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Old 07-14-2010, 12:54 PM
paulgermain paulgermain is offline
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Default engine swap between different years

Hi, I have a questions.
I have no ranger for now, but I can have 2 mitsubishi 2.3 Turbo diesel engine and tranny from the 80's for cheap.
I would like to know if I can put one in a newer ranger generation. (around 1998-2000..)
Are the engine and tranny mount the same?
I need it to be 4x4.
If I get a complete 4x4 2.3 Turbo diesel Ranger, Would it be easier for the swap?

I don't want to go cummins 4bt, or mercedes. I think the 2.3 mitsubishi would be the easiest way to go.

Paul
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Old 07-14-2010, 04:24 PM
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Default Re: engine swap between different years

well ranger used to have that engine offered. I guess if can get some of the electrical system of a diesel ranger if should be easier. I think the problem would be the PATS.
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:39 AM
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Default Re: engine swap between different years

I don't think the truck anti-theft is a problem, cause the old 4d55 2.3 diesel don't have ecu, or electrical system. This is not a problem for me.
I can even use a push button to start the engine if the key is a problem.

The information I'm looking for is more like if the engine and tranny from a first generation 2.3 turbo diesel ranger will bolt to the engine mount, driveshaft, transfercase, ect.. of a 3rd or 4th generation 4x4 Ranger.

I can even have a complete 1986 4x4 diesel ranger for parts.

I know it will be very underpowered, but there should be some engine upgrades to help

Thanks

Paul
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:58 AM
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Default Re: engine swap between different years

i THINK they used the same mounts for a 2.3l gas as a 2.3l disel but im not sure , as far as frames go there hasent been to much change in them as far as i know so you should be able to make it work fairly easy i dont know if the older cross memebers fit newer frames or not youll just have to get under there and take some measurements
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:05 PM
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Default Re: engine swap between different years

Hey guys I saw your exchange about Ranger diesel swaps. I have a 1987 Ranger 2.3 diesel. I'm having a tough time finding motor mounts. I need both mounts for a 2wd. Some of the parts places show that the gas and diesel mounts are the same. I have not found that to be so. The diesel and gas mounts are different and the 2wd and 4wd diesel mounts are different. They are also obsolete! If anyone knows of any 2WD diesel mounts new or used, I would be humble and greatful to find out where. If anyone knows where I can have my present mounts remolded with rubber or polyurethane, I would also be greatful. Good luck on the engine swap. You may need to do some modifications.
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:38 AM
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Default Re: engine swap between different years

given the information that Preston has posted, putting that engine into a 98+ Ranger is not going to be a bolt-in affair. Either would have to adapt the mitsu mounts to the Ranger chasis, or Ranger mounts to the Mitsu engine, which ever would be easiest.
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