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Opinions Wanted: 2003 Ranger 4.0L - 2.3T swap
#1

I got offered to buy a solid 2003 Ranger with a blown engine. Has anybody done one of these swaps on here? The springs on my '86 Mustang are pushing up through the floor so its time to continue my Turbo addiction in another way.

I know anything can be done!..but I just wanted to see if there are any opinions out there...

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1986 2.3T Mustang - 88 TC engine, T-5, Ford Motorsport 3:55 posi, Gutted, Ported, Intercooled.
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#2

I like these Cologne engines.

Here's a turbo 2.8 Cologne in a Capri.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIWiuF80gOI

I'd go for the swap since your car is falling apart. But I wouldn't put anyone down if they decided to boost a Cologne engine either.
'86 SVO, ported head, ported intake, Bo 1.5, .040 block, Pimp XS.
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#3

I don't know what the production number were for 4.0 Rangers ~ BUT, as a longtime former Ford mechanic, I recall them being fairly rare compared to the 2.3, 2.9 and 3.0 versions.....perhaps even coveted and worth more to Ranger aficionados?

IOW, perhaps you could trade your engine-blown 4.0 iteration for a 2.3-powered one, using the Wanted/Selling section of a Ranger forum? DUNNO! Otherwise, in addition to fabbing a new exhaust system and installing a VAM and 2.3T ECU.....you'd also be looking at swapping/changing the wiring harness, mounts, accessory brackets, bell/trans and probably the driveshaft. :dunno:
Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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#4

Only issue with the SOHC 4.0's is the early ones had issues with their right side cam tensioner guides wearing out. And the engine has to be removed to replace them.
'86 SVO, ported head, ported intake, Bo 1.5, .040 block, Pimp XS.
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#5

I was referring to the pushrod 4.0's, which are identical in overall size (except for the EFI intake) to their 2.6, 2.8 and 2.9 Cologne brethren. AFAIK, the 1990 AWD Aerostar was the first host vehicle for the 4.0 pushrod engines. :dunno: <font color=navy>
Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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#6

The SOHC is a Cologne engine. It even has the same casting as the OHV blocks. Instead of a camshaft though they have a jackshaft that drives the right side cam. And this is because Ford didn't spend the money to cast two different heads. The head is the same for both sides of the engine. The right head is merely turned around and faces the firewall.

Ford was even so kind as to use the same coil pack that my '89 SHO uses.

I'd say Ford got their money's worth out of the Cologne engines.
'86 SVO, ported head, ported intake, Bo 1.5, .040 block, Pimp XS.
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#7

Quote:Originally posted by jimtash:


The head is the same for both sides of the engine.


I know. I worked on a "then-new" one before retiring. There are also no keys/keyways or splines for the cam sprockets' attachment to the cam.....the juncture is just a "friction fit". That makes it fun to align the cams & sprockets, using the special OTC "cam-holding" fixture.....said nobody ever! Rolleyes <font color=green>
Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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#8

When I was stationed in Germany, I had a German made Ford Capri with the 2.8 and it was a rocket! Get rid of the emissions crap and all the other us mandated crap, order up some parts from Europe and enjoy.....can’t get the good parts here.
2017 F150 Ecoboost 3.5 TT (sold)
2017 Mustang GT PP (sold)
2019 Mustang EcoBoost (sold) 
86 SVO not stock
83 Ford Ranger project
2019 E350 service body, work truck and tow rig.
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