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Old 11-30-2009, 10:26 PM   #1
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Default It has begun! (Official Trucks! TV 4.6L Mazda B-Series / Ford Ranger build)

We've finally got our project truck. a black 2001 Mazda B2500 2wd single cab. The drivetrane is the engine/trans from an 03 Marauder. It will be the first show of the new season, but I'm not sure when it will air... I'll keep all posted on air dates when we have them. we're facing the typical obstacles- IE Headers, engine mounts, trans crossmember location, driveshaft but honestly it's not gonna be that difficult to do.

Thanks for a great site to look up info and see other people doing the same type of swap. I personally believe that the 4.6 rout is the way to go, and the more of us do the swap the more support there will be in the aftermarket.

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Old 11-30-2009, 11:29 PM   #2
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KT,
Trans crossmember shouldn't have to change locations, just use the trans mount plate from a Mark VIII. Your stock Ranger/B2500 driveshaft should also work, just need to change the yoke.

Can't wait to see the show. Hopefully I have cable by then.
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What show and what channel? I would like to see it.
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Thanks Greg! We thought we were gonna have a solid donor MK VIII Rollover victim but they found out we were "TV" and the price went out of control. They forgot that were also "CABLE" and almost broke! LOL! Ended up going with a salvage Marauder engine/trans. Actually we slotted a couple of holes on the trans crossmember and slid it foreword about an inch (collectively) and it put us right where we wanted the engine. Fits relatively snugly against the firewall. We opted for doing a little releif work on the left side firewall and keep it back as much as possible to make room for stock cooling. ( which will be barely adequate... it's temporary and just for "Phase 1")

Exhaust is the next challenge... I've got a couple of 04 Cobra manifolds to see if they'll work ( I know... probably not...) since the OP Marauder cast manifolds bulge at the wrong place on the left bank and impede the steering shaft severely.

The ironic thing is that we'll build "Phase 1" before the shows for the 2010 season even start to air... probably around April... so we'll all have to wait to see the finished deal. We're still on a shooting schedule that has us wrapped up and driving it mid Jan.

Maybe you can get cable by April? IF not I'll send you a DVD LOL!

How close is yours to being done?

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How close is yours to being done?
Mine has been done for about 2-1/2 years, although it's been disassembled and put back together since then.

I tried some '97 Cobra exhaust manifolds. The driver side one fit but the outlet pointed right at the frame. The passenger side manifold wouldn't fit no matter how big of a hammer I used.

Good luck with yours. I hope you make your dead line.
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Another question Greg........ who's rear mounted fuel tank did you use? also, what fuel delivery system and how is it regulated. We're doing ours in two phazes... keeping the midship tank for the first basic swap, then g oing to rear mounted tank for weight transfer and exhaust room, along with lowering and other custom stuff...

Thanks agian for your help! BTW, I am in awe of the electronic challenge that you rose to in amting the two systems..... I have to say that we're going a different rout and using somebody's system that's designed for 4V modular swaps. It's brand new and essentially does the same thing that you have done, but with very simple connections. I am looking foreword to telling people about some of the innovations we have the chance to see in our line of work.


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The fuel tank I used was the rear auxiliry tank from a '85 Ranger. Once you remove the spare tire carrier from the newer trucks, the older aux tank and all it's brackets bolt right in. I believe they were available from '83-'87. There are two different tanks, one for EFI and one for carb setups.
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Yes! I see another lunatic from the Great White North is putting stupid power in an RBV.... cheers! We opted for modular just to up the pain-in the ass factor... and to have something to build on with a solid forced induction package that's factory developed and proven. with My Co-hosts driving skills and cred we should be able to turn some good lap times a any given autocross or street challenge event.

Thanks for the welcome... more details to come as we have them. We're off the project for a week or so until after the holidays... then back at it hardcore to get it up and running.

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