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.
Last edited by Jeff R 1; 07-30-2016 at 08:59 AM.