2 Wheel Drive to 4 Wheel Drive Conversion 1987 EXT Cab to 1987 Extend Cab Manufactured in Minnesota


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Does anyone know, if you can convert, a 2wd Ranger Extended Cab to a 4wd Ranger Extended Cab with a 4 wd donor of the same year ? In this case it is a 1987 Ford Ranger XLT in excellent condition. The donor is the 1987 Ext Cab I have sitting in the garage literally rusting apart. I was hoping that it would just be swapping components between frames like the front components and a couple of parts off the rear end like the Blocks on the springs, the sway bar etc.
Any feedback would be appreciated, I really feel like I could make an excellent truck if it is worth the effort. Thanks
 


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If you have both trucks, wouldn't it be simpler to just fix up the one that's already 4x4?
 

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If you have both trucks, wouldn't it be simpler to just fix up the one that's already 4x4?
The 4x4 is the one in the garage that has a serious frame rust issue.

If you have both trucks, wouldn't it be simpler to just fix up the one that's already 4x4?
 

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And yes you can do it. In your case with info given I would do a body swap unless the chassis on the 4x4 is smoked.

If it is...then the k member and front axle needs swapped. Very involved but can be done. How is the 4x4 chassis?


On edit...see the response.

The k member swap is it for you.
 

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AFAIK the front crossmember is both riveted and welded to the frame. The 2wd and the 4x4 crossmembers are not the same so need changing along with the axles.
 

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Search it here. I have done it in several ways. Usually drill a hole and use a body saw or sawzall to pop the upright welds from the k to the rail.
 

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Or a Dana 30. Or Dana 44....or 60. Or jk.........
 

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And yes you can do it. In your case with info given I would do a body swap unless the chassis on the 4x4 is smoked.

If it is...then the k member and front axle needs swapped. Very involved but can be done. How is the 4x4 chassis?


On edit...see the response.

The k member swap is it for you.
The 4X4 is absolutely bad at the rear forward springcups on both sides but especially on the driver side. You can push a baseball thru the hole on the driver side. It is darn near severed in two. the rust has degraded the gauge o steel on the rear section of this truck.. It is smoked. I have a good amount of $$$ invested and really like these trucks. Now I have a 2WD Ext cab 1987 Ranger that was hoping to combine the best of both and have a decent 4X4 Ranger to drive.
 

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Search it here. I have done it in several ways. Usually drill a hole and use a body saw or sawzall to pop the upright welds from the k to the rail.
Do I have to pull the body off the frame to get the stuff I need ?
 

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No. But that said I would remove the front core support on a short cut at the cab horns and pull the engine


I need to make a how to for that.
 

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No. But that said I would remove the front core support on a short cut at the cab horns and pull the engine


I need to make a how to for that.
Thanks Yep I thought I would need to make a cut or 2 :)
 

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Self evident.

This is not a short cut off, it is a long cut. Short cut leaves side pillars intact.....

But the horns where the hood meets the firewall is the area to cut. It's short with a low amount of spot-weld cutter work. This gets everything out of the way, and makes it easy to remove and replace with a few bolts...and wiring connectors.

Of course it also outlines the easy way to convert your 2wd via leaf spring dana 60 to 4x4....and fit a big block.....but the core/inner fender removal is time well wasted on my eyes.

Swapping in a Dana 28 ttb is not my first choice. Dana 30 would be my first choice in your case.
 


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