to put the question to rest:
you will never be able to fit a 4.6 under your hood unless you plan on re-doing almost everything including moving the firewall back. ford (it might not have even been ford. i believe it was SLP) did produce one lightning bolt with a supercharged 4.6 in it but redid everything including widening the frame and a whack load of other stuff. it was pretty much a ranger body on a lightning frame
2004 Ford F-150 SXT 4.6L 4x4
1986 Ford Ranger 5.0 H.O.
Engines out of 1989-1993 Mustangs and Explorers with the 302 are the most commonly used but any year 302 would work. For a '98 and up Ranger I personally would dig one out a 'sploder.
Would you dig it out of a 'sploder because it would be easier to install, or because of the computer? Would the fact that my truck is a 5-spd make a difference? I don't think the 4.9L Explorers came with manual transmissions.
Also, wouldn't the older engines be easier to find parts for? Exhuast, etc... I suppose after the swap most anything would be custom fit.
For what I have seen so far swaping any mod motor into a ranger is going to be a quit a chore the mod motors (4.6/5.4 sohc or dohc) are just shy of 31 inches wide at the valve covers. Which puts the left (drivers side) head on the wrong side of the power booster/master cylinder not to mention steering linkage headers should not be a problem just route them to the outside of the frame rail (fenderwell headers) steering should be an easy fix by switch to a mustang style rack and pinion behind the front suspension instead of infront of it. That leaves the master cylinder problem still working on that issue since my 5.4 dohc is going into a 94 ranger with drive by wire hydraulic steering (4x4 on 49 iroc's with custom 3 link front and rear) I am considering an under the cab setup like they used in older jeep cj's. I'll keep you posted now that my life is somewhat back to normal after all these damm hurricanes.
I know this post was some time ago. but just to let u know I have put a 4.6 32 valve. out of a 96 Lincoln. witch we all know is a dual over head cam engine. it fits like a glove. the only thing a had to remake was the a/c box. so let me tell u it can be done.
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