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Old 08-31-2017, 10:42 PM
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Default Ford Courier 1800 engine RPM Redline

Please no flaming. I have been looking all over the web and can't find my answer. My Haynes manual didn't specify either. So I'm not sure what I hope to hear.

But, I recently added a 1975 Ford Courier to my garage. I've been getting it running after sitting for 16 years in a garage in NM. My 16 year old will be driving it so I want to add a tach giving her a clear limit not to exceed. But I can't find what the redline should be anywhere. Please help if you can.

It was made by Mazda and I know the later 2.2 liter engines redline at 5500. So lacking any better info, I'll set it at 5000 and call it good.
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Old 09-01-2017, 02:54 AM
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Default Re: Ford Courier 1800 engine RPM Redline

WTH!!! a COURIER reallllllllly on our Ranger Forum !!!????

LOL Just kidding

I would say a 5K set point is fine from what I have read ( provided it has the same stock engine as it came with.




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When the Courier was introduced, it came standard with a 1.8-liter overhead-cam engine, which produced 74 hp (55 kW) at 5,070 rpm, and 92 lb-ft (125 Nm) at 3,500 rpm. A four-speed manual transmission was standard, and a three-speed automatic was optional. A five-speed manual option was introduced for the 1976 model year.
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Old 09-01-2017, 05:07 AM
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Default Re: Ford Courier 1800 engine RPM Redline

Those were good little trucks. If you do any freeway driving, you'll want to find a 5-speed to stuff in there as they get pretty wound up going freeway speeds. It has the power for another gear, but there isn't one to shift into.
Most were et up by rust a long time ago. NM must be kinder on Japan steel. The valves are adjustable if there's more tap than you think is proper. Don't put in thin oil if you take it someplace for an oil change, I think it needs at least 10W30, and if tired, maybe 20W40. It was not designed for 5W20/5W30 and may not like it.
Other than the above, I don't remember any real bad faults. I think it has a timing chain instead of a ribbed belt, but am not sure if it has a manual tension adjustment. Owners manual?
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Old 09-01-2017, 03:31 PM
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Default Re: Ford Courier 1800 engine RPM Redline

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WTH!!! a COURIER reallllllllly on our Ranger Forum !!!????

LOL Just kidding

I would say a 5K set point is fine from what I have read ( provided it has the same stock engine as it came with.




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When the Courier was introduced, it came standard with a 1.8-liter overhead-cam engine, which produced 74 hp (55 kW) at 5,070 rpm, and 92 lb-ft (125 Nm) at 3,500 rpm. A four-speed manual transmission was standard, and a three-speed automatic was optional. A five-speed manual option was introduced for the 1976 model year.

74 hp and 92 lb/ft or torque would require running up to redline almost all the time. LOL
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Old 09-03-2017, 06:54 PM
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74 hp and 92 lb/ft or torque would require running up to redline almost all the time. LOL
Yeah both my Harley and Honda goldwing had more power lol.
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Old 09-05-2017, 03:52 PM
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Thanks for all the responses. Yes it still has the mighty 1.8L straight 4. My wife's great grandfather bought it brand new and took great care of it. And it was garaged since day one in either New Mexico or Colorado. Of course all the rubber parts were completely disintegrated.
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Old 09-05-2017, 04:12 PM
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yeah it seems to be in great condition for the year.

When I worked on those trucks many years ago they all were wore out junk and I hated them mainly because of the owners would run them into the ground and a thousand things would be wrong with it yet the one new noise would drive them nuts and insisted I find and fix the one problem yet ignore everything else.
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Old 09-06-2017, 12:32 PM
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Of course don't forget the single wall bed........not a great idea.
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