Ok, well I posted some pics and things and questions that were going on with this truck in some other pages, so I figured Ill put it all in one build thread. Bought the truck initially to drive around while I turbo my civic. I am growing fond of this little guy. And for 350 bux I couldn't say no. Drove it home knowing it was running on only 3 cylinders. Got it home checked out the wiring and found a wire that must have been rubbing and broke in half. Well that made it fire on all 4's.
Ignition is all messed up. Gotta use a flathead to grab the teeth on the ignition actuator to start at the moment.
She was a dirty mess when I pulled her out
So I ordered a full gasket set for the truck off ebay for only $30 shipped. Pulled the head off and found 3 light score marks in number 2 cylinder. So I pulled the piston and rod out and found this:
So in my quickness and not enough research I bought a 95 ranger 2.3 motor to find out it was the first year without the hole for distributor. So in my fury I brought to myself, I said screw it and just yanked the pistons/rods out of the 95 motor and just slapped them into the 87 motor. Being a little weary about this I said whatever its gotta work better then the old ones did.
Also added the 95 ranger aluminum oil pan. Supposedly the one that came with the truck is an 85 or 86 pan with the 4 piece gasket. No thank you. Added the 95 clutch and flywheel also cause it was in better shape.
As clean as shes gonna get:
Not too bad of an install by myself. Took about 15-20 minutes to have her sitting on the mounts.
Get her all wired up, fluids in and ready to go. I get a buzz from the starter! The bendix stopped engaging. Bought a cheapo $50 autozone starter, put it in, the bendix works but the motor wouldn't spin! Now really mad, go back to autozone, the guy gave me the next one up $75 one as a strait swap. Put her in and she fired right up.
I gotta say, she runs smooth. Idles great, doesn't leak a drop of oil. I think the valve guide seals are leaking a little though. I was just being lazy and in a rush so I didn't touch the head. But at the moment I'm definitely pleased with my purchase. As of right now I'm up to about $1000 all together with parts/engine/vehicle.