4 cylinder swap options


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I have a 1988 ranger 2.0 2wd with excessive blow by and I am considering rebuilding it. I also am thinking about a swap for something with a little more power but my options seem limited due to the fact that my engine is carbureted. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 


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Explorer 5.0, throw the efi stuff away and buy a carb intake for it. Or just get all the wiring from the efi system and convertical your truck over.
 

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Explorer 5.0, throw the efi stuff away and buy a carb intake for it. Or just get all the wiring from the efi system and convertical your truck over.
Money is the other consideration and what years explorer are best for swap
 

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When my '87 2.0 blew up I built a carbed 2.3 for it. The engines are the same other than the bore. If you find a carbed Ranger 2.3 it'll have the round port head so you can use your intake and carb.
 

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Thanks for the reply. That is exactly what I have been thinking about. That way I could keep driving my truck while I build another engine. Only problem is I am having trouble finding an early 2.3 with a distributor and carb setup that is not complete junk. I always hear about people doing V8 swaps and I wonder who is hoarding the 2.3 engines. Gonna keep looking. Thanks again.
 

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It probably wouldn't be that hard to do a carb 2.5 either. Maybe more than a 2.3, but I can't see it being terrible.
 

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A guy gave me a complete 2.3 out of an '86 Mustang just to get it out of his way. It had to be bored .030 over so that was most of my cost. I figure mine I'm around $1200 into now but if I'd went stock I think I could've been around $600 with a basic rebuild kit. I threw away my 2.0 block or I'd give it to you. I still have the crank, rods and pistons, the small valve round port 2.0 head and intake for the Aisan 2bbl. The pistons would have to be changed for a 2.3 but otherwise they're the same bottom end. You can have all that stuff if you're ever in WNC.
 


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