Hey fellas, I have a little bit of a problem, I have my brothers 92 ranger with 2.3L and 5spd. mazda.
It has a 93 engine in it from the factory, and the motor is shot, but we just went thru the tranny and the rest of the truck is clean as a whistle.
We have decided if I can locate a good used engine from either wrecking yard or buddies of a friend, then we would like too just replace the motor and drive or sell the truck.
What years of 2.3L will bolt right up with minimal problems?
all will fit but... the earliers one had a fuel pump hole... wath for the "sump in the pans" mustang rangers had rear sumps pintos had front sumps....
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Stick with the later model motors that have the dual plug heads. Although earlier engines will work, there is an extra boss in the dual plug trucks for the crank pickup. You could use an older EFI engine, but you'd have to convert the ignition back to one that uses a distributor.
Only the turbo motors used knock sensors I beleive, you won't use it on a natrually aspirated truck.