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Old 07-29-2016
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What year?

Hey yall, I have been making plans to eventually just get another Ranger. Something a little newer. But I need a bit of input. I don't want one as old as the one I have now ('92) but I don't want it so new it's going to cost a fortune. And when it comes to the old I-beams in the front as opposed to the wishbones, what would you say? That's going to be a big determining factor. Any particular years/year ranges that especially have trouble with something? Let's hear what you got.
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I just bought a 1999 Ranger (a Ranger in Mazda skin anyway).
It's a 3 liter (B3000).
Revs nice to 4000/4500 rpm and is not too bad off the line, but doesn't have allot of high end torque _ it's OK, but it's not a rocket.

The 3 litre are prone to pinging, mine is good when the mornings are coolish and moist, but in the afternoon when it's hot, if I gun it up a hill I can hear minor pinging.
I'm pretty sure it's carboned up from the previous owners city driving and poor maintenance.

I've also read here that the valve seats can fall out.
This condition use to happen in the old Jaguar V12's if they were ever over-heated.
So don't over heat the Vulcan V6.
They have cast iron heads so I am sure that they are much more robust then the fragile Jag V12 with its aluminum heads.

Personally I would go with a 4 litre if I had to do it all over again, I just happened upon the B3000 and it was in really nice shape living in the city all it's life, so I jumped on it.

I don't know what the 4 litre is like, but I think it would have that extra torque needed for highway speed passing.
And being 4 litre it probably will have less tendency to ping, being a larger engine to weight ratio.

We have a 2001 Ford 16 foot cube van at work for delivery and it has "I" beam front suspension with just a standard power steering box _ not vey impressed with it.
We had an alignment done quite a ways back because the tires weren't wearing right. You wouldn't really notice the wear until the end of the tires life, so it wasn't a huge issue, but I was told that it was normal for Fords I beam front suspension and the geometry was correct.

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I've got an old Vulcan V6 in the Ranger I've got now. I hate the thing. Cant do anything with it. It's a three-point-slow (er... a 3.0) and when I try to push it at all, it all but gives up on me. I would definitely like the 4.0. A lot more torque behind that one.
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4 Litre here we come...

I know there were improvements in them according to this, but it sounds like you're not going to be happy no matter what those improvements are.
In 2001 though they put a plastic intake manifold on it, which in my opinion is a step backwards, but the smooth plastic would allow for better air flow.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Vulcan_engine
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