Re: 97 ford ranger
Easiest way would be to find a wrecked 3.0 or 4.0 the same year and swap everything over. That said, it isn't much more work to swap in a 5.0 V-8 with a kit, especially if you have an automatic (or put one in).
'05 Sport Trac 4x4, L/S, torsion lift, extended shackles, 265's
'03 Taurus wagon, Silverstars, Yoko TRZ's
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