.

...or should i just get a 150 or bronco with a v8 already in it?? possibly a I6

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MLariviere
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posted 09-29-2002 10:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A small Ranger with big power is the wrong recipe for a winter beater. In the least,you will be stuck everywhere. I'd just get a fullsize truck,and be done with it.

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TomP
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posted 09-29-2002 11:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ahhh... something i'm familiar with... my horrible Ranger is my daily driver... i usually stay home on rainy days, i'm confined at home if there is snow. This little thing has almost zero traction in the rain... snow is much less than zero and it literally will not even move in the driveway. I bet studded snow tires wouldn't help much at all.

Its a good swap, not for winter beating tho unless there is some weight out back, maybe a camper or something?

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MLariviere
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posted 09-30-2002 10:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Or maybe 1" lead decking in the bed.

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Hell_Fish
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posted 10-01-2002 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hell_Fish   Click Here to Email Hell_Fish     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My wifes 96 Ranger seem to do fine in the rain(No snow here), but its only a 4 cyl. A Bronco or Bronco II would work better with a 302 swap. The extra weight over the rear wheels helps the traction a lot. Adding a 302 to these small trucks is not that easy. Read everything you can before starting.

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Boss302
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posted 10-01-2002 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
thanks! full size it is....a beefy ranger can wait

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