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2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« on: March 11, 2014, 10:25:14 PM »
Ok, just got another brain fart. Was looking at the 2.3 Duratec found in the Ranger and Focus. Also the Mazda 3 is turbo'ed. It is an all aluminum motor, weighing just around 210 pounds! I like that idea and it is really light!


Anyone done 1 of these ? Or any thoughts?


I wish I could afford the Ford 302 aluminum block, but thats wishful thinking!  ;D
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Re: 2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2014, 10:38:39 PM »
Well, if it fits in a Cortina I guess it would fit in a Pinto, of course anything can be made to fit with some work..

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Re: 2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2014, 10:30:27 AM »
Oh man, that looks awesome!!!
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Re: 2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2014, 01:06:12 AM »
You'll have to totally fabricate engine mounting on FWD ones, they have no side engine mounting ability. They mount on the front.

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Re: 2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2014, 04:44:06 AM »
Ironman started to do a Pinto conversion using a Ranger Duratec but ran into a couple problems.  One was welding up a modified aluminum oil pan.  The other problem was the Ranger transmission shifter being too far forward.
http://www.fordpinto.com/your-project/duratec-pinto-conversion/msg64063/#msg64063

On the shifter location, I have since seen a few threads relocating shifters (not Duratec specific).  Scroll down a bit in each link..
http://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=91594
http://www.corner-carvers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=27556&highlight=3-link&page=23
http://www.absurdflow.com/klde.html
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Re: 2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2014, 10:01:06 AM »
Would be a fun project, don't think it would be that hard.
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Re: 2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2014, 10:44:53 AM »
NOT BE THAT HARD - IF YOUR A GREAT FABICATOR AND HAVE ACCESS TO GREAT TOOLS AND SHOP TO GET DONE THEN YES A WALK IN THE PARK!!

for the basic level car guy would be a PROJECT! fitting it in would be easy!!! now getting motor mounts and lines and all the major things will be a challenge!! NOT saying it cant be done but be prepared for a lot of work!!
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Re: 2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2014, 11:32:54 AM »
Any project is a lot of work, lol, but if you think things out first and have a little creativity you'll find out it's not "that hard", even without all the trick fab tools, I sure don't have them,lol.. :D
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Re: 2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2014, 07:44:01 PM »
This link is to a project thread starting on a Duratec to Pinto installation.
http://www.turborangerforums.com/showthread.php?t=6601
The link below has photos and a long thread on the SBF bellhousing to Duratec adapter.
http://www.turborangerforums.com/showthread.php?t=5599
You need to sign in to turborangersfo rums.com to see the photos.
I put this over on TurboFord.org also since you started a inquire there too.
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Re: 2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2014, 09:26:44 PM »
Thanks JJ!
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Re: 2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2014, 01:28:21 AM »
that looks sweet setting in the engine bay.

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Re: 2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2014, 07:10:19 PM »
Does anyone have access to TRF? I have tried to get ahold of "RangerGT" with no response. If you could get ahold of him ofr me I would appreciate it. I want to get his oil pan flange or see if he can make 1 for my '77. I also want to get his bell housing adapter. Thanks, Eugene 316-204-6933

My email is:

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for him to contact me.
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Re: 2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2014, 08:28:20 PM »
Any good gear head / hot rod'r would put a straight axel under it and have it on the street in a week.
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Re: 2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2014, 03:20:30 AM »
Any good gear head / hot rod'r would put a straight axel under it and have it on the street in a week.


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Re: 2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2014, 07:19:47 PM »
im a tech advisor over there.... ill get in touch with him for ya...

message sent.....
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Re: 2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2014, 09:41:31 PM »
Thanks for getting ahold of them. I am really excited to do this. Would love to be able to post over there and get advise and help there like I can here.
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« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2014, 03:32:43 PM »
its a simple forum to get on,,,, and nearly no drama.... that's why I  like it so much...
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Re: 2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2014, 05:33:30 PM »
I am not sure why I haven't got a email confirmation for resetting my password on my old account. And I haven't gotten a email confirmation on my new account I signed up for. I used to be on there years ago when I had my Ranger.
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Re: 2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2014, 08:27:37 PM »
Well finally found a 2.3 CX7 core motor today. Not sure whats wrong with it. Got it to use for mock up. I need to make motor mounts, custom oil pan, custom header and intake. And then FMI with all the piping! Whew! I bought a oil pan flange kit from "RangerGT" off of TRF. Man that is 1 talented guy, and has 1 STUPID FAST Duratec turbo Ranger!!!!


Plans include getting a MSII for engine management, a bell housing adapter from "Quads for Rods" to run a C4 trans, and a 8" rearend.


So now to tear the motor apart to have just the block and head, should weigh around 80 pounds!!!


I will be listing my stock motor for sale as well.
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Re: 2.3 Duratec turbocharged?
« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2014, 01:47:46 PM »
Got the motor tore down. Left crank and pistons in. They turn so easy and smooth. I didn't find anything wrong with this engine.  It does have a forged crank!!! Will use it in a Ranger block, as rods and pistons are a little cheaper. And "GT" has already done a build like this. So 400-500HP is easily attainable!!


Will get Eagle rods and CP pistons. Still trying to find a Ranger block and a '03-'04 Focus head! The search continues….
C. Eugene Brown