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Old 07-17-2011, 03:43 PM
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Default Possible 1st gen 2.3 2wd project truck, need some input

Ok guys, my dads got a mid 80's carbed 2.3 standard cab 2wd ranger in his junk yard behind his shop that I was eyeing the other day and he said it needs a carb and some floorboards (rusted out) and I can have it if I want it. The 30 mile round trip to work everyday has been killing me on gas driving my F-150 and my Ranger so Ive been considering a beater DD that gets a bit better mileage to get me to work and back. Question is, will this truck get any better mileage than what Im getting already (15-16 AVG) with my other trucks? Ive searched around and havent seen any realistic MPG numbers for the carbed 2.3 2wd trucks. I know the truck is a manual but I didnt even notice if its even a 5 speed or 4 speed. (i thought I remembered the older rangers having 4 speeds) Anyways, any advice I can get from anyone with one of these trucks, Im not as familiar with the older carbed 1st gens as I am the newer Rangers. Thanks in advance for any help with this.


PS. No I dont have any pics of it. lol
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Old 07-17-2011, 04:02 PM
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Default Re: Possible 1st gen 2.3 2wd project truck, need some input

I had a 93 2.3, it was fuel injected but the gas mielage was great. I think its worth a shot man!!
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Old 07-17-2011, 04:08 PM
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I want a 1st Gen project truck!!
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Old 07-17-2011, 04:46 PM
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I had a 93 2.3, it was fuel injected but the gas mielage was great. I think its worth a shot man!!
I know the FI 2.3's can get decent mileage but I just dont know about the carbed 2.3's, especially if its only got a 4 speed.

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I want a 1st Gen project truck!!
yeah, i love the gen 1 body style.
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-James Duff traction bars
-Headers
-Flowmaster duals
-SCT X-Cal2 and some small exterior mods

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Old 07-18-2011, 12:26 PM
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bump....

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-4:56 gears
-Auburn gear LS
-James Duff traction bars
-Headers
-Flowmaster duals
-SCT X-Cal2 and some small exterior mods

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2321189

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Old 07-18-2011, 12:47 PM
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Default Re: Possible 1st gen 2.3 2wd project truck, need some input

Here you go good buddy!

http://www.aboutautomobile.com/Fuel/...ger+Pickup+2WD
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:00 PM
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Awesome thank you sir! ive been looking all over for that!

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Im surprised to see 20 MPG rating with a carbureted 2.3 with a 4 speed manual. If that is at all accurate thats decent.
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-33x12.5 BFG KM2's on Mickey Thomson classic locks
-4:56 gears
-Auburn gear LS
-James Duff traction bars
-Headers
-Flowmaster duals
-SCT X-Cal2 and some small exterior mods

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2321189

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Old 07-18-2011, 01:02 PM
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Awesome thank you sir! ive been looking all over for that!

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Im surprised to see 20 MPG rating with a carbureted 2.3 with a 4 speed manual. If that is at all accurate thats decent.
I see the 4 speed at an EPA rating of 22, yet the 5 speed shows a rating of 20? WTF?
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:08 PM
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I see the 4 speed at an EPA rating of 22, yet the 5 speed shows a rating of 20? WTF?
yeah thats odd.

Im hoping someone can chime in here with some real world mileage numbers before I put any money into it to get it going.
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-33x12.5 BFG KM2's on Mickey Thomson classic locks
-4:56 gears
-Auburn gear LS
-James Duff traction bars
-Headers
-Flowmaster duals
-SCT X-Cal2 and some small exterior mods

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2321189

2005 F-150 Lariat 4x4
-LED third brake light
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-Edge tuner
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:18 PM
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Default Re: Possible 1st gen 2.3 2wd project truck, need some input

swap in a 2.3 duratec lol
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:30 PM
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Default Re: Possible 1st gen 2.3 2wd project truck, need some input

Ask Justin I think his first gen was a carb'd 2.3.
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Old 07-22-2011, 01:05 PM
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UPDATE! I stopped by the shop to get more info about the truck, turns out its an 83 (i was a year old when this truck was made. lol) with the 2.0, not the 2.3 and its for sure a 4 speed manual. The previous owner rebuilt the engine not long before they gave the truck to my dad so the motor is fresh but it needs a carb. I was told a 2.3 carb will fit on the 2.0. from what I can tell it needs the floorboards replaced, (they are see through) a battery, a carb and probably some brake work. It has no vacuum assist brakes and no power steering so this is a bare bones truck for sure.

got some pics




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-RCD Suspension lift
-33x12.5 BFG KM2's on Mickey Thomson classic locks
-4:56 gears
-Auburn gear LS
-James Duff traction bars
-Headers
-Flowmaster duals
-SCT X-Cal2 and some small exterior mods

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2321189

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Old 07-22-2011, 01:17 PM
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Default Re: Possible 1st gen 2.3 2wd project truck, need some input

thats awesome! i would love to have a second truck as a beater
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Old 07-22-2011, 03:30 PM
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That's the exact setup my first Ranger had (2.0, 4 speed, no power anything). Can't wait to see what you do with it!

Oh, and yes a 2.3 carb will work with it. Accidentally ordered one for a 2.3 when I redid the carb on mine.
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Old 07-22-2011, 03:34 PM
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buy it man
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