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Marrying a 4 cyl Diesel to a Ford Ranger

So I'm in the process of starting a project truck. I'm talking to a guy who's selling a first generation Ford Ranger. My project is to basically pull out the gasoline engine and put in a 4 cylinder diesel engine with an automatic transmission and new rear axel assembly.

However, I have no idea what's a good engine/transmission/rear axel combination is for a First Gen diesel and was wondering if y'all could give me some advice or point me in the right direction.

Thank you very much for your help.
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First Gen Rangers came with 4cyl diesels, '83 to '87, there were a few in '88
Good read here on what they were: The Early Ford Ranger Diesel Engines

The turbo diesels wasn't bad, without the turbo you basically tolerated it because of MPG, lol.

Cummins 4bt engine has been a popular, and expensive, swap.
Google: Ford Ranger 4bt
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First Gen Rangers came with 4cyl diesels, '83 to '87, there were a few in '88
Good read here on what they were: The Early Ford Ranger Diesel Engines

The turbo diesels wasn't bad, without the turbo you basically tolerated it because of MPG, lol.

Cummins 4bt engine has been a popular, and expensive, swap.
Google: Ford Ranger 4bt
Thanks! I know Ford did sell some diesel Rangers, but the rarity is the main reason why I'm interested in doing a swap myself. :)

I may actually go with the Cummins for this project. My dad always brought Dodge Ram trucks that had Cummins engine in it, so it may work out for me.
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There is actually a 4BT swap forum, didn't know that: Cummins 4BT & Diesel Conversions Forums

I also thought someone here or maybe at another site was looking to make a VW TDI trans adapter for RWD or 4x4 use
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He used a manual, so that is different and would have to be figured out, and he had a later year Ranger than you, but, check out this thread:

TDI Ranger Build

4bt is very heavy. A properly refreshed VW 4 cyl TDI would be the way to go IMO (and that about exhausts my knowledge on the subject).

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