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New engine for the flat bed Yota

Post in 'The Gear' started by Foragefarmer, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. Foragefarmer

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    A few years back I thought about getting a Polaris Ranger or some sort of side by side for around the farm and then got sticker shock when I actually went in to a dealership. I thought about it for a while and trolled craigslist and bought a 87 toyota pickup for $800. The cab was good, the frame was good, the engine was tired. I spent another $1200 or so on it and it was perfect and road legal for a year and a half when the tired old motor spun a bearing. So it has been mighty sick for a while now, although still running.

    Well everything is in order and a new engine is on the way. I was draining fluids and pulling the radiator when a thunderstorm rolled in.

    The Toyota Ranger

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  2. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    I would not buy one for the reason you say! I said why not buy a ford range. Or toy??
  3. MasterMech

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    I had an '84 Datsun/Nissan pickup for awhile and the engine was the last thing I was worried about with that truck. Fun little trucks to drive and very trail capable on larger tires.
  4. Elderthewelder

    Elderthewelder Minister of Fire

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    where did you buy the new motor from? I have a 87 Yota as well and well need a new motor or rebuild soon. Alot of options out there
  5. Foragefarmer

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    There are too many options out there.


    I am a member of Yota Tech and searched threads around there and changed my mind three times and finally pulled the trigger on an engine from a company called Sun West. They have a good warranty, and it was within budget. They are located in Washington state like you so shipping would be far less than for me. They have a loyal following on Yota Tech and are reasonable. I didn't want to spend the 1k more on an LC Engineering motor or similar.
  6. Foragefarmer

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    236K miles of poor treatment from what I can tell. This is the third truck I have had with a 22R or 22RE. I wish I hadn't sold the other two.
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    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    Those trucks sell fast in my area.....if you see one for sale and want one, buy it or it'll be gone the next day
  8. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    They sell fast here too. The 4wd world exploded like 10 yrs ago. There the new jeep. They still bring crazy money and the cheap ones sell. Fast.
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    Yeah, I am familiar with Sunwest and have checked them out online, as well as Oregon engine rebuilders and 22re performance.com which is who i want to buy from but they want alot for them. not as much as LCE but still alot.
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  10. Foragefarmer

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    Yeah, you have hit every site I did. 22re performance seems to have a nice product, but I didn't want to spend that much. I went with the supreme engine with the new head and hotter cam. We will see how it works out.
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    I have been getting stuff off the engine so I can yank it out when the new one comes.

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  12. clemsonfor

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    Man that motor looks clean!
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  13. salecker

    salecker Feeling the Heat

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    I'v got an 83,and a 93 that was my dads,the 93 is real tiered 335Kmiles,still runs,but leaks coolant.
    I remember i had to change the engine in my 83,warranty work.A friend gave me a hand,and we had it strapped to the pallet while it was still warm.
    Great trucks,will always have one.
    Thomas
  14. Foragefarmer

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    Pressure washer. :p It was a greasy mess. Whoever replaced the timing chain at some point didn't get a good seal between the oil pan and the timing chain cover.
  15. Beer Belly

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    I don't know how these imports get so many miles out their trucks....my '06 Silverado hit 90,000 miles and just started falling apart to the point where I was putting as much into it as a new truck payment
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    It gets worse. What engine was in your 06? If it was a 350 then the two engines are bastard cousins. Everything I have read says Toyota used the 350 as the basis for the straight 6 in the FJ 40 land cruiser. They then lopped two cylinders off for the 20r and which layer became the 22r which is why the motor mounts and tranny bolt layout are the same as the Chevy 350.
  17. MasterMech

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    The 350 was retired from the pickups in '01 when GM went to LS series engines with the exception of the 4.3L six.
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    Seems to me like a better option than one of those UTVs. Much cheaper AND street legal.
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    simple.serf Feeling the Heat

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    We got 400K out of a 94 Ford Ranger (never touched the bottom end of the motor!), 225k on a 98 Ranger (2.5 pinto engine), 183 on an 04 Ranger (rolled that one) and currently 74K on my new to me 04 Ranger. All of these are on domestic designed and built trucks. The only one that was falling apart (but is still on the road nevertheless) is the 94.
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    Not hardly. They are re-badged Mazdas.
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    I think the Mazdas are actually re-badged Fords. Can an owner verify by telling us the first digit of the VIN from one?
  22. oldspark

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    I think you are right according to what I found, ford engineered any way.
    Foragefarmer-neat truck, I bught a brand new 1971 Datsun for 2275, wife wreacked it and it still sits out behind the barn.
  23. clemsonfor

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    The rangers are good trucks. I see many full size that go 300k though? I work in the wood/timber business. Many of these guys out 30-50 thousand miles a year on their trucks.
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    Mazda are now rebadged rangers after ford acquired most of Mazda in the 90s. That's why old rangers n Mazda don't look alike but do latter. For in this acquisition gained engine technology and now uses some Mazda stuff. Even my 1990 ranger has a Mazda trans but back then Mazda did not look like ford. The 2.3 has and back then was a ford engine.
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    Brings back memories of my old 85 4wdtoyota. I had a crappy crate 21ru engine and had to put in a 22r from a wrecking yard. The wrecking yard motor was great. It had good compression so I bought it cheap. It was a 2wd engine in my 4wd 85.

    I didn't know that they had carb'd 22Rs in 1987. When did they switch to EFI and IFS?

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