WHAT DID YOU DO TO YOUR RANGER TODAY?


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Save gas. Install the 1.8L version of that engine.
I get better mileage with a 5.0 than I did with the 2.8 lol.

For everyone that disagrees with me, I shall urinate on a 4.0 ohv.

I have a case of Evian and an enlarged prostate. Let's dance, pumpkinf*cker. ✊🏿
Oh no, not a 4.0... oh wait, I don't care. :sneaky:

For a stupid tough, always come back for more abuse... my hat is off to my old 2.8.
 


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For everyone that disagrees with me, I shall urinate on a 4.0 ohv.

I have a case of Evian and an enlarged prostate. Let's dance, pumpkinf*cker. ✊🏿
The 4.0 is a Cologne V6.
 

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I get better mileage with a 5.0 than I did with the 2.8 lol.



Oh no, not a 4.0... oh wait, I don't care. :sneaky:

For a stupid tough, always come back for more abuse... my hat is off to my old 2.8.
I liked the 2.8, except for that problem with the heads cracking in the same place during the entire production run of the engine. That, and the stupid nylon (or whatever it was made out of) camshaft gear that would fail unexpectedly.
 

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The 4.0 is a Cologne V6.
Yes yes... It is a Cologne. The difference is that one is an overrated, head gasket blowing, valve burning, rod knocking heap, and the other is the 2.9.
 

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Yes yes... It is a Cologne. The difference is that one is an overrated, head gasket blowing, valve burning, rod knocking heap, and the other is the 2.9.
Those of us who do regular oil and coolant changes don't have those problems.
 

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I liked the 2.8, except for that problem with the heads cracking in the same place during the entire production run of the engine. That, and the stupid nylon (or whatever it was made out of) camshaft gear that would fail unexpectedly.
I didn't care for the water pump design, how the timing cover was sandwiched between the water pump and the bypass hose elbow out of sight below the power steering pump. Major PITA to seal and of course my elbow was stripped out. Mine was a late '85 with the upper tstat.

OEM style rotor held on by screws came loose once, exploded a muffler when the timing got out of whack as the rotor self destructed against the cap.

I never had a problem with the heads or timing gears.
 

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real money? like with Ben Franklin and Andrew Jackson faces on the bills?
Yes, but with different people on the front, in different colours, and with different pictures on the back. All of your fake money is green. Our REAL money is a different colour for each denomination of bill.
 

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Yes, but with different people on the front, in different colours, and with different pictures on the back. All of your fake money is green. Our REAL money is a different colour for each denomination of bill.
I am pretty sure the colored stuff isn't real. You might want to quit using that before you get in trouble.

 

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I didn't care for the water pump design, how the timing cover was sandwiched between the water pump and the bypass hose elbow out of sight below the power steering pump. Major PITA to seal and of course my elbow was stripped out. Mine was a late '85 with the upper tstat.

OEM style rotor held on by screws came loose once, exploded a muffler when the timing got out of whack as the rotor self destructed against the cap.

I never had a problem with the heads or timing gears.
They probably made some changes to the heads between 1977 and 1985. I never seen the crack make it into the water jacket and most of the time a new valve seat took care of the problem. It was just so frequent that I expected it. I used to by Pintos,Bobcats, Mustang II's, and Capris to flip. Most of the crank no-start ones were due to a bad camshaft gear. They had nylon/plastic gears pressed on metal. Around 50K to about 70K the nylon would fatigue and fall apart. Usually, it would just die as you were going down the road. What was even worse was the crankshaft gear was all metal, so you would think you could get away with just replacing the camshaft gear. The catch was the OEM timing set was metric. The aftermarket replacements sold in the US weren't. That meant you had to buy both gears, which was stupid because a metric version made by the same aftermarket parts manufacturers was sold everywhere else.

I think there were three different hose configurations on that engine, depending on the application. I vaguely remember installing a water pump that had the outlet in the wrong location, or something like that. Some of them were aluminum, as were the thermostat housings. People who failed to change their coolant or just ran straight water would have problems because the acids would dissolve the thermostat housing from the inside out.

Another very common problem was the valve stem seals would wear and deteriorate due to the material they were made out of and that motor oil at the time wasn't as good as it is now. You can replace them while on the engine if you have an air compressor to hold the valves up.
 

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Forgot about the valve seals, I did that with air. Dad made a fitting for me out of an old spark plug.

Having two exhaust valves so close together probably didn’t help much either.
 

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