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Old 09-14-2017, 08:10 PM
bongogeorge bongogeorge is offline
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Default 83 Ranger engine and trans upgrade

I have an 83 Ranger and the body and Chassis are in excellent condition. The 2.3l engine and transmission on the other hand are worn out. I have access to a 2001 Ford Ranger with a good 3.0 l and transmission. Do any of you know if the 3.0 liter in transmission will mount into an 83 Ranger chassis?

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Old 09-15-2017, 07:46 AM
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Default Re: 83 Ranger engine and trans upgrade

I'm quite sure you will need to fabricate adapters to mount the motor but I think that would be the easy part. Wiring the electronic engine controls & pcm would be the time consuming part.

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Old 01-14-2018, 06:44 AM
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Default Re: 83 Ranger engine and trans upgrade

I'm curious how you getting along with your intended swap? If you haven't already done one yet, I would seriously consider an alternative. I was thinking that if I had this generation Ranger with perfect body and Chassis, that I would seriously consider a diesel swap. Most likely a 4bt, or some other diesel Driveline and transmission. It would be about the same amount of work and Fabrication to install a diesel as it would that 4.0 engine trans combo you considered.
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Old 01-14-2018, 07:38 AM
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Default Re: 83 Ranger engine and trans upgrade

If you can use the wiring from the donor truck it maybe do able
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Old 01-15-2018, 03:37 PM
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Default Re: 83 Ranger engine and trans upgrade

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I'm curious how you getting along with your intended swap? If you haven't already done one yet, I would seriously consider an alternative. I was thinking that if I had this generation Ranger with perfect body and Chassis, that I would seriously consider a diesel swap. Most likely a 4bt, or some other diesel Driveline and transmission. It would be about the same amount of work and Fabrication to install a diesel as it would that 4.0 engine trans combo you considered.
He still only has one post so I assume he figured out that the swap would be a clusterfock.
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