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2.3 engine and transmission replacement
« on: July 19, 2020, 10:17:42 AM »
Can any one tell me what year
Ford ranger I need to buy

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Re: 2.3 engine and transmission replacement
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2020, 05:25:27 PM »
I'm sure someone with more experience will chime in but if you plan to use the EFI from the Ranger you will need the computer and wiring harnesses. 
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Re: 2.3 engine and transmission replacement
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2020, 03:31:44 PM »
Need more information about what you're trying to do.
'72 Runabout - 2.3T, T5, MegaSquirt-II, 8", 5-lugs, big brakes.
'68 Mustang - Built roller 302, Toploader, 9", etc.

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Re: 2.3 engine and transmission replacement
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2020, 06:38:33 PM »
I have a 1979 ponto wagon
Missing engine and transmission
Will ford ranger engine and tranny fit right up
What year?

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Re: 2.3 engine and transmission replacement
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2020, 06:44:53 PM »
Manual or automatic?
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'68 Mustang - Built roller 302, Toploader, 9", etc.

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Re: 2.3 engine and transmission replacement
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2020, 10:00:41 AM »
The pinto wagon is set up for manual

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Re: 2.3 engine and transmission replacement
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2020, 12:02:42 PM »
"Will ford ranger engine and tranny fit right up"

"Fit right up" is a broad expectation. It can primarily mean do the engine/transmission mount positions bolt right in, the driveshaft slip right in (without yoke or length alteration) and that the engine intake, exhaust, fan and accessories not hit the the inner panels, hood, crossmember and radiator in the Pinto. Secondary concern is the fuel plumbing/wiring for the engine especially if the engine is EFI. The VAM (if older EFI) and air cleaner location can also be an issue. Even "2.3 engine" is ambiguous because does that refer to the 2.3 Lima engine (such as the Pinto and older Rangers used)..., or the Duratec 2.3 in the newer Rangers.

The bottom line is that if some here had that information they can likely suggest that things MIGHT fit but I doubt that anyone could guarantee anything because there are too many variables.  In any case the more information provided the better chance you will have of getting an effective answer.

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Re: 2.3 engine and transmission replacement
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2020, 02:31:43 PM »
A carbureted 2.0 or 2.3 '80s Ranger engine will probably swap in with little issue. The manual transmission, no.

Keep in mind that the Ranger 2.0 is a small bore/small valve version of the 2.3 and not related to the "Pinto" 2.0 EAO.
'72 Runabout - 2.3T, T5, MegaSquirt-II, 8", 5-lugs, big brakes.
'68 Mustang - Built roller 302, Toploader, 9", etc.

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Re: 2.3 engine and transmission replacement
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2020, 02:49:25 PM »
Being that the car has no engine the Pinto specific front sump oil pan and pick up tube will need to be sourced even for the easiest of swaps.

To elaborate on what 65SC said, the Ranger transmission will bolt to the engine as is obvious (that is what it came with) but the shifter placement, trans mount point and yoke/driveshaft length will be issues.

https://www.therangerstation.com/tech/ford-ranger-manual-transmissions/  The Ranger trans ratios may be better than the 3.97 T-5 but I recall the transmissions are not said to be good. Not sure if the Rangers used a cable or hydraulic for the clutch. I've see ONE example where someone fit a hydraulic to a Pinto but space is tight. For reference the 87-88 Turbo Coupes had the hydraulic master cylinder under the dashboard.

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Re: 2.3 engine and transmission replacement
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2020, 02:55:57 PM »
Good point about the oil pan.
'72 Runabout - 2.3T, T5, MegaSquirt-II, 8", 5-lugs, big brakes.
'68 Mustang - Built roller 302, Toploader, 9", etc.