I just bought a 87 ranger reg cab 5 speed, 4x4 with a bad 2.9 motor. I've heard the 2.9 was not the best engine and was worried about replacing it with another one. I seen where some guys have done a 4.0 swap but didn't know what all I would have to do? Different wiring harness and computer? Would my manual tranny hold up to the 4.0? Thanks for any advice
I know the bell housing is the same so my manual tranny will work. I was just hoping someone would chime in who has swapped a 3.0 or a 4.0 in. I think I'll need the wiring harness of the donor truck and computer right?
Yes you will need the complete wiring harness and computer and you want to make sure you stay with an older OBD1 truck ('95 or older) or else you get into the much more complicated OBD2 system that needs the dash cluster and other parts. And just to be clear it's not likely any of the engine bay wiring in your '87 would be compatible with the wiring for a newer motor so you want all of it.
The 2.9 isn't necessarily the best engine ever built but not the worst either. I just swapped in a fresher 2.9 into my 89 Ranger that had 220,000 miles on the original motor myself. The PO definitely wasn't big on maintenance and I was impressed it actually ran that long.
If you were to go the new 2.9 route find a 89 or newer with the better heads and DON'T over heat it! And don't do extended oil changes!
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Yeah I think that's the route I'd like to go. Do you know a good place to get a remanded 2.9?
Well Jasper used to carry them...but it doesn't seem like they do anymore. If there's any good builders around, I would consider having your current 2.9 block rebuilt. If not, I'd grab a junk yard 2.9 that's in good shape and take it to a good builder. Shouldn't be a ridiculous price. Polish ports, crank, new rod bearings, water pump, rings, gaskets.
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I called my local salvage yard, they don't have any 2.9 motors. They do have several early 90's ford 4.0 motors with wiring harness and everything for $300. If I go that route, I'll have to Change out my dash as well right?
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