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I bought a 94 ranger for $400. The transmission leaked when hot, I fixed it , drove it for 5,000 miles, then the trans puked all its atf. I got tired of dealing with the POS A4LD. And the 4.0l was not very impressive.

I came across a 79 mustang cobra 2.3l turbo and t4 Manuel for free.

It has a factory carbed draw through turbo setup.

You can see where this is going. I need to convert the truck to 2wd and lower it with street tires.

I will use the factory turbo setup so I can drive the thing then upgrade the system later on.

Should be unique.
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:36 PM
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The motor and turbo looks low miles, not much wear at all
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I bought a 94 ranger for $400. The transmission leaked when hot, I fixed it , drove it for 5,000 miles, then the trans puked all its atf. I got tired of dealing with the POS A4LD. And the 4.0l was not very impressive.

I came across a 79 mustang cobra 2.3l turbo and t4 Manuel for free.

It has a factory carbed draw through turbo setup.

You can see where this is going. I need to convert the truck to 2wd and lower it with street tires.

I will use the factory turbo setup so I can drive the thing then upgrade the system later on.

Should be unique.
Shoot, I'd keep it 4wd, throw some blocks under it, drop some monster gears in the diffs, and put it on some 35s!
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:31 AM
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Shoot, I'd keep it 4wd, throw some blocks under it, drop some monster gears in the diffs, and put it on some 35s!
I would like too but I need to keep in budget. The transmission is for 2wd

And I would like to drive it daily.
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Old 11-03-2017, 01:21 AM
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Well, at least now you know why it was $400

Correct me if I'm wrong but, isn't a 4.0 an I6?
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Old 11-03-2017, 07:09 AM
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US Spec Ford Rangers came with either an I4 (2.3L) or V6 (2.9L, 3.0L or 4.0L). I have a '92 with the 3.0L and 5sp manual. Parts are becoming unicorns.
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I know I am replacing the 4.0l v6 with a 4 banger, but it will be worth it.

The 2.3 is able to handle more power and it is cheaper to build.

It's looking very blue!
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The clearances check out good enough so I ordered standard rod and main bearings. I am lightly honing it and using new standard rings. Then I can reassemble with all new hardware and gaskets.
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Shoot, I'd keep it 4wd, throw some blocks under it, drop some monster gears in the diffs, and put it on some 35s!
33s are about the largest you can put on these Rangers with twin traction beam. They are not strong enough really for that large of tire. Could drop a Dana 44 axle on the front, but that's a ton of money and work and not worth it.

You going to use the T4 manual with the new engine or you going to locate an automatic instead? I can see why you'll want to do 2wd because that manual was never setup for 4wd let alone I doubt anyone makes an adapter for it. However if you are fully converting to 2wd, I'd keep it at stock height or raise it 2" and put a locker in the rear end. They call it Pre-Runner. Do you know if it's a 7.75" or 8.8" rear end on the truck? 8.8 is easy to find lockers for, the smaller ones not so much.
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You going to use the T4 manual with the new engine or you going to locate an automatic instead? I can see why you'll want to do 2wd because that manual was never setup for 4wd let alone I doubt anyone makes an adapter for it. However if you are fully converting to 2wd, I'd keep it at stock height or raise it 2" and put a locker in the rear end. They call it Pre-Runner. Do you know if it's a 7.75" or 8.8" rear end on the truck? 8.8 is easy to find lockers for, the smaller ones not so much.
Yes I plan on using the t4 Manuel, as I prefer stick and it is robust enough to hold whatever my little 2.3 can do.

My truck has a factory 8.8 rear end with a limited slip diff and steep gears. No reason to mess with that.

I original plan was to make it pre-runner style, but with limited power output the truck would be funner with smaller street tires. Less rolling resistance, and better gear ratio for acceleration.

I am looking for this truck to be sporty, handle and stop well, sound cool, and get decent gas mileage .

A ford motorsport cam so it lopes at idle and a 2.5in exhaust should make it sound good.
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That looks like it will be fun! Yeah that engine with 33s or 35s would be a little sluggish. I noticed that my ram got a decent amount slower when I put 34" tires on it, from the stock 31.5". And that has a hemi! (So it also gets 11 mpg now ) Smaller tires will make it more fun, since it already won't have much off road potential being 2wd.

Put a flowmaster 40 series on it, it will sound about as mean as a four cylinder can sound.
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That looks like it will be fun! Yeah that engine with 33s or 35s would be a little sluggish. I noticed that my ram got a decent amount slower when I put 34" tires on it, from the stock 31.5". And that has a hemi! (So it also gets 11 mpg now ) Smaller tires will make it more fun, since it already won't have much off road potential being 2wd.

Put a flowmaster 40 series on it, it will sound about as mean as a four cylinder can sound.
My 05 ram was on 305s (about 34") for a while before going to stock height tires (265). I got the same mileage pretty much (18-20 depending how I drive). It chirps the 265's pretty easily.
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The I-Beam front ends were gone in 93.
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My 05 ram was on 305s (about 34") for a while before going to stock height tires (265). I got the same mileage pretty much (18-20 depending how I drive). It chirps the 265's pretty easily.
You must have had mds then or something, because there's no way I could get 18-20, maybe 14 if I drove it really nice(mine is an 04). The main problem is most of my daily drive has a 45 mph speed limit so the tranny never shifts up and just runs at 1700 rpms. Yeah i shredded the 265s over the last couple weeks before I got the new ones
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You must have had mds then or something, because there's no way I could get 18-20, maybe 14 if I drove it really nice(mine is an 04). The main problem is most of my daily drive has a 45 mph speed limit so the tranny never shifts up and just runs at 1700 rpms. Yeah i shredded the 265s over the last couple weeks before I got the new ones
Mine has the Cummins. They were taller tires but not really aggressive. I get about 20-21 keeping it at 65 on the highway, and about 18-19 on my daily commute with some country roads mostly 55mph with stops.

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Parts are arriving! Should take about $300 to make the motor and trans complete and roadworthy.
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I honed the block , set all the ring gaps, and put the bottom end together with new bearings and seals.
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That's a cool engine. Looks like Bob's mini bike...
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You going to use the same turbo or different one? I never looked at the old Fox body Mustangs much, they are like the red head step child of the family, but did this have a turbo intercooler? If not you going to add one for an extra boost in power?
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draw through = no intercooler
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