Hi there, New member here from D.C. Just bought a '92 Ranger XLT 4x2 manual with the 2.3L engine. 2-owner truck with almost no rust, spent most of its life in California and comes with Leer bed cap. I've always wanted a Ranger, especially the first-generation body style, so I consider this a score for $1800. Seems mechanically sound, though I'm having my mechanic check a couple things tomorrow just to make sure. Then I was hoping to use it for some work while gradually upgrading it. I was going to start by recovering the seats, replacing the headliner, and looking into possibly swapping a V8 for the four-banger. My question is, where should I get my Ford 302/5.0 engine? I've read on here how that's the best engine, but I can't find anyone to tell me which model and years Mustang/Explorer/Bronco/Whatever I should get it off of. Ideally I'd like to do the swap myself, so whatever would fit best in my '92 without any mods would be ideal. I'd prefer to get the tranny with the engine, so any recommendations on what year and model car/truck to pull it off would be greatly appreciated. I'm not opposed to buying a crate engine and tranny, but the 302s I'm seeing on line seem to start around $3K, which is way too much for my wallet. If anyone has any recommendations on where I can get a V8 with about 300HP and good torque for close to $12-1500, I'm all ears. Also looking for a shop in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area to do some work on it, if you guys know of anyone. Pleasure to meet ya'll. Thanks for your help.