how to install a 7.5 liter turbo diesel in my 87ranger?
I know a guy who recently bought a coustom job ranger. The guy he got it from had installed a 7.5 liter turbo charged diesel engine in the truck, swaped out the fuel system, electrical system, ect. I figured if he could buy it, I could make it. I really want to do this upgrade, but don't know how. Would I have to tamper with the frame? if so, what would I have to do to the frame? I know I am looking at some expensive parts for this, and a lot of hard work, but I know I can do it. I can do the coustom body work, I'm just not sure what to do with the frame considering that the engine probably won't even come close to mounting on the 87 ranger frame. any tips>?
i assume you mean a 7.3 those engines alone in junkyards sell for about $3000 regardless of mileage, if they run. then the trans is probably another $1500-2000. You would almost certainly have to chop up the frame to do the swap. i dont even know how it would fit under the hood.
dont get me wrong, is a cool mod, i would LOVE to see you do it, seriously, but it will be a humongous investment unless a drivetrain falls into your lap
some shop in austin, tx does diesel conversions on just about everything. i cant find the link right now but i had considered the ford conversiom from a mexican truck, it would have been like 3-4 k installed.
The 2.8L or 3.0L South American Ranger Powerstroke would be very reasonable swap.
The V8 Powerstroke - forget about it. It is a VERY large engine with VERY large cooling needs. YOu could fit the engine - maybe with no radiator, but you would be hard pressed to get the cooling you need in a bed mounted radiator/fan system.
The Powerstroke, both 7.3L and 6.0L have the hot end exhaust running up BEHIND the passengers side head to the tubro, which sits on TOP of the engine. Too long and too tall. Heck, a 302 is a fairly light squeeze fore-aft, I could not imagine a 6.0L or a 7.3L.
Just plain not worth it in my mind.
DD: 2010 Sport Trac Adrenalin. 4.6L V8 / AWD with Terra Grapplers and Voxx G-FX wheels.
Toy: 1999 Ranger 4x4 4Door. Replacing 302w 1.5L Kenne Bell with a 351W: Explorer EEC-V DIS, AFR205 heads, custom 1 3/4" long tube headers and Autorotor 2.6L supercharger, intercooled with '03 Cobra and custom fabricated manifold.
my dad had a 77... awesome truck that sadly rusted away... and what does this have to do with a powerstroke diesel in a ranger??
back on topic if i was gonna do a diesel in a ranger i would use a diesel from a car such as a VW TDI engine or a OM 617 or OM 603 from a mercedes... much more managable as far as weight and fit goes and both are emissions legal in the US