So I just picked up a project ranger that came with a low mile engine on a crate and a dead engine and tranny in the car. The truck is a 1997 Ranger EXT with a 4.0 OHV, and the new engine is a 4.0 SOHC taken out of a 2001 or 2002 explorer (can't remember off the top of my head).
The truck still has all of the wiring harness still hooked up to the dead engine, it has the body harness, and the computer. The new engine has the wiring harness and the computer.
I've done some research, and am reading 1000 different answers from 1000 different people. Everyone has there own opinion. What I was looking for was some answers on what would be simpler (I'm not electrically or wire inclined at all.) To use the OHV wiring harness and make it work with the SOHC, or just use the SOHC wiring harness. I don't have a transmission yet and am planning on going with an auto.
So what would be entailed with using the OHV wiring harness and what transmission would work? would I need a stand alone transmission controller or not?
Just want this to be as easy and quick as possible. If anyones done this and wants to shoot over some advice or specifics I would aprreciate it.