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Old 08-30-2013, 08:13 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Josie - '87 Toyota Pickup
90 day: 40.02 mpg (US)

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Barring the diesel swap, you could consider finding a sound Lima 2.3 or 2.5 from a wrecked Ranger and swap that in. Not as much of a headache that way, trying to get the utterly foreign diesel engine into a bay that it was never intended to fit. It'll still all be Ford parts from one end to the other.

+1 on EOC. It's crazy how much distance you can rack up with no engine sounds. I've found myself keeping a running tally in my head of how many miles on my morning commute (personal best, 2.1 miles out of a 23 miles drive) I can do with the engine off. Some of that's on the interstate, so sometimes the engine stays on depending on conditions.

Now to maximize your EOC: how are your wheel bearings? That's a 20 year old truck, and they might be 20 year old bearings judging by how you described its condition coming from your BIL. And the alignment, too.

Lead or follow. Either is fine.
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