My 91 LX 4cyl engine is on its last legs. I am tired of putting money
into the engine but the body and top are in great shape so getting rid
of the whole car does not seem like an option. I was thinking of
swapping out the factory engine to the old Ford Ranger diesel. From
research it looks like it should fit. I am not a transmission guy so
that is the only thing I still need to research in detail.
Has anyone tried to do this with success or looked into it?
I am only getting around 20 mpg now and figured with the diesel (even a
refurb) I should get upwards of 27-28.
Hey I am considering taking the 460 out and putting a 6.0L (2003-newer)
Powerstroke turbo diesel engine and automatic transmission into my 1971 Ford
In my 10,000 pound F-450 the engine is very impressive, in a 3,500 pound
Torino it would be really really fun.
For the novelty, not the mileage, can you imagine all the commotion at the
Ford car shows, :-), Just need the right donor truck.
Don't see why it wouldn't fit. I would use the trans that comes from a
to make everything easier.
The biggest problem will be the weight. Diesels are very heavy. Pobably
to a 5.0 V8. Suspension is not a problem, just swap in the V8 parts. But
probably have to beef up the motor mount area.
It would be an expensive project. You'll have to do the math to see if
worth it to you. In our area, diesel costs more than mid grade gasoline.
Have you considered a turbocharged 4 from a Merkur?
Have you ever tried to find Mitsu (2.3L TDI) or Perkins (2.2L) diesel
parts for those Rangers?
Can you live with a vehicle that is umpteen times more of a dog, just
for a few mpgs more?
The idea is thoughtful, but being that I own a Ranger and see the
difficuties those with the diesels face when they do break (and they
will), I would recommend dropping in a better cam and porting/polishing
the head on the 2.3L gasser.
The 2.3L Lima flows HORRENDOUSLY, especially if you have the 8 spark
plug head. Despite that, my Ranger gets mileage close to what a diesel
Ranger gets, if not better, for cheaper cost and better parts
availability. Do what I suggest and you get better power and fuel
mileage. Only if that could have been done at the factory, right?
Parts have been one of my main concerns. It looks like for the desiel
or Merkur I would be living in the pick & pull yards on Saturday. I
guess I still have to sleep on it more and see what I want to do.
Maybe just refurbing the engine I have is the way to go.
I am just glad the car started this morning so I could leave the RAM in
the garage. (Somtimes the starter does not catch and just spins. I need
to inspect the teeth)
Thanks for all the suggestions.
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