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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-04-2007, 11:06 PM
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How hard would it be to swap in a Ranger carbed 2.3L into an 88 Sammy? They are a fairly common item in this area, not really used and I am use to working on Rangers. Thanks for your ideas.
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its been done...its not an easy swap. the big problem is the length of the ford transmissions.

i think i figured out a way to do it using a Jeep 6cyl T5 and a Dana 300 t-case but the gearing options arent that great...

the T-5 is the same as the ford T-5 and the 2.3L bellhousing off a mustang or t-bird t5 will bolt right up....imput shaft is even the same spline (coaurse 10 spline) so you could use the 2.3L clutch. however i never got to the point of trying this combo.

i got a FI 2.3L from an 89 mustang on the stand with harness and computer ill sell you if you want to try. ill even throw in a ford t-bird T5 and an SR4 from a jeep (same as the T4...basically an older version T4)

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Wouldn't it be easier to have an adaptor made to mate the engine to the Sammy trans.?
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you would need a custom flywheel as well. i got to see if i can dig up the pic....i got a pic of a t5 next to a sammy trans somewhere....the sammy trans is dwarfed by the t5

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here they are...the one with the red arrows shows where the driveshaft attaches
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I can see there are major differences in the lengths and the bell housings. I think I see how I like the 1.3 with some bolt on performance enhancements. This is not going to be a major offroad vehical. Just a daily driver/hunting/fishing runner. Thanks for your help.
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I can see there are major differences in the lengths and the bell housings. I think I see how I like the 1.3 with some bolt on performance enhancements. This is not going to be a major offroad vehical. Just a daily driver/hunting/fishing runner. Thanks for your help.
not to discourage you from doing the 2.3 ford swap(as i have a 4.0 ford v6 in my zuki), but for a daily driver/hunting/fishing runner, you would be happier with a 1.6 16valve because of ease of installaion, cost, weight, etc. now if for some reason you can't find one of those in your area, then i wouild consider the 2.3. as far as hop up parts for a 1.3, that is a waste of money.

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You mean a Webber carb and a header won't do anything for the 1.3?
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You mean a Webber carb and a header won't do anything for the 1.3?
didn't mean to imply that.

i just don't think the 1.3 is worth modifing. but of course that depends on what you are hoping to achieve, money, your skills, etc. i don't mean to tell you what to do, just giving you my opinion.

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post #10 of (permalink) Old 10-13-2007, 08:35 AM
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Ok, I understand. I prefer to to keep things simple. I to stay carburated and easy to work on, besides I am old school.
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