Another question, is the majority of the parts that are currently on my 2000 going to be able to match up when I install the 2.3 head. Like the ignition for instance, is the 2.3L going to have 8 spark plugs or just four? Thanks
So I've researched around and can get a completely rebuild 2.3 head online for about $330.
I was hoping to pick you brain about the route I should take with the repair. Should I get parts that are for my 2000 model year or the year I take the rebuilt head from (1997)? I saw that the only problem you ran into was the different bolt size on the thermostat housing. If I have the same issue I will probably just drill out the housing to accommodate the bolts.
I do not have another ranger to pull parts off of, I just wanted to buy new or get them from a wrecker/junk yard. What parts am I going to need in order to do this type of switch over?
Thank you in advance for the help and advise. Thank you for posting on the thread, it's really helped out and made me feel good about finally fixing this seemingly common problem.
Hi juice455, I've been following the thread that you posted on about the ranger that was missing and you finally took the head off and found out about the recessed valves. I believe I am having the same problem with my Ranger as well. I have a 2000 Ranger 2.5L XLT and am thinking about doing the same repair that you did. Take the 2.5 out and put in a 2.3 head from an earlier year. My truck has the exact same symptoms that yours was having, fine while driving on the freeway or under constant load, but as soon as I come up to a stop sign or light, it'll run like crap, miss, bog down and almost die. It has died on me a couple of times with the same symptoms.
I have to send you a second message to stay under the 1000 word cap. Thanks