Good choice. The 2.3 is a good engine .
Over they years of its use it went from a pinto motor to a ranger engine. The early ones were carbed, the later ones EFI. you can convert a newer EFI back to carb if desired. There is also a dual plugged version that you can use. Parts from all years seem to interchange. I have used carb intakes on EFI motors.
I would do some reading on the dual plug version to be sure how much stuff actually interchanges. I used an early EFI engine (single plug version) in an older ranger and had to do some parts swapping, but with both engines at my disposal I had everything I needed. It ran pretty good.
IIRC the dual plug version had roller cam setup in it.
A turbo ed one from an 88 super coupe would be sweet.
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