1985-86: Ford Ranger and Bronco II

Diesel World - - Vintage Smoke Light Trucks: Part Two -

The Ranger com­pact pickup diesel line was en­hanced in 1985 by the ad­di­tion of an op­tional 2.3L turbo diesel. Built by Mit­subishi, it was of­fered through 1987. It was vir­tu­ally the same en­gine as used in the Dodge Ram 50 trucks and Mit­subishi Mighty Max pick­ups. Doc­u­ments also show it as an op­tion for the Bronco II in ’85 and ’86, but it has not yet been proven they were ac­tu­ally built for sale. If so, it was an ex­tremely rare op­tion and there are no known sur­vivors. Un­like the ear­lier Mazda/ Perkins diesel, the Mitsu-pow­ered Ranger was also avail­able with four-wheel drive, but still only on the reg­u­lar cab pick­ups. It came stan­dard with a 5-speed man­ual with no other op­tions and was EPA rated at 25/23/27.

DIS­PLACE­MENT: 2.3L (143ci) POWER: 86 hp @ 4,200 rpm TORQUE: 134 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm COM­PRES­SION RA­TIO: 21:1 AS­PI­RA­TION: Tur­bocharged

 1985 Ford Ranger pickup (not a diesel)  1986 Ford Bronco II (not a diesel)  2.3L Mit­subishi 4D55T diesel

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