98 Ranger 3.0 interchange
I just picked up a 1998 Ranger 4x4 ext. cab, automatic with a locked up motor. I have 2 motors immediately available, and was wondering about the interchangeability.
Motor 1 is a 3.0 out of a 1992 2WD Ranger. Obviously there are ignition differences (dist vs. coil packs), but if I stripped it down to a long block, is it a viable swap? What triggers the spark on the 98, and is it external to the motor?
Motor 2 is a 3.0 out of a 97 Taurus. I would assume the ignition components are practically the same, but don't know if a transverse engine will readily swap into the Ranger. What complications might I run into?
If anyone can lend a piece of their brain, I sure would appreciate it. I'm trying to keep costs down on this project; the 92 motor I can get for free, and the Taurus motor is going to run me about $350 (or less). Thanks in advance for any info.