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Old 06-17-2010, 09:32 PM
gtaylor67 gtaylor67 is offline
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Question Newer engine in 1983???

Hi everyone! My son and I just purchased an 83 that looks like it needs a new motor. Basically too many miles on this one. Looking at prices for a reman'd motor or doing it ourselves has my son thinking he wants to put a used motor in instead. (MAYBE) QUESTION, I can't find a used engine listed anywhere that isn't older than a 1990 (No surprises there) which has me wondering just what I can put in here with little to no hassle?
We currently have the 2.0l 4cyl with the 5sp manual 4x4. Can we keep the tranny and go to a bigger engine, if so how new an engine works with this tranny?

Any help is appreciated...
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:50 PM
dan-e-boy dan-e-boy is offline
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Default Re: Newer engine in 1983???

I have the same trouble, but I have a 2.3 engine, that smokes under a load, other than that no smoke, should I rebuild, buy a remanufactured one, I really want to keep the Old 83 Ranger, but upgrade the motor, can I do it???? or just rebuild, it has a single carb, with distributor, I would like to go distributerless, so I don't have to fool with points, and carb all the time, I don't have a timing light, gave it away years ago, now they are $50 bucks for a cheap one, I have tools, but not really for a rebuild, What say everybody, I'm sure I'm not the only one, Thanks for any help,
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:58 PM
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Default Re: Newer engine in 1983???

5.0 swap.
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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7L Hemi V8 | 4x4 | Crew Cab | Flowmaster Exhaust | SOLD!
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