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what engine can a retro fit into a 1989 ranger 4x4

 
gurutogod gurutogod
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 08/12
Posted: 08/28/12
04:32 PM

I have a very nice 1989 ford ranger 4x4 with a 2.9l, I was wondering if I could retro fit a 3.0l engine. My 2.9 is gone/dead/blown up and I was wonder if I could easily retro fit to a different engine type...or find a web site that shows conversions. Thanks in advance for any help you could offer

looking for minimum hassle, I am looking for a bolt up and go situation  

pepsi1 pepsi1
Enthusiast | Posts: 301 | Joined: 10/11
Posted: 08/28/12
08:48 PM

Try this web-site for books on engine swaps.(www.cartechbooks.com) See if they have something that might help you. Before you start spending your bucks...Good Luck.

Bob  

waynep71222 waynep71222
User | Posts: 155 | Joined: 04/12
Posted: 08/28/12
09:46 PM

hmm... 2.9

http://www.therangerstation.com/tech_library/4L_Conversion.html

there are a few more articles there is the tech section..

i am replacing a blown up 3.0 right now..  i don't have a 2.9 to compare..

i do know that the valves are canted slightly in the 3.0 and have individual rockers rather than the shaft mounted rockers..

they are a completely different engine family..  but.. you might be able if you don't have to pass smog.. drop a complete 3.0 right in...  

a lot of people think the TINY 2.9 is a great little motor.. durable..  

TheSilverBuick TheSilverBuick
Guru | Posts: 1227 | Joined: 02/06
Posted: 08/31/12
09:53 AM

The 2.9L engines are way better than the 3.0L engines IMO. Every 2.9L ranger I drove moved and pulled decently, and every 3.0L ranger I drove moved and pulled like a dog. If you want the newer generation engine, go straight to 4.0L.  
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