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Old 03-17-2014
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Diesel.. Not mine

So i found this ranger with a diesel and all this info so im making this because i think this info needs to be out there and saved on the forums since its so hard to find .. How to make a diesel ranger(for google search that will make it easy to pull up as far as key words)

Ford Ranger Diesel Project - Imgur


Heres the rest of the info i can find and this truck is currently for sale for 5k which i think is a steal

-- 1994 TURBO DIESEL Ford Ranger Extended Cab 4 Wheel Drive 30+ MPG --

Started off as a 1994 Ranger 4x4 4.0 5SPD. I swapped in a 4D55TD (Mitsubishi Turbo Diesel) using all factory Ford running gear. (Transmission, Transfer Case, Drivelines. . . ETC.) The mileage / hours of the engine were unknown, so I pulled the head and inspected everything before installation. The mileage on the other various driveline components are very low. During re-gearing of the truck, I sought out to find low mileage front / rear end axles (approx. 120,000 mi). I have several "Build Threads" from a couple "Ford Ranger Forum" sites that you can review along with the pictures in this AD. I found that the crosshatched cylinders were still visible and everything looked very good. I cleaned everything up and replaced all the gaskets and seals while everything was accessible. I had Seattle Injector CO. completely rebuild the VE injection pump, along with all 4 of the injectors. During the conversion I contacted the DMV/DOL and got the truck inspected and registered and titled as a DIESEL -- Legally. This truck, actually in the state of WA is now emissions EXEMPT! Runs well and gets great fuel economy, especially being a 4WD Truck. I consistently see 32-35 MPG's with my driving habits and have seen almost 40 MPG! a couple of times. I also installed an AUDI intercooler with a high speed motorcycle fan for extra power and lower EGTs.

I also came across a deal on a front end from a newer Ranger, so that is why it doesn't look like the correct year. It was never in any kind of accident in my possession. Body lines all line up pretty good but could benefit from someone who wanted to take the time and make it look perfect. I had planned on doing all of the body work, along with a paint job before I lost my job and the space to do it. I also didn't want to just spray a cheap paint job or do quick body work to give the appearance more than it is. It deserves someone who wants to take the time and do quality to work. There is NO real rust on the truck (small surface amount on hood), just small dents and paint blemishes. I've driven the truck off and on periodically and it's always done great mostly short range trips of about 50-60 miles or so.

The Interior has also been redone. All gauges (Water, Oil, Volt, Tachometer, Speedo. . . ETC. all work as they should) I reupholstered the saggy headliner, installed newer carpet; along with power Ford Explorer leather seats (very comfortable), Explorer console, and Over Head Console (Compass, Temp. Gauge... ETC.) I also installed a Boost Gauges and a Pyro (EGT Gauge) with the probe IN the manifold for accurate readings. I have a momentary glow plug switch with a LED indicator light, along with a LED indicator light for water in fuel. Next to the glow plug switch, I have a pre-wired fog light switch (all wired up, just never bought the lights) and an electric fan bypass. All switches have lights to indicate that they are in the ON position. New Pioneer CD player with Bluetooth capability (Mic. is wired into the visor) along with older pioneer speakers.

The cons to the truck are :

Needs a Windshield
Cruise control works OK if enough vacuum is present and on flat terrain, however needs help on long pulls or hills.
Driver side lumbar bag leaks (pump works fine... just deflates)
Needs a paint job and some body work
Has a small oil leak, from what I believe to be the dipstick sheath (it was torn, so I spliced the two haves with a vinyl hose.. pretty sure that is the issue, but haven't looked at it too hard.)
Passenger door key cylinder is tough to turn (opens and closes great from in / out .. drivers side key cylinder works fine, never bothered me)

Engine / Mechanical
Injection Pump / Injectors
(2) New 800 CCA Interstate Batteries
New Oil Pan Gasket / Oil Filter
New Felpro Head Gasket
New Felpro Valve Cover Gasket
New Felpro Intake / Exhaust Gasket
New Water Pump / Gaskets
New Thermostat / Water Hoses
New Glow Plugs / Relay / Wiring
New Slave Cylinder / Throw Out Bearing
New Clutch / Pressure Plate
New Master Cylinder / Hose to Reservoir
New Timing Belt
New Balance Shaft Belt
New Dakota Digital Tach Converter
New Lift Pump / Fuel Water Separator
Fuel Heater @ Filter
New Fuel Lines / Inline Filter
New Battery Cables
New Starting Relays + Wiring
New Power Steering Lines
Flywheel Surfaced
Electric Fan VIA Thermostatic Switch @ 4000 CFM
New 130A 3G Alternator Upgrade
New Serpentine Belt
New Heater Core Hoses
Rear Main Seal Replaced
New Oil Catch Can W/ Removable Bowl
Audi / VW Intercooler with High Volume Cooling fan on Thermostatic Switch

Interior / Dash
Custom Momentary Glow Plug Switch
Glow Plug / Water in Fuel Indicators
Electric Fan Bypass / With Indicator ON
Explorer Overhead Console with Directional Compass / Outside Temp
Electric Leather Seats with Upper / Lower Lumbar and Adj. Leg Support
Deep Cleaned Carpets
Explorer Center Console
All Dash Illumination Lights Replaced
Custom Chrome Shifter / **** / Boot
New EGT / BOOST Gauges via Pillar Pod

Exterior / Body
2005 Front End Swap (needs completed)
Original Ranger Diesel Emblems

Recent / Regular Services
Replaced Transfer Case Fluid
Replaced Transmission Gear Oil
Flushed / Replaced all Antifreeze
Regular Oil changes / WIX Filters
Standadyne Fuel Additive EVERY Tank
Newer Low Mile Front / Rear Differential units with 3.73 and Limited Slip
Brand New Rear Drum Brakes / Front Disc Brakes
New Wheel Bearings / Seals
Warn Manual Locking Hubs
C-Clip Eliminator in D35 Front Axle
Rebuilt Electric 4x4 Shift Motor

(Please keep in mind any "New" parts now have 5,000 - 7,000 miles on them now)

Here is a LINK to a photo gallery that has various other photos that I've taken during the various stages of the conversion :

Ford Ranger Diesel Project - Imgur

Here are a couple videos I made before I decided I would sell. Hopefully gives you another perspective.


The truck isn't a "powerhouse" but it does pretty good for the size of the truck and weight. The ideal buyer would be someone who wants to take the time and really make it nice; someone who has an interest in diesels and know how to drive and tune them up. I do believe somebody that has a greater understanding of these engines could do a lot more than I have. I have timing slightly advanced and the fuel up just a hare. The VE pump on these things allow you to truly dial in what you want out of the truck. With one screw, you can turn up the power till the tires spin crazy and you blow black smoke, or dial it down and get the economy you want. Truly amazing how much there is to tune and dial in for your specific needs. I've invested a ton of time and money on trying to make it comfortable, reliable, and presentable.
I have done my best to represent the truck as I can.

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