I had one of the 1986 Diesel rangers with that engine. It was awesome. Great torque and fuel mileage was around 28mpg. It was great until it needed a camshaft and rocker shaft, I couldn't find the parts so I sold it.
Finding parts specifically for this engine is difficult, fortunately though, you can buy parts for the 4d56 (still in production today) that will bolt on. You just need to order it from Europe. Actually, the new head / rocker shaft is considered a upgrade.. it flows better and it has "roller" rockers.
Sorry haven't been very good about progress, it's been crazy here. It's working out really good, I tried to take a short video driving, but it was kinda difficult by myself. That, and my phone started to run out of memory. I've been tinkering with fuel and timing, and there is a lot you can tweak on these things. EGT's look good, I haven't seen anything over 1050 ish, and that was crawling up the base of snoqualmie pass. Boosts good, sounds good, a ton of fun to drive. OH! and about 33-35 mpg city and 39-40 hwy. I've never filled up below 30 mpg!
you mentioned hooking the injection pump rotator sensor to a dakota digital tach converter. Do you know where i can that sensor that is screwed into your injector pump? i have the older 2.2 non turbo diesel ford ranger and where your sensor is screwed into on the injector pump mine is just a bolt, basically a plug. so what im hoping to do is find that sensor and put it on my injector pump and then buy the dakota digital tach convertor so then i will have an rpm gauge as well. any information you could find on that sensor would be greatly appreciated thanks....oh and btw awesome build, i wish i would have kept the 1985 2.3 diesel ranger i had, instead i have a few of the older 2.2 non turbo diesel rangers
Lost the job, don't really have the space for it. What more information did you want? There really wasn't much wiring that went into it, other than those two schematics I have posted above. I have it listed in seattle craigslist now.
why not keep the diesel ? with all that time and work into it you might as well .. Id like to eventually maybe do this swap but right now Im finishing up the suspension ... If this was a year ago before i bought my truck id buy this lol