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Old 03-08-2013, 11:28 AM
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Default 1988 2.3 Block Compatibility Question.

Hi, I'm new here, I signed up primarily to ask this question, but I hope to get the truck running and be able to use all of the other awesome information on the site.

Basically I was given a 1988 4cyl Fuel Injected 5 speed manual Ford Ranger, the outer block is cracked, It's a large crack. The truck runs great as long as it holds water, which isn't for long. No water in the oil etc.

I'm not a mechanic, my dad is. He charged me with finding the replacement parts(either block or entire engine) and said he'd install them for me.

I'm having great difficulty finding the same make and model with the same 2.3L engine setup(I think the 4 cyls with fuel injection are 2.3, the ones with carburetors are 2.0).

So to sum it up my questions are: Which models can I take just a block from if I find a junked truck?

Which models could I use the entire engine from with minimal modification?

Which engine should I order if I opt to buy a whole new engine?

And my dad mentioned something about valves and seals if I just swapped blocks, anything I should know relating or similar to this? (kits, etc)

Anyway thanks for your help and I hope I posted this in the right place.

Jerry
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:59 PM
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Default Re: 1988 2.3 Block Compatibility Question.

The 2.3 block in the 88 mustang is the same. Some of the mustang engines were turbo charged and had stronger internals.
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:57 AM
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The only thing different in a turbo motor is the pistons and they are of a lower compression.rods,crank etc are the same.You can use a block from 88 to 94 out of either a ranger,t,bird,granada or mustang.2.0 were also fuel injected so you can't go by Remanufactured.com list your motor for $1100 plus freight which isn't to bad but can probably find one in a yard cheaper.Where are you from?
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:23 AM
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Thanks for the responses, they will be very helpful. I live in Wilmington, North Carolina. We have a pull it yourself junkyard here, and now that I have more models of vehicles to look for my chances of finding a block have improved. They list entire engines at $300, so that should be the most I'll have to pay, then I'll see what else might nickel and dime me during the install process. If all goes well, I'm hoping to put it on the road for less than $500, with my father and I doing all the labor. If the project exceeds that, I may consider junking it out to recoup my losses. Any more advice is welcome, ideally I could find something with a completely identical engine just for the swappable parts should we find something else that needs to be done.
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:38 AM
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The only thing different in a turbo motor is the pistons and they are of a lower compression.rods,crank etc are the same.You can use a block from 88 to 94 out of either a ranger,t,bird,granada or mustang.2.0 were also fuel injected so you can't go by Remanufactured.com list your motor for $1100 plus freight which isn't to bad but can probably find one in a yard cheaper.Where are you from?
Is the block from the 2.0 compatible with the 2.3?

Sorry if some of these things should be obvious to me, I do try to google, but mostly you get people trying to sell you things when you search car parts. I know a lot of the terms, and have some idea of how things work, just not much. My dad always fixed up his own cars(mostly muscle cars when I was younger, pick-ups now that I'm older) I handed him tools and sometimes turned a wrench. It was mustangs, novas, and mustangs when I was a kid, now he's all about his f150. I also own a 1992 5.0 mustang, which is my main vehicle. I manage the oil changes, filter changes, even plugs and plug wires, but when I need something like a new pressure plate for the clutch, I gotta call in my dad
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:38 AM
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The 2.0 is compatible(the same years apply) but you would have to use the 2.0 short block as the bore is smaller but stroke is the same.Just not as powerful.I would think if you can buy a engine for $300,you shouldn't have to get much more,oil filters etc.I have seen guys grind out a crack in the block,epoxy it and run it with the rad cap loose so it won't build up pressure,might last a long time
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:46 AM
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You could have the crack welded.
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:34 PM
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You could have the crack welded.
Thank you for reminding me of that, it is a very large crack, 8 inches or more, but when I get the engine out I will carry it to a welder and see what he thinks, and what it would cost. I originally tried JB Weld until I realized the size of the crack. If a weld would hold for even a year it might make it worth it. The truck is in rough shape cosmetically, but it only has 90,000 miles on it, so replacing the engine may give me a vehicle with little to no other major problems for awhile. I expect to have to replace some lines and hoses, and we're gonna check the brakes, otherwise I think I may have something decent for cheap.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:57 AM
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I just got the title to the truck, and it says 1986

Now I feel very dumb, I was told it was an 88, I thought I had checked the door and saw that it was an 88. I have to get back up to where I'm keeping it to verify, but it's been awhile so I may be wrong.

Is there a big change, or are the same engines going to be compatible?

Sorry for the mistake.
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:28 PM
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Default Re: 1988 2.3 Block Compatibility Question.

in my oppinion if your trying to make a mudder/trail rider go with the 2.0block/motor and bore it out and go from there, iv personally had nothing but problems with the 2.3carb motors and also the fuel injected ones. unless your getting a early 90's to mid 90's 2.3
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:51 PM
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just outta curiousity is it 4x4?ext cab? ever considering puttin a 4.0l in it? damn good motors,good power...just a thought
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:57 AM
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Default Re: 1988 2.3 Block Compatibility Question.

Honestly I just want the truck for fishing and camping. I want to be able to slap a camper on the back and keep all of my gear out of the rain. Power is not really an issue, I just want it to run. I may drive it back and forth to work if it proves to be a lot better on gas than my 5.0 mustang.

Thanks again.
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:16 PM
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in my oppinion if your trying to make a mudder/trail rider go with the 2.0block/motor and bore it out and go from there, iv personally had nothing but problems with the 2.3carb motors and also the fuel injected ones. unless your getting a early 90's to mid 90's 2.3
I have never had any major problems from any of the lima engines, 2.0 2.3 or 2.5, all of mine have been rock solid.
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