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Old 12-17-2007
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2.3L year differences. bob?

ok well, as most of you know, my truck threw a connecting rod yesterday...

i thought i had a motor for $150 with 13k on it but the guy sold it to someone else..

so i found a motor out of a 92 with 90k on it for $100, sweet ****.

i know ford went to a roller cam, but im not sure what year.

i really only need the motor from the head down, but im not sure if everything is the same.

does anyone know?
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the guy said i can pick it up tomorrow.

i would like to know by tonight, so i can order parts(gaskets etc).
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try posting on RPS there is ALOT of people obsessed with 2.3L over there
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electronics will most likely be different...if i was you i would look at finding a full 3.0
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yes the 92 will bolt in, the head and block are identical, you may just need to bolt your accessory brackets onto it and some of the sensors may need to be swapped, but I don't think so. The only thing that MAY be different (but I don't think it is) is the intake manifold, and if it is then just use the manifold from the 92 engine. They will both have the roller cam and they should both have the round tooth timing belt.
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i got a 3.0 and auto from a aerostar but it would be a major project
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yeah, i was talking to mark about that earlier lol..

it wouldn't be worth it, unless we could find a manual trans.
im just going to pick the 92 motor up tomorrow along with all new gaskets, the guy said hes going to call me around 6pm if you want to go with me.

do you think we will be able to reuse the rear main seal that i bought when we did the clutch?
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for future reference, they changed the block in the 95-97 rangers.
so if you have a 95-97, you will need a motor out of a 95-97..

heres the 92 motor.
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heres the motor out of my 97.
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