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So are you using the ranger trans? Friend of mine is wanting to put a vw diesel in a flatfender jeep. Trying to find the cheapest and easiest trans to put behind one.
Yes, I'm using the ranger trans to make the swap as simple as possible. Absolute cheapest way to bolt a tdi to a rwd trans is http://tditoyota.com/products/tdi-engine-adapter-plate-for-toyota-22r-bell-housing . I don't know squat about 4 cylinder yota tranmissions as to how much TQ they'll handle so I can't offer a comment there.

Got the shifter bits installed!

The unobtanium fx4 floor plate


Had to make a custom bolt thingy, bushings, and sleeve as I didn't get them with the shift linkage. Made the center pivot bushing sleeve .020" taller than the delrin bushing so everything would pivot freely.




Glued the fx4 bezel back together and whipped up an aluminum piece to cover the carpet mismatch. I think it'll work good enough for a work truck!
 

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Very nice work, great job :thumb:
It's getting there! Killing time till adapter kit gets here :rock:.

Got the $58 ebay snorkel installed while I had a quick opening in the shop today. Fits as well as I could hope for a Chinese land cruiser snorkel on a ranger :sonicjay:.

I'm not bothering to hook it up yet, just doing the crap work in prep for the swap. I'm trying to find a metal canister style air filter from an old gen set/hilo/bobcat. It will be easier to work with for I'm what doing over the stock Ford airbox.



 

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Wohoo! My adapter kit finally came in! Time to get back rolling on this project!!!!!

Since these last pics I added a overpacked ford clutched limited slip, and a gt500 finned rear cover because it was cheap on ebay.

TD Conversions adapter kit



Also scored a set of cheap 16's from a newer fx4 ranger so I can run some e range 265/75-16's and not be worried about sidewalls blowing out with a bedload of wood.

Plan is to yank the pos 3.slow out on sunday!
 

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Awesome that this is still in the works.
And the timing is perfect as the ford 3.slow is running on 4 cylinders on a good day LOL. It's had a blown headgasket since I bought it and it's getting reallyyyyyy bad now. This is my work truck so I can't afford to have it down any longer than absolutely necessary. The plan is to have it back on the road in 7-10 days. I think it's doable since I have everything but a few yet to be known size/shape silicone couplers here.
 

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Lots of progress now!

Since you have to drop the front diff to get to the driver side motor mount bolt anyway, figured it was a good time to clean up the 4.10 junkyard front end and put it in.


The adapter kit is set up to use a 4.0L clutch, flywheel, and trans. So I snagged a 2010 4.0L 5 speed trans as my truck was a 3.0L. I pulled both transmissions down to install my shorter 3.0L 1st-3rd gear in the 4.0L trans with all new syncros, bearings, and swapped over my tailhousing with t case linkage mounts. I use this as a work truck out in the woods, so I wanted the lower first gear (3.7 vs 3.4). The only difference I found between the two transmission is the spacer that goes between 5th and reverse. Otherwise, everything was identical.










Adapter kit mounted up perfectly!





Had a slight interference issue between the front diff and the passat oil pan, so off to the parts stash for a jetta oil pickup and pan!


Quick baffle


Much more betterer!


Looks so little in there!
 

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Figured out a 2004 jetta accessory bracket works just fine! Oem oil filter/cooler housing just barely fit also. Got the modded oem jetta coolant bypass line wrapped around the backside of the motor too. The passat line didn't want to play happy.


A 2004 passat tdi fuel pump fits the ranger sending unit perfectly! Deleted the fuel pressure regulator and using evap line as fuel return. Took the evap line off the back end of the fuel tank and tee'd into the vent line for the gas tank so that section of the fuel tank will now fill with fuel.


Got the intercooler all done too. Made the end tanks out of 1/4" plate to handle the intended 60psi of boost.


Welded decent for a $112 chinese core










 

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I remember a thread on the sloppy mechanics Facebook page where someone had blown out one of those cheap intercoolers
I don't know if it would help, but you could probably weld some strips of aluminum from the top to the bottom of the intercooler on the finned section to try and prevent that. 60psi is quite a lot of boost lol
Example pic of what I'm talking about
 

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I remember a thread on the sloppy mechanics Facebook page where someone had blown out one of those cheap intercoolers
I don't know if it would help, but you could probably weld some strips of aluminum from the top to the bottom of the intercooler on the finned section to try and prevent that. 60psi is quite a lot of boost lol
Example pic of what I'm talking about
Nah, this one will be fine, it's a bar and plate style. That's a tube and fin core you posted a pic of all ballooned.
 
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