Location: A small hick town filled with kids who think JAP CARS are the sh**
I have a 95 Ford Ranger Splash that is coming close to 215 thousand actual miles on it. Bought it new off the lot!!! The only maintenance work it has had done to it is replaced the fuel line after a cat got caught in the motor and popped the line.....poor poor putty cat. Looking at doing a engine swap on it here in the near future...from a 2.4 to 4.6. Watcha guys think? I will need some guidance from everyone on this.
My 89 Ranger SuperCab XLT just turned over 330,000 miles. All I ever did was change oil/filter every 6,000 miles and put a new timing belt on approx. every 100,000 miles. Fuel mileage used to be about 28, but has dropped to low 20s now. Takes about a quart of oil every 2,500 miles.
Main problem with the modular motors, and any OHC motor is the size of the valve covers because of the cams being in the heads instead of the block. The 4.6 DOHC would be too large to fit in a Ranger. Have you seen the enormous valve covers? They're monstrous!
The SOHC 4.6 MAY fit, but I think you should stick to the tried and true 302 motor that doesn't have the immense valve covers to get in the way