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RangerJake
01-26-2011, 12:24 PM
Hi,
I have decided, with the help of other members of this forum, to replace the 2.3 L l4 in my 1983 Ranger with a v8. Would anyone know the biggest engine size that will fit into an '83 Ranger?

Psychopete
01-26-2011, 12:50 PM
Depends on how much money you have and your definition of something fitting. Best bet would be to research what others have installed so you that you have some notion if you can complete the project with whatever engine you end up wanting to put in.

RangerJake
01-26-2011, 01:19 PM
Ok, thank you!

Psychopete
01-26-2011, 02:17 PM
There's dalpilot on this forum that has a diesel that is worth checking out. BigBlockRanger - http://www.bigblockranger.com - 545ci big block. Also guys with 4.6L/5.4L, etc. Seems most common is the 5.0L. 351w would be bad ass. Also have seen a 351M BII, those things are monsters as far as size.

mkrvgoalie
01-27-2011, 07:48 AM
351w would be bad ass.

agreed...there is no replacement for displacement :driver:

RangerJake
01-28-2011, 08:51 PM
(Pshcopete) I was looking at the 351s, 350s (not much difference to the 351), and 300s (Well, I will look at these). I was hoping to get maybe a 350 or something around that. I don't think a 545 will fit in the not-so-big angine compartment on my '83.

Thanks for your input!

Psychopete
01-29-2011, 08:02 AM
(Pshcopete) I was looking at the 351s, 350s (not much difference to the 351), and 300s (Well, I will look at these). I was hoping to get maybe a 350 or something around that. I don't think a 545 will fit in the not-so-big angine compartment on my '83.

Thanks for your input!

It will! BBR put that 545 (460 stroker) in a Gen-1. :) Length is a big issue tho, width is good, until you get into headers..

350 chevy would be a good choice also. 327 would be cool too. Had one in an old '85 Grand Prix - my avatar is that 327 I put in.

Read this though, It's amazing how much of a difference heads will make.

http://www.carcraft.com/techarticles/116_0307_ford_302_v8_engine_buildup/index.html

RangerJake
01-30-2011, 08:36 AM
Well, I don't have enough money (at the point) to buy and install a 545... I also may not be able to handle the power of a 545. I think I will stick with a 350 or 327.

thanks,
Jake

Goose172
02-06-2011, 07:29 AM
This should help you out... http://www.therangerstation.com/tech_library/V8Conversions.html ... Has information on about everything you would need... even part #'s.

RangerJake
02-09-2011, 06:57 PM
Thank you! I'll check that out!