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post #1 of 13 Old June 22nd, 2014, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Wanted to share my engine build!

Hey guys,

been working on a little project lately, trying to get it together in the next 6 weeks.

You could call it a "build", but it's not really anything that's 'custom' or 'epic' but it's still something I'm loving and I thought maybe some of you guys would appreciate it, and give me some pointers too!

The long block as it came (Out of an 88' Ranger):


Been sitting a while on the guy's floor but I tore into it!



I knew there was lots to be done, but I was really enjoying getting to know the engine better.



Specific pieces I began to work on and strip down, to get looking good:



The paint did a bang up job, and for my use (Not really for any type of show car) it's great!

What would I be without my book!



Working on that head was a pretty long job. I wanted to get the rust gone and smooth out the cast better.


But after a long and interesting day of work, I had a pretty awesome result:



And tomorrow we get into this bad boy:



So that's my work so far, what do you guys think? I have a pretty good idea of where I'm going with all this, but feel free to mention cool ideas!

Thanks guys,

93Z

(Update!)

Thought I'd show you guys a better idea of where I'm going color wise:




I can't wait to get the engine block ready to go!

93Z

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looking good! Hope it all works the way you plan, and starts right up the first time!
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Thanks! Right now I'm cleaning the engine block itself up. I was hoping some people could help me figure out this next part. I know this picture is blurry because I took it quickly, but this is what the top of the block looks like right now, which is dirty (And much cleaner after some gasket remover and softly cleaning up the carbon on the piston heads)

The cooling jackets have me worried. I've read that I can fill it with white vinegar and water to help loosen up that junk and slowly clean drain and repeat. I assume that other's have experience in this as well. I really would like to not have to disassemble the block completely, because there's no need for the pistons to come out or the main crank bearings to be checked. Also, if I wanted to flush the oil system, to check for gunk and deposits of whatever debris that might have formed since its been sitting for so long, what do you think I could do?

Thanks for any information I can get!
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looks like its gonna be awesome can't wait to see it done.
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Update!

Been hard at work painting up pieces and cleaning up rust and old paint.

This is how she sits now:





It has been a hugeeee labor of love to clean up the block to make it just right for paint. I'm not even trying to make it absolutely perfect because it could drive me insane. I really like how its looking and I'm going to get into the oil pan tomorrow, and hopefully start to seal it up and bolt it together for real!

Also, I used Rockauto for lots of the parts I bought and I can't complain. The parts came quick and cheap, they fit right and I had the proper confirmation emails and everything to make it go smoothly.

Cheers,

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glad to see the progress, that is a really nice paint scheme.
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post #7 of 13 Old September 12th, 2014, 08:41 PM
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Hope the outside of the car looks as good as the engine.
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The engine looks amazing, I personally wouldn't use that header, but it does look good.

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Quote:
The long block as it came (Out of an 88' Ranger)


That's definitely a 2.5L so he must mean the engine came from 98'.

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The engine looks amazing, I personally wouldn't use that header, but it does look good.



Yeah, got to agree with you there, those short tube headers kind of suck. The later model Ranger 2.5L iron manifold, seems to make the most power out all the stock exhaust parts I ever dyno'd.

Kind of an old post, some updates would be nice to see.


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Looks great! Did you ever get that cooling jacket flush figured out?

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looks Great man, what are your goals for hp?
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Hey Guys,

Been so long since I've posted in this thread and I feel bad I haven't been active to answer questions or comment on things. So coming back to this I thought I'd show a little bit more progress and explain the situation.

Firstly, this is the first 4 Cyl Lima I've ever worked on, so I simply assumed the guy selling me the engine knew what he was talking about. It appeared to me to be the same engine as the one inside of my 93 mustang with slight differences, but now thinking of it as a 2.5L is something that I have mixed feelings about.

Sadly, I sold my mustang at the end of my internship in BC this summer. The engine is waiting for me as I finish school in Ontario.

I sold the mustang simply because to keep it was the wrong decision at the time.

I do however, want to buy a ford ranger to slip this engine into. (I used to have a 6 cylinder ranger and I miss it lots)

I haven't completely cleaned the cooling jackets yet, but I've put tons of hours into elbow grease and painting to get it looking purrrty.



Cheers, I'll update the engine as I go. Thanks for the support,

Z
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There are a few differences between the 2.3 and 2.5, but the 2.5 is a very good engine in my opinion. Most people don't realize how many things on the 2.5 were changed and I think that's why we don't see many 2.3/2.5 swaps. Here's a brief rundown on the external differences I have found;

-Some mounting bolt holes for accessories have different locations.
-Water pump is longer and does not swap with a 2.3.
-Pulley's and accessory brackets have different offsets.
-Engine block front seal carrier has different bolt locations.
-Oil pump sits where the auxiliary shaft normally does and has no provision for a distributor.
-The 2.5 uses a cam position sensor located adjacent to the auxiliary shaft.
-The 2.5 uses a toothed crank trigger wheel and uses a different location for the crank sensor.
-Uses a different water neck which houses the temp sensors.
-The 2.5 uses a different length timing belt.
-The 2.5 uses different cam and aux shaft sprockets.

Of course there are the internal differences as well, like the head, which has 7mm valve stems, smaller diameter springs, locks and retainers, narrower cam lobes, a stamped steel follower and slightly reshaped intake ports


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