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how to install a 7.5 liter turbo diesel in my 87ranger?

I know a guy who recently bought a coustom job ranger. The guy he got it from had installed a 7.5 liter turbo charged diesel engine in the truck, swaped out the fuel system, electrical system, ect. I figured if he could buy it, I could make it. I really want to do this upgrade, but don't know how. Would I have to tamper with the frame? if so, what would I have to do to the frame? I know I am looking at some expensive parts for this, and a lot of hard work, but I know I can do it. I can do the coustom body work, I'm just not sure what to do with the frame considering that the engine probably won't even come close to mounting on the 87 ranger frame. any tips>?
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thats a big freakin engine to stick in a ranger....i don't know hwo the hell it could fit
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wow i'll like to see this
you might have to tube the front.
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Build a new frame. Or pick up an old F-150.
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thats gonna be one hell of a job, I think you have a lot of research to do before you can get close. It's also gonna be costly, do you really have the means to do this?
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i assume you mean a 7.3 those engines alone in junkyards sell for about $3000 regardless of mileage, if they run. then the trans is probably another $1500-2000. You would almost certainly have to chop up the frame to do the swap. i dont even know how it would fit under the hood.

dont get me wrong, is a cool mod, i would LOVE to see you do it, seriously, but it will be a humongous investment unless a drivetrain falls into your lap
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The 7.5L gas engine swap has been done in earlier Rangers.
I've never heard of a 7.3 TD Ranger swap, though.




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Holy ***** your gonna need some heavy duty springs up front and like.......a couple couches in the back for traction
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new tires weekly...lol
i would love to do that!!
race for da $$$
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like everyone else said... that'd be ridiculously sweet.

good luck, that's all i can really say.
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that would be one fast **** n git Ranger!! lol! last a good while too. I would be mostly concerned about fitment and weight support and cost as well.

But hey, if you got the time, the resources, tools and $$$$$, go for it! I wouldn't know the first thing about needless to say. More power to you man if you do it! -Mike-
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ok he probably put a frame of a bigget truck and went from there

i too have a project in my head right now

its going to be a body of a ________ on a ranger chasis axles

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maybe he mounted it in the bed?
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Yeah, you would have to GUT the entire engine bay and beef the frame and suspension.
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Yeah, you would have to GUT the entire engine bay and beef the frame and suspension.
That's the exact kind of stuff I heard when I said I was putting a 4.6 dohc into my Ranger.

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some shop in austin, tx does diesel conversions on just about everything. i cant find the link right now but i had considered the ford conversiom from a mexican truck, it would have been like 3-4 k installed.
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The 2.8L or 3.0L South American Ranger Powerstroke would be very reasonable swap.

The V8 Powerstroke - forget about it. It is a VERY large engine with VERY large cooling needs. YOu could fit the engine - maybe with no radiator, but you would be hard pressed to get the cooling you need in a bed mounted radiator/fan system.

The Powerstroke, both 7.3L and 6.0L have the hot end exhaust running up BEHIND the passengers side head to the tubro, which sits on TOP of the engine. Too long and too tall. Heck, a 302 is a fairly light squeeze fore-aft, I could not imagine a 6.0L or a 7.3L.

Just plain not worth it in my mind.
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Do it. Do it right now. That would be bad @$$. I want to go Gregs direction but not until after im out of AIT if I dont get shipped over seas. but i don't think you would have a hood though.
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That'd be crazy sitting at a red light next to a diesel Ranger lol. It would make me look twice.
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problem is you cant even use it for towing completly pointless be cause the frame cant handle it...

like todd sayed it would be far better to get the deisel from the mexican or euro rangers
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Yea you're probably right, I never thought of that.
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yea ship over a euro turbo diesel.. thatd be some sweet engine modding.. nothn beats some turbo diesel power!
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international sells the 2.8 powerstroke for 8000 as a crate motor
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my dad used to own a 73 scout 2
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my dad used to own a 73 scout 2
my dad had a 77... awesome truck that sadly rusted away... and what does this have to do with a powerstroke diesel in a ranger??

back on topic if i was gonna do a diesel in a ranger i would use a diesel from a car such as a VW TDI engine or a OM 617 or OM 603 from a mercedes... much more managable as far as weight and fit goes and both are emissions legal in the US
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