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87 Ranger engine rebuild

Well i bought this truck for $550 engine ran like crap but it has a great body and good 5-speed. Anyway on to the pic's

The shop where it all comes together.
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Random crap in the bed
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The inside (don't worry it will all come together )
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Wiring mess...
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Wtf who stole my engine!?!?!
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More parts
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Hood all primed and almost ready for paint
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More primer sanded and ready for paint
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The front end
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And the best tool of them all!
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I will post more as the truck gets finished.

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Old 08-30-2008
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Damn, giant pictures, Smaller next time? Its makes me sick scrolling through them. Looks like a big project! Cant wait to see it come together.
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Damn sorry about that im about to run but i will resize them later.
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What engine?

Dewalt is not the best tool of them all. Not a big fan of those compressors.

Looks like it will be a fun project, though.
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What engine?

Dewalt is not the best tool of them all. Not a big fan of those compressors.

Looks like it will be a fun project, though.
The engine is just the 2.3 it had shattered rings on the #2 piston (it was ran with no air cleaner had sand all over the rings....)We have had that compressor for about 3 years and have had no problems.
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Dewalt is not the best tool of them all. Not a big fan of those compressors.
Its a shame emglo got bought out like that. Looks like its gonna be a sick build
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Well some good news the block is done..... at the machine shop that is lol. I am going to pick it up tomorrow. Time to start putting everything back together.
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Well i got the block crank and head back from the machine shop the other day. The crank is installd i hope to have the pistons installed by tommorow night. Here are a few pic's.

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.30 over pistons.
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One hella clean crank :P
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Good start on a project I have a 84 I am getting ready to drop a 351 in. But a really good start on your project.
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Good start on a project I have a 84 I am getting ready to drop a 351 in. But a really good start on your project.
Thanks man you are going to beef up the frame right? That 5.8 is going to twist the hell out of it if you dont!
Anyhow the pistons are in .

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the frame will be fine with a 351, unless he manages a PERFECT launch with no wheel spin......even then itll be fine
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Well a little update got the head torn down and the nasty *** valves removed.

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See i meant NASTY!
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Ford wanted$45 for the gasket for the lower pan for my 5-speed.
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I said F that and made my own
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Well the bottom end is done :) once the head is rebuilt the engine will be ready to go back in. Right now im waiting on ohc bearings :(.
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looks good but trim that gasket to fit a little better..
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looks good but trim that gasket to fit a little better..
Already did i just dont have any after pictures of that.
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Well some more progress and pic's the head is back together and on the block. All timing gears are installed and lower intake. Now i need paint for the valve cover ford blue .

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It wont be long now!
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Cost so far for all this ****...

Grind Crank $80.00
Bore block .30 over $54.00
Press piston pin's in $24.00
Clean block install aux cam bearing's and freeze plugs $70.00
Clean head $15.00
Total for machine work 278.52

Now for the parts....
1 Connecting rod 34.90
Fel-pro Valve stem seal all 8 of them 17.99
Front 5-speed tranny seal 13.49
Tail end seal for 2wd tranny 12.99
Aux cam bearing set 16.99
Oil pan gasket 19.07
Thermostat 5.99
Oxy sensor 40.00
Dist cap 8.00
Dist Rotor 5.00
Water pump 22.99
Passenger motor mount 39.99
Spark plug wire set 15.99
Spark plugs 6.76
Oil filter 5.29
Air filter 5.29
Intake manifold gaskets 6.99
Power st pressure switch 24.99
Timing belt 6.99
Water outlet 20.00
Piston ring compressor 13.99
Oil pump 35.99
oil pump screen 33.99
Head bolt set 35.99
Engine asy lube 5.29
All of this for a grand total of..... $763.57
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Well the engine is back in the truck and it ran for the first time tonight! Damn im so glad to hear that little 2.3 fire up :).

Im in the white shirt the person w/o a shirt is my dad without his help none of this would be possible.

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Almost there..
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:)
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Well the Ranger broke 100 miles today and all is well :).

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I am going to paint the truck midnight blue. It will be a kickass ride when im done!
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wow i love that body style
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better than ****
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yeah!!
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Haha would you guys be talking about the truck or the av?
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I think the truck, or both LOL, whered you get the av? And great work man, nice job.
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I think the truck, or both LOL, whered you get the av? And great work man, nice job.
I came around the av just messing around in google image search. Thanks the truck is still doing great now i just need to save up and fix the A/C.
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All the engine work and you didn't do a 2.3T swap?
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