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Old 12-19-2010, 03:04 PM
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Default 2.8L help

dont know where to posts this hopefully its in the correct place

currently i own a 1985 ranger wit the 2.8 V6
i get about 10 MPG which sucks
the gear tourque converter is going out on it would replacing that get me better gas milege s im tired of filling every 100-150 miles sicne i only got the 10 gal gas tank love the truck hate the miles i get on it
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:36 AM
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Default Re: 2.8L help

Is your trans slipping really bad or something? I do know those feedback carb systems on the 2.8Ls were junk. Some swap in a duraspark dist/module and put on a Holley carb, but wouldn't recommend unless you wanted to take the time to learn how to tweak in the dist and carb. Too many times I see people posting timing and carb problems with no willingness to set down and read about it and diagnose themselves.. A lot easier to do if you know how it works and know why they did things they way that they did.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:30 AM
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no trans is not slipping but it makes a noise and its heavy on the start where i have asked friend's,shop etc i have been told the same thing that the gear tourque converter is going out that sooner re later it wont go into gear i wouldn't like ot put on a holley carb as they are cleaner as saw a picture here they are much cleaner and none of those sensors or return valves but do need to learn a bit more about them
i would apreaciate all help i can get as i am already in 500 dollars that it cost me to rebuild the motor heads block etc
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Old 12-21-2010, 02:17 PM
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probably getting that torque converter replaced is going to be the best place to start and go from there if it needs immediate attention. Might not even need to consider going duraspark (it's not very cheap). Might do some diagnostics on what you have to see if you can figure it out.

My 5L has a duraspark dist & GM HEI ignition module w/ a Holley 4160 4bbl aftermarket cam GT40 heads and gets better mileage than that poor thing. Be sure to keep an eye on the oil level, using that much gas I would suspect there is gas in the oil.
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:20 PM
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been checking oils nothing in them but oil
the motor got rebuilt a couple months ago the block got redone and the heads were worked on again A/C works everything works fine just gas milege sucks and only thing thats wrong right now that i can hear and see is the gear tourque converted but damn it cost 150 dollars for the part lol s soon as i fix that im putting air bags on it been havign a hard decision if i should put a lift kit or drop it

maybe raplacing the jets would help?
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:49 PM
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Default Re: 2.8L help

probably the only person on this site whos done a Duraspark conversion....

i highly recommend it

its very easy and can be done in less than a day
and if you do your research first and scout out the cheapest parts it can be done for less than $200

through some good fortune and knowing people i did mine for less than $120

one thing i recommend is NOT using a holley 350
just use a non feedback 2150 motocraft carb off an early 80's 302
it will be more than enough for the 2.8 unless yours is built up

got most of my info from here: http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...Duraspark.html

now for your mileage issue...

there is a way to hack your converter and lock it with a toggle switch....which is also explained in the link....it may help your gas mileage a bit until you can get it replaced


personally, with my durasparked 2.8 in my 4x4 using winter gas and mostly city driving in and out of 4wd and 2wd
the best i've been able to squeeze out so far has been 14 mpg
i don't even think thats accurate since i have different size tires and my odometer works when it wants to

the first few weeks after i finished building it, i did get 10 but it was mostly because i couldn't keep my foot out of it

i'm willing to bet the converter is your main issue....if its slipping your just wasting gas while it spools up
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