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Old 06-20-2013, 09:33 PM
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Hey Guys,

I've built a little camper trailer, I rebuilt a motorcycle, now, I want to build a turbo diesel Ranger. It's my next and biggest project yet. I've done research, and the 4D55 sounded like the best option. I'm sure there will be a couple guys roam in here and compare it to the 4BT.. but their is no comparison. It's half the weight, almost half the displacement. I'm not out to build a race car, I'm out to build a solid, reliable, efficient and comfortable 4x4 capable truck. I'm actually a little further than I'm sure I'll post tonight and the next several days, I lost a bunch of pictures, and the ones I have now are scattered so I'm trying to sort through them, and present them in a sequential order.

So the story goes.. I set out to get an engine for the project. I found one, thought that it had everything (it didn't) and had a heck of a time finding parts for the swap. Brian, a friend that lives up in Canada saved my butt and donated some of the parts I needed to complete my swap (various pulleys..etc). He uses these engines on his boat, and customizes much of his accessories and various parts to suit his needs. With his help, I was able to sort out a rough idea of what I was getting myself into. I also had a friend that lived near by, Ethan, who has also been someone for me to run to in the event I run into something that I need some explanation on. I'm no diesel mechanic, I haven't owned a diesel at all, but with the help of these guys, I was ready to move forward.

So here is the Victim! 1994 Ranger with a blown 4.0 OHV - 500$
The day I towed it home:

It is fair shape, the truck had 230,000 miles on it I believe? So it is far from perfect. Didn't bother me, I wasn't going to use any of the drivetrain anyway. No major body damage, and I'm likely to give it a paint job if everything goes as planned. The interior was really bad. I lost pictures of it, but the headliner, torn and saggy, the carpet was actually cut out of the passenger and driver floorboards, seats were bad.. but 500 bucks?! alright, I can work with that!


It didn't take me to long to gut the 4.0 / M50D outa there. I was able to sell them for 250$. Made a little back there.



So, now the heart of the swap. The engine! I tore the head off and was very happy with what I saw, very clean pistons and nice cylinder walls. I don't know how many miles are on the bottom end / engine.. But it looks good from what I can see. Slapped a new Felpro Headgasket on there.




While doing this, I had my injector pump and injectors rebuilt at Seattle Injector. They did a great job.






Anyway, thats all I've got to post tonight, maybe I can post more tomorrow and try to catch you guys up to speed where I'm at. Let me know what you think / questions / input!
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:39 PM
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:41 PM
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:45 PM
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:45 PM
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:47 PM
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:48 PM
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oh yeah diesel ranger gotta see this
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:14 PM
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Damn! you guys are on it! I was about to put the laptop away. I guess I can upload a couple more photo's.

The next thing I had to do was get in and fitted. Had to make sure it was possible. So here is the deal, the 4d55's bellhousing will mate to the FM-145 , FM-146, and the TK5. I Don't want to have to mess around with drivelines / anything any more custom than I have to so I chose the FM-146. The FM-146 is the same length as the M50D (what the truck had originally) so If I used that transmission, I wouldn't have to shorten/lengthen anything and or make transmission cross members. I did have to change the front bearing retainer on the transmission (again no pictures) to accept the FM-145's slave cylinder style. With the transmission and engine mated, I could now drop the engine down into the engine bay, and see where the engine needed to sit. I ended up having to get creative. With the engine sitting where I wanted hoisted by my cherry picker, I used a chunk of dense styrofoam and cut it into the shape of the 4.0 motor mounts I was going to use. I was then able to determine what I needed to use for brackets.. etc. On the driver side, I was lucky, and it lined up with the crossmember. The passenger side was a different story, I had to come up with a bracket and use several grade 8 bolts.











Wiring is going to be a blast!
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:17 PM
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Looks awesome!! Great work so far..got a completion date in mind?
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:22 PM
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:23 PM
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It's likely going to happen in waves, when I have time. A final completion date? No idea. I'm sure there are going to be way to many hurdles between now and then to know for sure. What I can tell you, is when I have time .. I'll be kicking ass.

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Thanks Guys! I'm stoked!
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:33 PM
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:07 AM
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Really cool! i want your pump
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:45 AM
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I want to do a diesel swap so bad, I envy you hah. So I must ask, what machines normally use this diesel engine?
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:39 PM
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Default Re: Project "ForD55" - 4D55 Turbo Diesel - 94 Ranger 4x4

The 4D55 came in a variety of different things:

1985-1987 Ranger (not the 1983-1985 .. that was a N/A Perkins Diesel)
1983-1985 D50 Ram
*Bunch of Overseas Vehicles*

It could also be found in some heavy Mitsubishi forklifts / equip.

The engine I have is an 86 I believe, and they still produce this engine (although much upgraded) in Europe. It is labeled as a 2.5 4D56. All the upgraded components can be fitted on the 4D55.
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