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Old 02-23-2013, 03:42   #1 (permalink)
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90 Ranger rebuild

I removed motor, tranny, Pcm and so forth. Am restoring it but have an 88 mustang 2.3 short block that is rebuilt with all street/strip mods. I don't want electronic spark and want to put in a distributor with points. Will a 1974 Pinto distributor inter change with the 88 2.3 ?
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:59   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 90 Ranger rebuild

Not sure why you don't want electronic spark, but checking oil pump part numbers, they don't match , so, there is something different. Not sure above and beyond that.
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Re: 90 Ranger rebuild

When I removed the old 2.3 and tranny, I also removed the PCM as I was going back to a carb and older basic wiring.
Since it won't fit how would I now use my dura spark electronic spark?
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Re: 90 Ranger rebuild

Well, I didn't say they wouldn't fit, just that there's something different. It might be something as minor as flow capacities with the pump, I chose the pump as the shaft of the distributor drives it. My suggestion is if you have the 88's distributor, see if you can find the distributor for the 74 and see if there's a difference in the shaft and seal. You're delving in areas less known as restomods are generally done on small block 8's and they generally go modern rather than old school.

There is a carbeurated version of the engine that ran from 84-87, not sure if this version will help you more. I've seen where they had major changes to the engine in 84 and 88 (the HSC and HSO versions of the engine), but I cant find anything about major block changes, so you may be in luck.
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Re: 90 Ranger rebuild

Went to pull apart and found an 86 an 87 that both had 2.3's with carbs and the dura spark ignition so I got the igniters off of them. if I have to I can go to an MSD box.
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Cool, let us know how it works for you.
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