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Old 10-27-2008
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Tempo 2.3 into a ranger.

Does anyone know if the Tempo 2.3 has the same bellhousing pattern as the ranger 2.3 I found an engine out of a 92 Tempo but the guy said he didn't think it would fit in a ranger.
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you cant put a fwd motor in a rwd vehical
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Does anyone know if the Tempo 2.3 has the same bellhousing pattern as the ranger 2.3 I found an engine out of a 92 Tempo but the guy said he didn't think it would fit in a ranger.
I wouldn't bother.
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you cant put a fwd motor in a rwd vehical
Huh?? It mounts differently, and has a different trans. I don't see why it CAN'T be done.
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Sure you can. I've seen Cadillac Northstars in older RWD cars, Ecotec 4cylnders in street rods and dragsters. In most cases the fact that the engine is in a FWD car dosn't mean in won't work in a RWD car, especially with all the aftermarket parts available. Did they use a different block or bellhousing pattern for the Tempo? THe engine I found has about half the miles of the one in my truck. I wouldn't mind having it incase my engine ever dies, but I need to know if it will bolt to my trans.
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didnt those motors suck .... i mean really how many old *** tempos do you see driving around?
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didnt those motors suck .... i mean really how many old *** tempos do you see driving around?
Tempos were pretty good cars .I had two One automatic and one with a with a five speed. come to think of it ,I wish I still had the five speed that car was fun to drive.Its not any worse than anything else coming out of the eighties.
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A guy I know has a early 90's tempo with 300,000+ miles on it and it's still going strong... It has the orginal engine and transmission.
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anybody know if the Tempo engine will interchange with the Ranger??
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The tempo 2.3s are a completely different engine entirely than the Lima 2.3s that are in the ranger. Nothing will interchange between them.
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thank you for someone finally answering my question!!
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The 2.3L Lima engine is a derivative of the old Pinto engine, its an overhead cam motor which has its design roots back in the days of the German built Capri.
The 2.3L HSC is a newer design pushrod motor which does share a few parts with both the 5.8L V8 and a few design ques from the 4.9L straight 6 in the full size trucks. It was a good reliable motor mechanically, and later versions which used SFI pretty much answered any of the reliability issues. Most of it's problems were servicability related due to the front wheel drive configuration in that car. The 2.3L was indeed used in a rear wheel drive application in the very early Aerostar vans, (1985-87), which I suppose if you found one and used it's transmission, it could be made to work in a Ranger.

The later 2.5L HSC was also the same base engine with a slight increase in displacement.

I have heard of Mustangs as well that had the 2.3L HSC back then, but have not yet ran across one here. It may have only been done with certain export models or as a limited production experiment. Some early parts books listed it as an option but like I said, I've never laid eyes on one personally.

Fit is a relative term, you can put any engine in any car if you care to do the work and of course can cut and weld. Its all a matter of what you think 'fits'.
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