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 Ranger 2.3L in my pickup 
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Joined: Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:29 pm
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New here, I've had my '65 deluxe pickup for about 16 years and have enjoyed my 170/3 speed the whole time. I've been thinking about taking the engine/trans out of a later model Ford Ranger to have a trouble free fuel injected cruiser. Has anyone gone that way or thought about it?

Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:48 pm
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I have thought about it, never done it.

I see no reason it wouldn't be a good swap, plenty of room and looking at specs it should have more tha enough power so why not.
I was also looking at a swap from an 89 thunderbird turbo coupe, 4cyl turbo would be sweet in there.

I firgured on mounting all the electronics behind the drivers seat in a "control panel" type box so they were easy to get to yet hidden.
They make alot of power add-on stuff for that engine as well.

Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:13 pm
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Yes, they compare very favorably, especially when you consider the Ranger is like 1000 lbs heavier.

'65 Ford 170 cu. in inline six 105HP 158 lb/ft torque

2001 Ford Ranger

Standard Engine 2.5L 119 hp I4
Horsepower 119 @ 5000 RPM
Torque (lb-ft) 146 @ 3000 RPM

I've also been trying to figure out if there's anyway to put a Mustang II front end under it :D

Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:42 pm
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