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Ranger Roller Cam Swap
« on: May 10, 2013, 02:01:47 PM »
Looking to replace the tired slider cam with a Ranger Roller.  At the Junk yard to get the Cam out of the ranger I ended up having to undo the tranny cross member and let the transmission/back of engine sag down to the ground to get the engine to tilt back far enough to extract the cam and get it to clear the upper rad support. On the pinto what is the best way to raise up the front of the engine to get the cam to clear the rad support? I see two options:

Undo the trans cross member and lean everything back
undo the motor mounts and use a block of wood and jack under the oil pan and raise the front of the motor

The 79 has a C3 Trans so I also have cooling lines to worry about and i'd rather not bend, break, or disconnect them if that can be avoided.

Any other tips or tricks for performing the cam swap? has anyone who has done the swap noticed an increase in down low torque after replacing the slider?

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Re: Ranger Roller Cam Swap
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2013, 02:19:50 PM »
The only thing you have to do is unbolt the passenger side motor mount, and then use a jack or cherry picker and lift the engine up. I just did this about 2 weeks ago it worked great.

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Re: Ranger Roller Cam Swap
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2013, 06:37:32 PM »
Really that's it?! it looked like i would need a lot more lift than that to get over the upper rad support. I've got a cherry picker so that makes it really easy.

Did you notice much difference in performance swapping the cams out? are you running a C3/C4 or 4spd?
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Re: Ranger Roller Cam Swap
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2013, 09:37:15 PM »
Well mine was a manual, but it shouldn't damage anything. If you want drain your rad and take out 3 bolts excluding the lower drivers side bolt and let your radiator swing down to give a little more clearance. It should not damage any line just be gentle and check as your raising it up. Once its done youll be happy there much smoother and it changes your power band. If you have ever driven a 2.3 ranger it will feel kinda like that.