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Old 08-26-2012, 08:11 AM
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Default Have You Ever? -Diesel Rangers

Well, have you ever made a Ranger into a diesel? have you ever seen a diesel Ranger? If so, what mods did it have?
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Old 08-26-2012, 08:52 AM
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have you searched for the diesel swap threads on here? there are a few. and ford made a diesel ranger briefly.
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Old 08-26-2012, 08:54 AM
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have you searched?
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:14 AM
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US diesel ranger: 1984-1986
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:56 AM
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i have a 1983 diesel ranger. came with it stock
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:06 AM
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I wish mine was diesel - oh the joy it would bring - smoking out all the a-holes in traffic!!!!
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:25 AM
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I wish mine was diesel - oh the joy it would bring - smoking out all the a-holes in traffic!!!!
I wouldn't want to own a 80s diesel ranger. Diesels are nothing without turbochargers.
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:29 AM
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For a diesel to be economically feasible, you must drive it at least 100,000 miles a year. It cost too much too operate, lubricate, filter, dewax, water filter, plus injector maintenance and the intial amortized premium cost of the diesel to be viable, otherwise.
It's no cakewalk, unless you put on huge mileage.
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:54 AM
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100k? i'll have to sell my 7.3 since i only put 50k on it last year.
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Old 08-26-2012, 03:14 PM
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So easy to make a glib misinformed statement. Crunch the numbers and you will see what the entire automotive world knows about diesel costs.


And no one suggested you sell your diesel.... but you know best. But please, I am talking about a diesel in a Ranger and you changed the subject to a big F350.

I had a 2001 F350 7.3 superduperduty diesel dualie because I needed a rig for towing cattle. The first issue was towing ability and I knew the cost of the engine would not be amortized during my ownership period. Additionally, the cost of running and maintaining that diesel was significant but it did the work and did it well.
But no one with any sense buys a little Ranger with its light weight and short wheelbase to do serious towing so the need for a diesel is moot in the U.S.A.
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Old 08-26-2012, 03:31 PM
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my uncle has a 99 or 00 7.3 F250 he really only uses over the summer and a few times during the winter...he wouldnt trade it for the world...loves how it does pulling his camper
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Old 08-27-2012, 02:46 AM
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"But no one with any sense buys a little Ranger with its light weight and short wheelbase to do serious towing so the need for a diesel is moot in the U.S.A."

Exactly why would a North American want power and fuel efficiency in the same vehicle with an unlimited amount of Middle Eastern oil that needs to be burnt at an attrocious price. The rest of world needs to have their head examined.
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:08 AM
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"But no one with any sense buys a little Ranger with its light weight and short wheelbase to do serious towing so the need for a diesel is moot in the U.S.A."

Exactly why would a North American want power and fuel efficiency in the same vehicle with an unlimited amount of Middle Eastern oil that needs to be burnt at an attrocious price. The rest of world needs to have their head examined.
Towing capacity just doesn't have to do with the engine. You need a thicker frame, better suspension, and way better brakes. Not to mention diesels weigh a lot. You can tow more than 5,700 lbs with a SOHC. I've don't it before. But like I said, my rear end was scraping the ground, an I had to push the brake pedal to the floor to stop. Ford wouldn't make a diesel ranger with upgraded everything because it would hurt F-150 sales.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:32 AM
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Default Re: Have You Ever? -Diesel Rangers

this is a funny thread. if i had my 1983 diesel ranger running, i'd drive it daily.

during it's service, it was low maintenance, cheap to own, and cheap to drive. it got in the 30mpg range all the time! it was an excellent farm truck/daily driver.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:26 AM
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Every diesel my family has ever owned has been low maintenance. Save for oil, oil filters, and fuel filters, they haven't needed anything else. I have no idea where this "high cost of maintenance" idea comes from. Sure, if an injector, lift pump, fuel pump, turbo, etc. goes out, it'll cost a good bit to replace them, but they're so durable, that you won't likely have to worry about that so long as you keep up with the aforementioned filter and oil maintenance and take care of the engine as you should. Yes, the initial cost of buying the engine is more and we all see that the fuel itself cost more, but if you're really using the engine, you'll get those costs back. The Cummins that I use for work every day has the BARE minimum of maintenance done to it. I actually have to tell my supervisor when I think that it's time for that truck to get serviced, but every morning, it fires right up without a hitch and pulls those semi trailers around with no struggle. That said, these newer diesels with all of their emissions equipment do have the potential to cost the owner a good bit of money. EGR coolers, particulate filters, unit injectors, etc. ain't cheap. That's just a risk you take when buying one of those.
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