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Old 04-03-2007
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Is there any differences in blocks for the 2.3 over the years. I have a 1983 and I need to find a block to rebuild that will work in my 83 ranger

All help is greatly appreciated!!
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Old 04-04-2007
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for 95 they eliminated the distributor hole and all sorts of other items. Stick with a 94 or older block and you should be all set. It will be even more direct if you go with one that already has a distributor because it will have the drive gear in it already instead of having to swap the one from your engine.
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Old 04-04-2007
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some of the 94's also had the newer 95-97 motors.
i agree with jason, get one with a distributor allready.

OR you could swap over to the newer style motor with coil packs.
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Old 04-05-2007
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I'm lookin for one 2.3 that will work with my 83 ranger head
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Old 04-08-2007
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have a good one in north georgia it is a 85 model std bore good shape the only problem is shipping it would be pricey , would let block go for 35.00
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Old 04-09-2007
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83-88 all the 2.3 motors will directly swap with each other.

89-97 the blocks went to a smaller main journal, and obviously smaller main journal crank.

89-94 engines can be swapped into your 83 with minimal modifications.

95+ engines are a different animal. Same blocks, but castings changed a little. This would not be your best choice to switch too.

Your head will bolt to any Lima 2.3 block.
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