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Old 12-10-2010, 01:09 AM
dbernie dbernie is offline
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Default 4 cyl swap

New to forum.
Would like some more opinions.
Live out in the country, drive like a grandpa.
Power not an issue.
Finallly got an 88 w/V6 and manual trans, a 4x4 also.
Due to medical reasons, I want to:
Swap it for a 4-cyl auto trans, probably carbureted.
Need the auto trans as shoulders/neck screwed up.
Would that be WAY underpowered?
I'm of the understanding I can do a few simple mods and gain a little HP out of the 4-cyl, if necessary.
Is that correct, stock ok, major mods necessary to power the auto and 4x4?
I don't need Air Conditioning, but do need to tax the engine with power steering as well.
Checked axle ratio, but can't recall at the moment.
Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:27 PM
WildlandFirefighter WildlandFirefighter is offline
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Default Re: 4 cyl swap

My 85 4x4 was converted over to a 4cylinder from a v6......I don't know much about it but I think they used the same transmission...
1979 Ford F150 4X4, 7.5L, C6, 38s Super Swampers TSL

1978 Ford Courier 4x4, 2.3L carbed, 5 spd manual, dry-rotted tires

1985 Ford Ranger 4x4, 2.3L FI, 5 spd manual, 29s Power Kings

1990 Ford Bronco 4x4, 4.9L, 5 spd manual, 31s Maxxis Bighorns
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Old 12-19-2010, 01:26 AM
jfive jfive is offline
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Default Re: 4 cyl swap

you would want the C3 or C5 transmission, but not sure they came in a 4x4. I think most 4cly where manuals. I'd just look for an auto for the v6. 4x4 2.3s are very rare. Not sure why ford didn't make more of them. Newer fuel injected ones have a4ld transmissions, but same thing, not sure how many where 4x4.
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