1983 Ford Ranger diesel--anybody else have one?

Mozambiquer

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I've had my fair share of diesels, several of them uncommon or rare ones, like a Chevette diesel, and a Nissan Maxima diesel. My current not so common one is a 1983 Ford ranger diesel. It has a factory installed 2.2 liter Perkins/Mazda diesel.
 

bigsexyTDI

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I've got a B2200 and know where a Ranger is. The one I am missing is a D50 or Mighty Max. Feel like if I ever want one I am gonna have to bite the bullet and go to the PNW.
 

Mozambiquer

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I've got a B2200 and know where a Ranger is. The one I am missing is a D50 or Mighty Max. Feel like if I ever want one I am gonna have to bite the bullet and go to the PNW.
Cool! My dad used to have a b2200 it's the same engine as my ranger. I wish mine was 4x4, but it doesn't really have enough power for that. I had a 1987 Mazda b2600 that I swapped a mighty-max engine into. That was a fun truck. I had it turned up to roll coal and all. That was when I was 16. It was my first truck. Sadly, the engine went out, and I rebuilt it, but found out that some places don't do cylinder liners very well... It blew again not very long later and then it was not rebuild able.
 

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I had one. An '84. It came from CT and was too rusted to rescue, and I had looked into just moving the powertrain into a Mazda pickup, but the '86-93 trucks were actually too different from the --'84 trucks (these were also sold as the Ford Courier). So the engine/trans would not easily fit, as those later trucks were really designed around the F-blocks from the 626 (physically smaller). Although they did stuff the Mitsubishi 2.6L in there, so... maybe I could have cobbled something together. But ended up I had a guy come and buy the engine/trans from me.

As I recall, the little bit I drove it, it ran well... possibly as good as my diesel Toyota truck which was also a 2.2L non-turbo. But boy that Ranger's frame and body was BAD.

The Ranger was available for one year with a 2.3L Mitsubishi-sourced TURBO diesel, and THAT could be had with 4WD. They are extremely rare. '86 I think.
 

Mozambiquer

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Mozambiquer

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1998 VW Jetta TDI. 1982 VW Rabbit pickup, 2001 VW Jetta TDI
I had one. An '84. It came from CT and was too rusted to rescue, and I had looked into just moving the powertrain into a Mazda pickup, but the '86-93 trucks were actually too different from the --'84 trucks (these were also sold as the Ford Courier). So the engine/trans would not easily fit, as those later trucks were really designed around the F-blocks from the 626 (physically smaller). Although they did stuff the Mitsubishi 2.6L in there, so... maybe I could have cobbled something together. But ended up I had a guy come and buy the engine/trans from me.

As I recall, the little bit I drove it, it ran well... possibly as good as my diesel Toyota truck which was also a 2.2L non-turbo. But boy that Ranger's frame and body was BAD.

The Ranger was available for one year with a 2.3L Mitsubishi-sourced TURBO diesel, and THAT could be had with 4WD. They are extremely rare. '86 I think.
The 2.3 turbo diesel was 1985-87 and it was the same engine as the mitsubishi mighty max/dodge d50. They would really go. There's a local guy who has a ranger with that engine.
 
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