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Ford Ranger Engine swap

wayne420wayne420 Posts: 2
edited July 2014 in Ford
I have a 1990 Ranger, Extended cab,5-speed, but motor is messed with high kms. Just woundering if a 2.8 carbuted would bolt in my truck and if i could use the same wire harness. Right now there is a 2.9l fuel injected


  • my basic 06 rangers was totaled. what year and other auto makes like the mazda i'm told, will the engine and automatic transmission fit into ?
  • Youre in luck because Ford has done dick with the Ranger in years. Depending on your configuration, which you didnt mention, you could as far back as 1996ish
  • guestguest Posts: 770
    sorry, its what you they call a " basic " no XL or any of that. 2.3L 4 cylinder automatic. a tin can with wheels.the insurance company totaled it so can't use the body any longer. the cab was caved in but the rest of the truck is brand new. only 5700 miles on it driven by a 70 old. highway miles at that too. bet he never got over 60 mph in it. he's my pop.
  • will the engine and trans.(4cyl.stick) 96 be compatable with 89 (4cyl.stick ) Please advise.
    Both vehicles are ranger pickups GF
  • I dont see why not. Just make sure you swap the pcm over and put a label to indicate this when you do the swap. There have been several upgrades to the engine calibration in that amount of time. Every new year has a new problem. I would pay great amount of detail to the sensors and the wiring harness, as you might have to swap those out due to the introduction of new sensors and what not. So just be on the lookout for sensors that dont have plugs. On the other hand you could just leave those sensors unplugged, since they werent needed in the 89 anyway.
  • I have a'99 ford ranger 3.0L auto 4X4 I was wondering if a 4.0L eng would be an exact{or real close} fit into my 3.0L ranger and what kind of Mods would I have to make?
  • i'm looking to buy a pair of taillights from a 2006 Ford Ranger. please email me at thanks.
  • tkannowtkannow Posts: 1
    Hello everyone. I have an under powered 1984 Ranger 4x4. It has a four inch lift, 31 inch tires, Carburated 2.8 with a 5 speed trans. I have two engines choices, which would be best to use? I have a 1990 Aerostar 4.0 and an 1990 Tbird SC with a 3.8 supercharger. Any helpfull info would be great. Thanks
  • jhknightjhknight Posts: 46
    I believe that back around 1983 there was a diesel Ranger? I would like to swap out my thirsty 4.0 in my 1999 (glug glug) Or maybe an Isuzu turbo diesel....
  • This might sound a little strange and very time consuming but i got the time. I want to swap my 1997 ford ranger (gas) engine with a deisel engine. If anyone knows what type of deisel engine would fit or other things that would need to be changed in this process please let me know!
  • just wanted to know if it would be possible to take the engine from a 94 ranger xlt (automatic, reg cab, 2wd) and put it in a 97 ranger (standard, reg cab, 2wd) both vehicles are just stock. friends want engine in his 97 so he will have a six cylinder standard and not a four cylinder. thank you very much
  • i was actually thinking about the same exact thing. im not sure what can fit. i wonder if it would be possible to put a 24v cummins in. my friend has a 1984 dodge d50 with a 2.3 turbo diesel. but i dont want a little 4cyl. my 4.0 does pretty good for now, but i would like a cummins 24v, or a 7.3 powerstroke.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Putting a Cummins or Powerstroke in a Ranger... that's just asking for trouble. Dry weight of those engines is around 1000 pounds - your suspension would never last.

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  • lol. well another thing would to put mid 80's early 90's f150 running gear/drivetrain. yeah, its asking for trouble, but is it possible? still on a ranger ext cab 4x4 frame/body?
  • northganorthga Posts: 7
    I am new to this. I know i am in the wrong place for this but I don't know where else to go. I just signed on a few minutes ago. I want to discuss 2007 chevrolet silverados. Can someone let me know.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Welcome aboard!

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  • northganorthga Posts: 7
    Thanks for the help
  • is it possible for a 97 ford ranger motor can work for a 90? seem's like a large jump... not sure if it will work or not, let me know thanks
  • What I'd recommend to you is to get as much of the 96 into the 89 as is possible. The OBD2 changeover happened for the 96 model (late year production) so you would gain a great deal of diagnostic ability. Get the ecm, wiring harness, fuel system and speed sensors etc. Just my $.02. I've done a pile of motorswaps and I've always done best by updating as much as possible to OBD2 standards.
  • I need some honest help. I have a 83 Ford Ranger 4x4 2.3L carbed 4cyl 4speed manual gutless p.o.s. with a torched tranny. Finding a used tranny for this truck is impossible around here! Rebuilds are endless but a light flickered and now I want to do a engine/tranny swap!!! A V-8 swap is ideal for the offroad Ranger prodject but I ran into a guy who is selling me a 90 Bronco II 4x4 with a 2.9L V6 5 speed manual...PLEASE tell me if this swap (engine/tranny) will work! This will save me thousands of $$$. Is this swap even worth it?
  • It will work, but why not just use the B2? Off road they are more nimble than the Ranger because of the short wheelbase.
  • I would, but the B2 has been totaled in a major accident. THANKS!!! Any other advice or things to watch for?
  • My truck has a 2.3L FI 4 cylinder engine and manual 5 speed transmission. I want to replace the engine. Can any one tell me what engines (years) I can do a straight replacement with? Can I do a straight replacement with a '91 for example? If so, what adjustments or modifications are necessary? Thanks.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    A good salvage will be able to tell you what engines will swap.
  • Thanks for the quick response but I can't find a "good" salvage outfit that can help me. Specifically, I want to put an '88 Ranger 2.3L engine in my '85 Ranger. Can it be done?
  • i have 99 ranger with 3.0l v6 that is bad i found 99 ranger 4.0l v6 used will they swap out ?
  • The 3.0 and 4.0 have different bellhousing bolt patterns. You will have to get the engine, transmission, PCM and wiring harness for this swap to work.
  • It can definitely be done. The blocks are the same. Just switch over the EFI stuff and the computer from the 88 and you can even upgrade to fuel injection (if you add a high pressure fuel pump as well).
  • i have an 85 ranger 2wd with a 2.8 v6 5 speed manual tranny and 8.8 rear end. i'm buying a 95 cougar with a 302 i want to put it in my truck with the stock tranny and axle. i don't know much about engine swaps any help would be greatly appreciated
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