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View Poll Results: Which rebuild would you be willing to pay for?
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Old 11-23-2010, 04:54 PM
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Built Performance 2.9L

I'm looking to gauge the interest in a performance 2.9L engine. Mild build would include high volume oil pump, high compression pistons, ported heads, matched intake, etc.

Higher build would include turbo, world product cast heads, possibly a standalone engine management

Would you buy something like this? How interested and how willing to pay would you be? PM me for a price point if you'd like, just looking to get some feedback on this idea I had. Would there be more interest in a 4.0 version?

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Old 11-23-2010, 05:33 PM
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the 2.9l is a dog of a motor in what is now a VERY old entry level truck....there won't be a huge market for this...
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:53 PM
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It's a decent enough motor, I was just looking if there was a niche market.
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IF I could get away with that level of engine mods, I could also get away with a 4.0 or even a 4.0 SOHC or a 302. 2.9 was ok in '86, but most 4 cylinders will run away from it now.....
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:38 AM
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exactly....the 2.9 is a very dated motor...with way better options out there.
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:39 PM
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I have a Ranger with the 2.9L and while it ran OK stock I know enough about the Ford Colonge V6 that it is not a 'performance" engine.

I rebuilt 2 - 2.8L v6 engines that came in the German Capir's back in the 70"s. I was disapointed in the results. The one with a mild cam ran no better then stock and the other ran good only at high RPM.
In Europe they did get they to run well but in this day & age with 4 vlave per cylinder engines that old v6 is just an iron lump. Easy & cheap is a 302 swap with a T-5 using junk yard parts.
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Old 12-26-2010, 09:51 PM
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You could do a small STS turbo system with a properly set up carb, but the cost around $3000 if your a decent mechanic can be a bit high.

Considering a 302 should bolt in or some other better version of a motor that would of come in your truck for quite a bit less giving comperable HP with out the turbo headache's.

Not that I wouldn't turbo a 2.9 to be different, but for the money spent you could of been better off with other swaps.
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Old 12-31-2010, 04:20 PM
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I have a 4.0L v6 in my Aerostar, and I would be interested in some kind of performance upgrade for it that would fit in the tight engine compartment. So that means mods that do not take up any more space, like replacement throttle body, intake, OHV heads, cam, headers, and exhaust system; no superchargers or turbochargers, or OHC heads.

There used to be a company called 4.0 Performance that did amazing performance mods to that engine, and sold some parts for it. I spoke to one of their representatives once, and he provided a tip for minor improvements that I have yet to try out. But unfortunately, they do not exist anymore, probably due to lack of a market.

I think BBK (Brother's Performance) may still sell a supercharger and other parts for it for use in Rangers or Explorers.

If you have the room, I would install a 302 instead of trying to soup up a v6. It will be much easier and cheaper, and you can be guaranteed continued availability of parts.
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A 4.0 swap would be your best bet.
The 2.9 is forever linked to its infamous cracked heads and blown head gaskets, not worth the hassle and expense.
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I have a '88 Ranger with the 2.9 and a 5 speed manual trans, It's far from being a dog. I think I might have blown the head gasket but I will rebuild. I'm thinking on a Super-Charger!
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:29 PM
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If you blew the head gasket on the stock engine, you will blow it even faster with a super charger. I think the problem is that the way the coolant passages are shaped, the heads just do not provide enough clamping on the gaskets. So more combustion pressure just makes it worse.
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