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Here is some actual feedback on the HPE Ford Ranger EFI V8 Conversion Manual.  These comments have been gathered from message boards and E-mail received.  To date, there has been only one dissatisfied HPE conversion manual customer, and he was only upset because it arrived too late to be of any use to him on his swap.

Where we have been able to obtain permission, we have included E-mail addresses of our customers so that you may contact them directly about the manual.

Subject: Re: V8 Ranger
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 17:32:49 -0700
From: "Michael Boudry" <mab@xxxx.xxx>
To: "Matthew N. Harwood" <toolman8@ix.netcom.com>

Matt, Thank God! Someone with actual useful, intelligent information!
Thank You for you suggestions, did not even think about differing programs
for fuel curves, timing, etc. This will definitely help me out. Once
again, Thank You!

Mike Boudry

Subject: 1997 ranger 4x4
Date: Mon, 09 Oct 2000 14:42:56 -0400
From:  Josh Amato <jamato_sk@xxxx.xxx>
To: toolman8@ix.netcom.com

Also let me compliment this company is doing. There are a lot of us out
there that have dreamed of a manual with such attention to detail, and
it looks like you are creating EXACTLY what we have been waiting for.
You are doing an exceptional job!!

Josh Amato

Subject:  Manual
Date:  Sat, 6 Jan 2001 08:08:46 -0800
From:  "Michael Walker" <mw.walker@xxxxxxxxx.com>
To: "Matthew N. Harwood" <toolman8@ix.netcom.com>

Just finished looking through the entire manual. I am not going to be able to start my project for another 8
months to a year, due to the fact that I am not finished with my current project. (66 Custom Chevy Truck). 
This will be my first ford build. I am glad I purchased the manual. I can see that it will help me out in many
ways. i.e. I had no idea that a T-5 was the only suitable option for a 5 speed 4wd option. The parts numbers
will save me much time now that I have most of them in one place and I can order by number instead of trying
to explain to the guy making minimum wage at the parts desk what I am looking for. The manual is a wise
investment, I appreciate the time and research that you put into it. I look forward to future discussions about
the project.

Take care.



Subject:  your replies
Date:  Fri, 15 Dec 2000 02:33:42 EST
From:  Sleepr5ltrRangr@aol.com
To: toolman8@ix.netcom.com

I've been surfing the Ranger swap site, and I just wanted to say, you seem to 
know what you are talking about! I have read some answers from you and others 
and so far, you are correct on everything you've said. I can appreciate this 
as I have been through it many times myself. If only you could answer every 
question for everyone! Anyway, it's good to know there is someone who is 
helping other enthusiasts instead of making matters worse. I think I can 
speak for everyone in saying thank you!

From http://www.fordranger.com/V8

Posted by andy on January 30, 2001 at 20:11:34:

In Reply to: DOes Matt Harwoods Manual Cover 5.0L HO EFI harness spliceing into 4.0L Harness? and more posted by Paul G on January 30, 2001 at 19:24:34:

Harwood manual covers all the aspects of the swap including the wiring.  He has a whole section devoted to splicing the 5.0 harness into the remaining harness in the truck.  All the 4.0 wires will come out that control the motor so you don't need to splice into that harness.  You need to splice the vehicle speed sensor, fuel pump, inertia switch, etc.  I also have a 91 ranger 4x4 so if you have any questions feel free to ask cuz I just finished the wiring in my truck and I will tell you that the Harwood manual made things a lot easier.  Hope this helps.


From http://www.fordranger.com/V8

Posted by Cobranger on January 20, 2001 at 14:06:42:

In Reply to:  V-8 Ranger swap book posted by matt on January 29, 2001 at 12:21:54:

Matt Harwood's manual is the book you want... Matthew N. Harwood [toolman8@ix.netcom.com] is the email address, $30.  http://www.harwoodperformance.bizland.com/

I bought this book recently and found it to be the most complete and informative resource yet, especially if you are installing a T5 tranny.

    :I am looking for a detailed swap book for when I start my swap.  Who makes the best one and where can I find it?


From http://www.fordranger.com/V8

Posted by Roger on January 14, 2001 at 11:35:05:

I HIGHLY recommend buying the "Ford Ranger EFI V8 Ranger Conversion Manaul" by Matt Harwood!  The insight is worth the cost of the manual (ten fold). I just finished reading it and I must say it's a well mapped walk through of the things you should know before you get started. I have done and redone the swap in my '89 Ranger over the years (each time being "neater" than the last) adding and trying new things (I did it the first time in January 1992). And while having a Ranger that runs 12.5s in the quarter mile on street tires is great, I'm always tinkering with it to make it just a little nicer and neater. So now I am building a '90 with the intention of doing it "right" from the beginning! Anyway, with the knowledge I already have, I can say this book is a VERY good idea! here's a link

From http://www.fordranger.com/V8

Posted by andy on December 13, 2000 at 20:30:40:

The Harwood manual is excellent. If anyone has problems with the swap especially the wiring this is the book for you. Great job Matt!!

From http://www.fordranger.com/V8

Posted by Gearhead on December 13, 2000 at 03:33:22:

FORD V8 engine... Ranger installs

hey hey my fellow swappers [or wanna bes]... im here with some more GOOD NEWS for you folks... now available by one of our own... a complete yes... ""COMPLETE A-Z RANGER V8 CONVERSION MANUAL"" for most ranger conversions... cool eh! yah i thought so too
so dont make me repeat myself here... give matt harwood at harood performance engineering a try... im sure you sont be disappointed... and no i dont even know the man but geesh its close to christmas and he could use the bucks and you can use the info! [lol]

From http://www.fordranger.com/V8

Posted by Dave on December 13, 2000 at 17:53:26:

In Reply to: Have you read the Harwood manual yet? posted by Cobranger on December 13, 2000 at 08:53:10:

I ordered mine two weeks ago and got it yesterday. Went thru it last night and it does look good.  Well written with pictures and diagrams. Well worth the money rather than having to struggle thru it, especially the wiring.

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