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« on: June 20, 2014, 08:08:23 AM »
I found out yesterday that my exhaust manifold has a pretty bad cracked in it. I've been wanting to switch to a header of some kind for a while, but just don't have the money right now. I have heard about people using Ranger maniloflds. Would this be a bolt in swap, or would I have to do any modifying? 
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Re: header.
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2014, 10:41:11 AM »
Well, I got this off of E-Gay for about the same as any manifold I seen at the time, just need to shorten the pipe some and it'll match up.

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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2014, 12:54:24 PM »
hi I just installed the ranger header a couple weeks ago. looks just like the picture in the post.it well give your 2.3 some extra zip on low end and threw the gears.use a gasket from a ranger truck and not a pinto cause it well leak if you don't. if you need more info pm me I will tell what worked.  chris
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2014, 07:05:34 PM »
When I got my gasket it just said 2.3 didn't specify what vehicle but it matches perfect, what's the difference between the Pinto and the Ranger??..
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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2014, 01:16:34 PM »
hi art I sent you a email on the different gaskets. and also on the other things to install the header.if you can post it here for all that might have questions. anyone else need help send me a pm with your reg email address and I will send my email to you.  chris
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2014, 03:38:53 PM »
Got your e-mail thanks Chris, I'll post the pics up later when I get home.
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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2014, 07:36:27 AM »
Ok, here's the header installed, looks good Chris what kind of coating you put on the header?..





And here is the difference in gaskets, top one is way better.



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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2014, 07:53:45 AM »
Remove those stand off's that the header bolts go through for even better looking header. They were put there so Ford could use the same bolts as used with the cast iron manifold.
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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2014, 08:25:18 AM »
And without the stand offs you can take the squash out of the tubes.
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2014, 11:46:52 AM »
May I ask what the "squash" is that is in the tubes?  I just got one of these headers off ebay.  Take a look around, I got mine for like $60 shipped I want to say.  It was an auto salvage place that didn't have a pic so I asked them the condition and if they could send a pic.  They did and and it is really nice, so you can get one for cheap.  BTW, did you all just leave the oxygen sensor in the header, or did you plug it with a bolt of some kind?  I'd also be curious what coating was used in the pic above, it looks excellent!

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« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2014, 01:17:52 PM »
I got mine for about the same price, if you look by the bolts you'll see the tubes squashed in, if they weren't you wouldn't get the long bolts in, if you remove the stand offs and use short bolts the tubes wouldn't have to be squashed. A brass cap from the hardware store will plug the fitting up.
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« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2014, 03:34:09 PM »
thanks art for posting the pictures for me.first I used eastwood pre painting prep to clean the pipe.I then used vht flameproof silica ceramic coating silver spray paint.i have have the header on a month now and the paint has held up well.this first picture the gasket with no holes is mine and is made of all metal.the second is arts and more of a stock manifold gasket because the hole are needed with a stock manifold.i tapped the holes on the head with a 3/8 pipe thread.i also used 3/8x1/4 Allen screws to seal up the head.a brass cap from the hardware store for the exhaust bung to cap it.also theres a metal tube from stock exhaust manifold and goes to the base of the egr valve. a bass plug also from the hardware store sealed it also.i  used m10x60mm 1.50 pitch hex head flange bolts metric 10.9 grade. I also have a lot of extra Allen screws cause fastnel only sells them in bags of 50.hope any of this info helps out.  chris
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« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2014, 06:37:40 PM »
thanks art for posting the pictures for me.first I used eastwood pre painting prep to clean the pipe.I then used vht flameproof silica ceramic coating silver spray paint.i have have the header on a month now and the paint has held up well.
You're quite welcome Chris, and thanks for the tip  on the coating I'll probaly do that on mine it looks great..
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« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2014, 08:30:12 PM »
Is there a certain year ranger that I want to look for?
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« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2014, 09:15:10 PM »
Hi my header was a 95.a96 might be ok but anything older or newer is cast iron.just make sure it looks like arts pic and you should do good.if you need more help post or pm me. Chris
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« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2014, 12:01:49 AM »
I understand the 93/94 ones are the ones that look like in the pic above. I believe mine was a 94.  Either that or 93.  I don't know what all years are encompassed, but they are referred to as mid-90s headers, so somewhere in that range.  Not sure when they switched.

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« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2014, 12:33:32 PM »
hi update on header gasket. victor # m516104  95 ford ranger.try that number art and anyone else doing header upgrade.  chris
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« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2014, 11:46:50 PM »
Thanks Chris I'll look into that.
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« Reply #18 on: June 25, 2014, 07:51:18 PM »
I've been looking on craigslist and eBay every day. Haven't seen anything till todat. A few popped up on ebay. $126. I might as well wait and save a few bucks, and get the one I want.
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« Reply #19 on: June 25, 2014, 09:52:18 PM »
They do pop up quite often, check every day took a couple of weeks to find mine, finding the carb is giving me fits now, LOL..
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« Reply #20 on: June 28, 2014, 01:15:24 PM »
art were you able to find the different gasket?what did you plan to plug the 3 holes on the head with? I have got some extra Allen screws to plug the holes if you need them.  chris
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« Reply #21 on: June 28, 2014, 02:27:25 PM »
Chris, haven't had time to mess with it yet been too dam busy, thanks for the offer but I got a bunch of plugs so that won't be a problem there.
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« Reply #22 on: July 01, 2014, 08:52:49 PM »
What do I do with the tube that runs from the exhaust manifold, around the back of the engine, to the other side?
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« Reply #23 on: July 01, 2014, 09:36:52 PM »
I threw all that junk in the trash but I'm also pre 76 and in a non smog area, good question if you have to have it though.... BTW, if you haven't found one yet here's a nice one..

http://www.fordpinto.com/classifieds/parts-for-sale/ranger-header-for-sale/3033
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« Reply #24 on: July 02, 2014, 10:31:00 AM »
I threw all that junk in the trash but I'm also pre 76 and in a non smog area, good question if you have to have it though.... BTW, if you haven't found one yet here's a nice one..

http://www.fordpinto.com/classifieds/parts-for-sale/ranger-header-for-sale/3033


Thanks for link. I'm gonna try and get that one. I am in Ohio, and emissions doesn't matter where I am at. I haven't taken the breather off yet to see where that hooks in on the intake side. Do I just plug that up?
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« Reply #25 on: July 02, 2014, 11:23:09 AM »
Mine has a hose from the breather to the air cleaner and a PCV valve, gotta let the crank case breathe, if no emissions you can plug all that stuff up.
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« Reply #26 on: July 02, 2014, 12:41:05 PM »
Any pipe running to exhaust is either passive or active air injection or EGR supply and plug it at exhaust manifold...... .....

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« Reply #27 on: July 04, 2014, 11:47:35 PM »
Found one on ebay for $68. All emissions stuff is off. Ready to put it on.
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« Reply #28 on: July 05, 2014, 07:35:34 AM »
Post a pic when you get it installed..
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« Reply #29 on: July 08, 2014, 12:53:04 PM »
Should have it in tomorrow.
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