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Old 06-24-2009, 02:40 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Clev View Post
Could be gearing too. I imagine the more powerful engine comes with taller gears.
If those older S-10's follow the second gen formula, it would have been 3.73 for I4, and 3.08 for the V6. Same transmission ratio's.

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Old 06-24-2009, 06:49 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by DifferentPointofView View Post
Stick shift 4 cylinder Chevy S10? That thing will get you over 30mpg.

Otherwise, i'm still looking for a VW Caddy Pickup. the thing is diesel, and will get you over 50mpg easy.
I second this: as much as I hated the S10 I used to have, it managed 30mpg at 75mph. If I was aware of hypermiling when I had it, I could probably have squeezed 35mpg out of it with minor mods and driving habit adjustments.
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Originally Posted by Christ View Post

The next choice is a Ford Ranger, which comes equipped with a 2.3 4 cylinder. The engine from a Ford Escort (1.9 or 1.6, either one) will fit directly against that transmission. You use the flywheel and pressure plate/clutch disc from the Escort engine.

I don't know if the diesel engine is the same bellhousing from a Escort as the regular gas engine or not, so I can't say if you can use that one.
The 2.3 in the Ranger, Pinto, Turbo Coupe, and Mustangs are not the same as the 2.3 in the Tempo. Tempos and Escorts have a transverse engine with a transaxle.
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Originally Posted by Jetta90GL View Post
The 2.3 in the Ranger, Pinto, Turbo Coupe, and Mustangs are not the same as the 2.3 in the Tempo. Tempos and Escorts have a transverse engine with a transaxle.
Wikipedia says that it's the same engine, and later was stroked 7 mm to form the 2.5L 4-cylinder used in later Rangers.

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I have a old Benz 300d turbo diesel that i ran veggie in , cant drive it any longer but the engine and drive train are good, I'm always keeping a eye out for a good donor vehicle to drop it in.. I always though a old mid sized truck shell would be perfect, like the Jeep trucks, they had inline 6's in them so there plenty of room for the inline 300 d motor etc.. the benz turbo diesel engines are bullet proof and take veggie oil great.. could be a great option if you want to go vegan and get rid of the dino.

Otherwise i know they drop the Cummins 4 cylinders in chevy small block v8 trucks easily.. and I know in a S10 you can drop in a v8 small block.. in a suburban the 4 cylinder cummins' get 27 mpg with them.. in a smaller truck I bet you'd see low 30's easily, biggest hurtle with diesel is the motors usually arn't cheap as gas motors.

Really it all depends on what you want to do , if you need to haul alot youll need alot of extra power on tap if you need it.. But if not you could get a smaller motor that puts out less HP and that would hopefully give better milage.. JUst like any economy car there not rockets, and wont tow 6,000 pounds, but that why they get better MPG's


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