Mercedes Diesel Power: 1986 Ford Ranger XLT

Remember that Toyota 22R powered Mercedes-Benz 240D that we posted the other day…that was a strange car…really weird, but I think we’ve discovered where the engine from the Merc ended up…but for the universe not to end in a divide by zero error, there has to be a Toyota pickup with a Ford engine for sale…anyways find this 1986 Ford Ranger XLT offered for $2500 in Hadley, MA via craigslist.  From Cory.


From the seller:

Square body 4×4 Ford Ranger with a Mercedes OM617 turbo diesel engine swapped into it. The truck has a 5 speed manual transmission, manual locking hubs, and electrically shifted transfer case. The adapters were custom made by a local machinist. I’ve put a ton of money into this thing (I have all the receipts) and it’s almost ready to be started but I don’t have the time anymore. To get it running, all that has to be done is attach the oil cooler to the engine before it can run. The cab is rusty but the frame is near flawless and still has paint on most of it. I’m sure I’m forgetting some of the thing’s I’ve bought for it but here goes:

New front wheel bearings

New front rotors

New front lower shock mounts

New shocks

New sway bar bushings

New oil pan gasket 

New running lights and blinkers

New brake lights

New fuel lines

New fuel filters

Custom power steering line

New braided stainless oil cooler lines with AN fittings

New turbo oil drain line with new fittings

New manifold gasket 

New turbo gasket

New intake manifold O-rings

Mandrel bent 3 inch exhaust and hangers

Header wrap

Dakota Digital tach sensor and interface

New clutch

New pressure plate + a spare

New throw out bearing + a spare

New Pilot bearing + a spare

Custom motor mounts

All the fluids have been topped off

New fuel tank

New oil pressure gauge

New coolant temp gauge

New boost gauge

New radiator

K&N air filter



I’m probably forgetting some things but those are the big ones.



To make it street legal you need a bed (I was going to run it as a flat bed), you need to mount the brake lights, install the rear driveshaft, finish the wiring so the windows go up and down, mount the boost/temp/oil pressure gauge panel, possibly notch the oil pan for clearance or lift the truck, finish welding the exhaust, wire in the alternator.

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