What were these things in? Aerostars? Rangers? Taurus?deepmud said:'Bout time somebody did the 3.0 swap - that is a tough little motor, RELIABLE, torquey, RELIABLE,and should run a Zuk like a raped ape without the weight issues of a lot of other v-6's. And did I say it was a reliable little booger?
deepmud said:It is a testament to the reliability that Ford left the motor alone - it only changed the intake manifold in 99 - thats like 15 years without messing with it. And unlike the 2.8/2.9/4.0, it is not known for leaking.
UZI 9mm said:wow.
This has me at a quandry between:
"cool, you certainly can't fault the guy for having the brains and imagination to do whatever the hell he wants to do"
"wtf? why would some guy with this much interest and skill, to quite easily do something like this, pick a 4x4 Samurai-but be seemingly oblivious to actually 4x4ing?"
He obviously knows *about* 4x4's with use of his statements like : "miniature jeep hood hold downs", built a bush bumper when it would have been easier to just have a stock "street" style one, and he went to great lengths (haha there's a pun there somewhere...) to retain the transfer case, (therefor the front drive shaft, therefor keeping 4wheel drive) when he could have had a much easier go with just eliminating these....
But then he goes to great effort to maintain stock ride height, and add wierd airbags in stock spring under ground dragging application, has street tires etc.....
It's possible he just has yet to do any off road mods, but I really doubt it.
Then there are the types who are mega into 4x4's, but are absolutely clueless, with no common sense, and actually make their 4x4's less off road capable, by the very nature of their hideous modifications, sometimes even *removing* their front driveshafts etc...
The BW-1350 had a low of around 2.6:1 if memory serves - there are two different low ranges depending on the vintage/actuation. Something like 2.3:1 and 2.6: or similar.deepmud said:Rwd trannies - just the M5OD, 5speed manual , the A4LD/4r44e/5r553 auto - or I think the C-5 can work too - it is short, would be good for off-road - or heck, the motor revs to 5 grand, so the lack of O/D wouldn't really kill it. Are the Borg-Warners really really junk? I actually don't work on them much, and EVERYTHING is 4x4 here if it can be. I wouldn't call them beefy, but strong enough. But, if you adapted the 4x4 M5OD, with is a lot shorter than the 2wd version, with a married Toyota t-case, you should not be much, if any, longer than Suzuki divorced driveline.