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Old 09-16-2009, 09:54 AM
i0wafarmer13 i0wafarmer13 is offline
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Default 2.9 in an 87?

i have an 87 ranger 2.0 5 spd. recently she decided to start spitting oil all over the place but she continues to run fine as long as i keep dumping oil in her. my queston is: there is a junkyard that is willing to offer me a 2.9 and tranny for $400. is this a good deal and will it fit?
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Old 09-16-2009, 04:58 PM
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2.9L came stock in Ranger/B II from 86 to 92, the later being the last year of 2.9 production.
Yes it will fit!
You will need the engine control module for it and the transmission you get.
You should check out this site before you consider swapping in a 2.9L:
The Ranger Station - Your Ultimate Ranger Resource.
Go check out the tech library, register and visit the forum.
Some where they have an archive that dates back to 99 I think, any way look around there and read about the 2.0 (Lima) and the 2.9 (Cologne).
Next, not knowing anymore about the problem than the fact your 2.0 is puking some oil, but otherwise runs good.
I have to ask where the oil is coming from, front or back?
Replacing a seal or a gasket is way less money and a lot less complicated than swapping in a different engine.
I can tell you this about a 2.9, it is very common for them to have or develop cracked heads, there are a lot of them out there, but they are becoming tougher to find parts for, as they were only produced for 6 years. If you want to swap engines shop around and ask a lot of questions before you go buying another engine, or possibly another problem.
Honestly, I would fix the oil leak and keep the 2.0, it is economically a better choice. Aside from that, I would look for another 2.0 or a 2.3, that would be
a simple swap.
Do some investigating and figure out what you want to do, then let us know.

Ray
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Old 09-25-2009, 03:24 AM
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i have no idea where the oil is coming from. i've replaced the valve cover gasket which had sprung aleak and that definatly slowed it down but she's still pissing oil like no tomorrow. i've decided not to go with the 2.9 because after some research, it will be way easier and cheaper to just pull th 2.0 and fix whats wrong with it. it has bad rings which is causing blow by and i believe that is where the oil is coming from for the most part. all in all i will be saving about 300 dollars by fixing the current engine instead of swapping it for the 2.9. with this economy........
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:56 AM
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I believe you made the correct decision, but before I spent the money rebuilding, I would look around and see what a 2.0 or 2.3 would cost. I just saw one here, central Washington state, a 2.3 in a ASY for $250 complete, running, 76000 miles and very clean, no oil leaks visible.
Just a thought.

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