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« on: December 05, 2016, 03:03:58 pm »

I will have more of a back story in another post. I have a nearly rust free 1979 Mazda B2000 that cracked the head. In my infinite wisdom I decided it was a great time to perform an engine swap. Looking to order a few components for engine assembly, fuel pump, clutch, etc... The truck is sitting outside in the snow at the moment as I want to assemble the engine before fitting it in the truck.

This should be a nice little upgrade from a carb 2.0L to fuel injected turbo 2.3. Pictures will come as I progress.

Let me know if you have any questions. This is to be my daily driver once completed.
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2016, 03:44:36 pm »

Being that it will be turbo and a  mini-truck, I'd probably go with an automatic. They are a little hard to find, but there is a factory bellhousing for the 2.3/C4.

If you just have to have a manual, I'd consider a WC V8 T5 with a four cylinder input shaft. Sticking with a hydraulic clutch would probably be a good choice as well. I'm not sure how shifter placement will be.

I hear that the Nissan Pathfinder rear is a popular swap and that there is even a factory limited slip available. Its supposedly a fairly strong rear.

Of yeah, the Ford Courier was offered with the 2.3. So factory engine mounts are available.
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I honestly don't get it.

I'm sweating, my heart is racing, my clutch foot is twichin', and my right arm punched the computer screen doing an involentary 2-3 shift while reading all that. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2016, 07:35:08 am »

hey Qualk, I put a 5.0 in one of these about 10-12 years ago. I will try and find some pics if I still have them. That was after I turbocharged the little mazda 2.0 ohc engine it originally came with . Set it up blowthru straight propane. Broke the block about 3 times before i chucked it out and put the 5.0 in there. When you ae looking at the pics, just remember our steering wheel is on the wrong side over here!!!


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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2016, 07:39:41 am »

here are the finished pics of the 5.0 install


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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2016, 09:44:03 am »

Juiced: My understanding is that the b2000 and ford courier engine cross members are rather different, but I do have the 2.3 engine and trans mounts to modify if need be.

302ute: That is awesome to see a turbo 5.0? in the little b2000. where did you end up putting the ecu for the 5.0?

After I order my parts I hope to only have to clean and assemble the engine. Then it will be remove the old and modify for the new.
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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2016, 02:19:47 pm »

Juiced: My understanding is that the b2000 and ford courier engine cross members are rather different

I'm not sure how much was changed on the 2.3 trucks, but the 2.0 trucks are nearly identical. The 2.3 version that I had was equipped with HD suspension and a granny gear. I even used many B2000 parts on my Courier. I don't think either have much in common with newer B2200 and Ranger trucks.
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Doing more with less, or something like that.
http://sbftech.com/index.php/topic,20009.0.html

Quote from: Monte Smith
Bottom line, if it was the hot ticket, the fast guys would do it.............they don't

You might need some Titanium rods and a flow bench!  LMAO on floor

I honestly don't get it.

I'm sweating, my heart is racing, my clutch foot is twichin', and my right arm punched the computer screen doing an involentary 2-3 shift while reading all that. 
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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2016, 12:10:30 am »

Qualk, unfortunately it wasn't turbocharged. I just ran the pipes like that so I didnt have to cut anything like inner guards. The exhaust just went underneath the x-member. No ecu either, got rid of all the efi and went straight propane with an msd distributor and 6al. I just put the air intake pipe down behind the headlight for cold air. The plan was to turbocharge it with straight propane eventually.

Long story short, got pulled apart to get painted and start building a proper engine for it and life got in the way so it got pushed to the back corner. Sold the running gear off. It is only now becoming a project again but plans change. It is now getting a 2jz toyota  with a340 4sp auto, e85 and lots of boost. Our vehicle registration here goes by number of cylinders ( dumb , I know) so it will be cheaper for registration plus I get a 4sp auto for more relaxed cruising.

Interested to see how yours looks!!! I have a soft spot for them, I've had a few and they've been great little trucks once you put a decent motor in there.


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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2017, 11:28:06 am »

Picture of the truck. Pretty much looks the same.
I have most of the parts needed to build the engine. Waiting for a warm day to pressure wash everything before assembly.
I started driving the truck again last week and seems to be doing well (meaning I misdiagnosed that the stock engine was still messed up.)

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