Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts!

Go Back   Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts! > >
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Welcome to Ford Ranger Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread

  #1  
Old 07-01-2013, 05:17 PM
JA23 JA23 is offline
Learning to use the forums
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 2
Default 1990 2.3 5spd

Hello my name is Jason and I am new to the Ranger community. I have inherited a 1990 Ranger 2.3 5spd. It has been sitting for some years now and from what I was told it has leaks. I am planning on using the truck to pull a small trailer (6x9) and mower(walk behind) also as my everyday driver. My grandfather and I always talked about doing a swap for a 5.0. But in all reality I don't know if that is reasonable at this time considering my budget and gas prices. So I am thinking of going with the 4.0. But not knowing what all this will involve I am trying to see what some experienced people would recommend so maybe I can save myself a headache. Which year 4.0 is best for this application? Will I need tranny as well? Thanks in advance!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-01-2013, 05:20 PM
ford4thot ford4thot is offline
2019 SSVT Ford 'Maro
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 14,255
Default Re: 1990 2.3 5spd

Welcome!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-01-2013, 06:08 PM
dfpgnm dfpgnm is offline
wysiwyg
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 908
Default Re: 1990 2.3 5spd

Welcome. I would hold off on the engine swap until you've gotten used to the truck. The 2.3 ain't so bad, and gets better mpg than the 4.0. Take care of all the other stuff first (LEAKS) and brakes and suspension and such. A truck that's been sitting will take some loving care to get through the first year.
__________________
98 XLT 3.0 manual 4x4 standard cab 6ft bed
RTFM!!!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-01-2013, 07:48 PM
JA23 JA23 is offline
Learning to use the forums
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 2
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dfpgnm View Post
Welcome. I would hold off on the engine swap until you've gotten used to the truck. The 2.3 ain't so bad, and gets better mpg than the 4.0. Take care of all the other stuff first (LEAKS) and brakes and suspension and such. A truck that's been sitting will take some loving care to get through the first year.
I learned how to drive a 5spd on this truck and love it. I just don't know if the motor is built to be pulling anything. So why put money into it if im just going to tear it up ya know. I just figured it would be less wear and tear on the 4.0. And my money well spent. Idk

----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by ford4thot View Post
Welcome!
Thanks!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
1990 ranger, 2.3, 4.0, engine swap, need advice

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hi there! new here 03 v6 3.0 5spd raulrivis Introduce Yourself 4 01-20-2013 11:44 AM
For Trade: F/T 1990 Lifted Ranger, 33's, Pro Comp Suspension, 4cly, 5spd. NotEveryBodyLikesUs Trucks 0 05-13-2011 10:25 PM
For Trade: 1990 Lifted Ranger. 2.3, modified rear end. Custom Stereo. 5spd. NotEveryBodyLikesUs Trucks 0 12-28-2010 03:32 PM
For Sale: 1990 Ranger Lifted on 33's, 4cyl 5spd. FS/FT NotEveryBodyLikesUs Trucks 5 12-05-2010 03:42 PM
would 1990 JEEP wheels fit 1990 ford ranger 4x4? bears4ever Wheels and Tires 3 11-30-2008 08:02 AM