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Old 02-05-2015, 01:46 PM
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Default merkur 89 2.3 turbo

I have a line on a merkur 2.3 liter turbo motor that's the exact same year as my little Ford Ranger. Is this motor a straight across bolt up? can anyone help me with the information I might need on this site to bolt 1 into my ranger?
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:52 PM
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Default Re: merkur 89 2.3 turbo

Yep it will pretty much bolt in but you may need the computer and harness. Where the exhaust bolts to the turbo exhaust outlet is a little higher and further forward I believe.
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Old 02-14-2015, 12:04 AM
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Default Re: merkur 89 2.3 turbo

Thanks for responding. I looked at the motor and it's a turd. So I'm swapping the same model year 2.3 into it instead. I guess i'll keep the core and build it. If I had time I'd go through the Merkur motor and swap this and that to get a working motor out of the two. I don't though. I need it to run.
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:57 PM
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Default Re: merkur 89 2.3 turbo

I have a buddy that has an entire '92 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 5 speed He said he would sell me the engine (with harness and ECU) and transmission for $500. Thought I'd find a 4 cylinder Ranger without a lot of rust (hard to find up here in Ohio), or a 3.0 4X4 5 speed and pull the V6 and swap in the 2.3.

I want the better MPG from a 4 and the 2.3 should make as much HP as the 3.0 (if not more).

He also said he would help me do the swap, or he was thinking of putting the 2.3 in his VW sandrail.
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