350V8 Swapped: 1997 Ford Ranger

This next car is a strange one. It started life as a second generation Ford Ranger — the compact pickup from Ford that strangely went out of production in 2012 and everybody agreed they wanted a compact pickup, so Ford created the Maverick…whut? Anyway, today’s Ranger isn’t equipped with the original OHC inline-4 or V6 and instead is powered by a giant thumping V8. Find this 1997 Ford Ranger offered for $8,500 in Houston, TX via craigslist. Tip from Cory.

From the seller:

1997 ford ranger
condition: excellent
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 18000
paint color: purple
size: compact
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
type: truck
1997 Ford Ranger clean title

Gen 1 sbc 5.7 350 ci (stock) summit crate engine
700R4 (4 speed automatic w/ OD) Jegs performance
The engine and transmission were installed brand new and currently have about 18,000 miles.

Holley Sniper EFI 800cfm w/ Holley fuel pump.
The Holley has its own ECM that self tunes and controls ignition timing and fuel delivery. Settings can be changed via digital display.

Weiand low rise intake

Hurst ratchet shifter

Stock manifolds (didnt have room for headers)

Stock rear end (7.5 at 3.73)

The muffler is huge and keeps the truck quiet. Its a sleeper. I tuned it for daily driving so the fuel economy is decent (about 21~24mpg hwy) but it still has a lot of power being in a 3000lb truck. Has a lot of low end pull and will launch quickly. The fastest i have gone was about 140mph in 4th.

I have extra parts for it that are pictured above.

  1. Brand new full set of Equus gauges. It currently has a Summit digital display installed. Some of the LEDs started to burn out so i was planning on building a custom dash with the Equus set. Just never got around to it.
  2. Brand new MSD coil, distributor (black), and ignition box (6k rpm w/limiter). These will wire directly into the factory Holley harness for the Sniper EFI. You can tune the Holley to control ignition timing via MSD setup.

No powersteering and no AC.

The price is flexible so throw me an offer.

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