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1989 XLT 4X4 Diesel Swap

Seattle_Mike

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1989
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Ford Ranger
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Hello everyone!

I just picked up this straight, rust-free low mileage (76K) Ranger last month. After looking it over, the current 2.9L V-6 has a few issues that won't last for my long term plans of towing a 15-18 foot camping trailer. I have two VW TDI's already and am a fan of the motor. I've already looked at some other threads on here about TDI - Ranger swaps, but I haven't seen one this old or 4x4 before. Any help is appreciated as I decide on transmission and engine selection. I'd **love** to do a 4BT, but that might be a bridge too far for my aspirations and time at this point.
 

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bobbywalter

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sawzall?
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Yes. I can’t believe they want $1200 for those parts!!
It is a pretty good deal, isn't it?

I have a buddy considering doing all that to his '98 to replace the 350k mile 3.0.

Doing my best to egg him on into doing it lol.
 

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6"
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I'm not going down this rabbit hole again

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Hmmm. TDI BroncoII?
 

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