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    They had quite a few different duties they did.
     
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    That iron head Ford 2300 in that ranger is like their version on the slant 6 they are pretty indestructable. 240K it may just live to over 300k as.long as you dont run it out of oil. If your waiting till it pops to drop in that 351C , you may be waiting awhile LOL
     
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      Esslinger has the technology to make those 4 bangers run :D
       
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        351 Windsor is a good engine.
         
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        RustyRatRod Bla de blizhibliz de blatde blizi bla bla FABO Gold Member

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        As does Boport. The 2.3 is a very under rated engine. I am presently building a 2.3 turbo engine.
         
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          My Dad always had big cars with big blocks, '66 Chrysler 383, '74 Buick Electra 455, '74 New Yorker 440, then bought a 1979 Lincoln Town Car 400. He was told it was a big block by the seller, when I told him it was a small block he was soooooooo pissed, never seen him that angry.

          I bought the Buick and raced Dad in the New Yorker, I kept it in first gear, the GMs shifted out at 60 mph he kept his in auto, I won he said I cheated. Greatest race I ever had in my life!
           
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            My son and I have talked about putting a turbo to the 4cyl in it. Or doing a healthy rebuild on it and bump it up a little bit power wise.
             
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            It's a great engine for a turbo. Lots of stuff available. Cheap to build too. Right up my alley. lol
             
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            If I can find an '85 SVO Mustang I like, I'll be all over it. Just a lil 4 banger :rolleyes:.
             
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            Look up Turbo Joe Morgan. He runs a 2.3 turbocoupe engine in a 71 pinto hatchback. Its an insane drag car.
             
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            My brother gad a 351M 400 in a 79 bronco. He put in a 460 out of an early 70s LTD wagon his buddy demo derbied.
             
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            Those really good Ford guys should know, if they're really good Ford guys, there's no such thing as big or small block in Ford.

            FE's, Y-blocks, FT's, 335's, 385's, MEL's, Windsor's...

            All engine families, not inhibited by cubic inch size.

            For example, the FE ran from 332 all the way up to 428 with a 427 in between.

            Edit: let me correct myself. They "did" have big and small blocks. In inline six cylinders. The 200 was a small block, the 240 and 300's were big blocks.
             
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            Don't forget the "Thrift Six" :D A whopping 144ci of whoopass :rofl:
             
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              The 300 six was in my opinion one of the best engines that ford ever built. I had one in a 4x4 ford truck. Had a set of headers on it, looked like a plate of spaghetti noodles. But man did that thing make gobs of just stump pulling power. I had a big ass lift kit and 36" mudders on there, I would wheel that truck everywhere. I'd load it up with firewood down excavator logging trails and power through the mud with a chain hooked up to big ol chevy 4x4s pulling them out of axle deep stuck mud all the way to the paved road. I miss that truck. I search craigslist for it regularly. If I ever see it again for sale i'll buy it right away.
               
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                I have a 78 F250 with a 300.

                Guys would ask if I was going with a 460.

                Nope.

                "But then you could haul ass!"

                "Yeah, well, right now I can haul ass. And cows, and dead cars, and firewood and lumber and..."

                Pretty much shut em up.

                And having experience with Ford being a former Ford tech, you're right. The 300 *is* the superior engine.
                 
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                  They were gas hogs though. I think my compnee work truck managed about 12mpg on the highway, certain the work truck gearing played a big part in that also.
                   
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                  Mine's not too bad. 3.73's gets 14-15 highway, which if you think about it, isn't bad for the year.

                  Plan is to put an NV4500 behind it.
                   
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                  Yeah mine never got good milage, but back then they still sold leaded gas and it was like .90 a gallon. And I worked at a gas station, lol. Man, I am really missing that truck now after thinking about it again. I have to find that thing. I sold it locally 20 years ago.
                   
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                  my '72 short bed 390 used to get 16mpg loaded, unloaded, flat ground, hills, it just didn't care. Roast the L70s for half a block :lol:
                   
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                    One of things about Ford. Mileage never changed, loaded or empty.
                     
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