I've got some info from the newer F150 and Explorer forums, and now I am looking for a general yea or neigh on this project.
I am planning to swap an OBDII equipped 302/5.0L out of a 96-01 Explorer into my 2004 Nissan Xterra. The X is manual with a 2.4L 4 cylinder. I want to use a ZF 5 speed transmission with attached transfer case. I will be using the Explorer engine harness and ECM for the engine.
I could think of a bunch of better engine donor options than a 5.0 v8 that barely wheezes out 220hp This is the 21'st century. Put an LS in that sucker like any well adjusted human being
By swapping in a 5.0 you're basically recreating a $1500 ford exploder from the 90's. Hardly worth the trouble of a swap
I am actually having difficulty finding a manual transmission and manual transfer case. I want something that is stronger than the VG33 that Nissan offered in it. The LS series does not have a readily available manual 4x4 trans and t-case. I admit the LS is impressive, but I know Ford's pushrod V8's better than any other manufacturer. I am also fully prepared to rebuild the old 5.0 to give me the numbers I want.
Any other ideas, besides the LS or the 5.0 that has a readily available manual 4x4 trans and is OBDII compliant?