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  1. Default 86 Ford Escort with Mazda 2.0 diesel-Mazda B2000 p/u

    I am currently driving an '86 escort diesel and was told that the motor would fit some mid 80's Mazda pickups. I am looking for some info/verification concerning this potiential swap.

    Thanks for the help

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    The 2.0 liter Mazda diesel engine is really just a car engine. I wouldn't put it in a Mazda pickup and the problem with that engine is it is set up for a front wheel drive vehicle. My dad owns a 1986 Mercury Topaz diesel with the same engine. It is a pretty quick car, the engine is an OHC, and it gets down the road pretty good with a fuel mileage rating of 43 mpg. Since a Mazda pickup is rear wheel drive and weighs more than the car, I couldn't see the pickup performing any better. Now to help you out with what you want to do, Mazda offered a diesel engine in its 82-84 B2200. Now the diesel engine in those trucks was a truck engine. It is a 2.2 liter 4 cylinder OHV that generated 58 HP. Not a lot of HP, but with the reliability of that diesel it's great to have. That would ultimately be the best conversion you could do with a Mazda.
    1987 Toyota 1 ton dually w/ 9 ft utility bed
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    I just bought one of these B2200 Diesels this weekend. Now I'm the 'proud' papa of a bouncing blue baby beater. It is very rough but I'm choosing not to be picky. I haven't gotten to hear it run yet. I towed it home from a gas station where it got stuck with an oil leak. It's supposed to be arunner, though. 312,000 miles. The price was right, though. Like in the low triple digits. (Hint, the lowEST triple digits). I've been wanting to go Bio for awhile and so I jumped at the chance. I might end up posting some questions here as they arise because I really appreciated the open exchange of information here and my general knowledge about diesels is pretty limited. Thanks in advance for your help, I've already learned alot from your posts. Cheers

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    Congrats on the buy and glad I could help you out with my knowledge. The Mazda B2200 diesel pickup is a tough truck with a strong running diesel powerplant. Those engines go 300,000+ miles easy and can go for much more. If you're not a member already, visit this website: http://north76.proboards11.com I am a member there and it is a message board strickly for the 82-84 B2200 diesel. Since you have just recently bought your truck you will fit in just fine there. When you get pictures of it I wouldn't mind taking a look at them. Good luck with it and hope it goes twice that 312,000.
    1987 Toyota 1 ton dually w/ 9 ft utility bed
    (FOR SALE- PM if interested)

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    I too am the owner of a Mazda B2200 diesel pickup and can appreciate this thread. Sure it's rough but it's just a beater truck anyway and it still runs (more or less) whatever I do --or fail to do-- with it. Frankly, I've gotta hand it to Mazda, I sometimes can't believe this old truck is still running. Who knows how many miles are on it, the speedo cable broke and I ran it for about five years before a cop gave me a speeding ticket, so I had to buy one; at least the speedometer/odometer works again. The cop also gave me a noise ticket so I had to start running an air filter again. (The exhaust system is mostly rusted away but the stupid cop didn't pick on me about that, thankfully.) I think it was just a hassle because the truck looks like crap, and it really made me mad since I'd liked that throaty roar a diesel makes when the air filter was off.

    I'm not sure why but the compression is pretty low, probably just wear I guess. The rings or the guides or both or something must be totally shot, 'cause I've got to add a quart of oil about every couple hundred miles or so. This would probably freak me out if I was running Mobile One or something but instead I just use that recycled oil, it's really cheap and the engine doesn't seem to care anyway. Also I don't bother to change the oil, the way this thing goes through oil, it sorta changes itself about every 2-3 weeks! The seals are toast as well, people sure know where I've parked, it's like a tomcat marking its territory. ;) I have to stop at Knecht's and pick up a can of JB Stop Leak every so often or this motor would leak it faster than it could burn it. Pain in the butt for sure but it's cheaper than an engine overhaul. Hmm, now that I'm thinking about it, I should probably change the oil filter soon, haven't done that since last year sometime. Hey, this thing is a BEATER, I don't care what happens to it!

    As you can guess, this truck ain't got much in the way of power; it takes a LOOOOONG time to get going (not just because of the power, see below), and I don't exactly feel confident getting onto the freeway... if I can, I'll check first to make sure there aren't any big commercial trucks coming my way since when they ride my bumper, it frankly scares the crap out of me. It's even worse than a friend's Vanagan, you'd think Fred Flintstone could accelerate faster. On the other hand, being slow isn't so bad around town, since the front disc pads are GONE... I think the backing plates are now digging into the disc but there's enough friction to stop the truck (I realize that sounds dangerous, but it works) and I just don't feel like putting any money into the old beater right now. At least not for brakes, this truck has other problems that need attention first. For one, the clutch is probably the factory original and it slips pretty badly if you blip the throttle... I can actually make it sound like I'm driving an automatic. I don't think it's the same situation as the front brakes because I don't hear any grinding sounds when I let out the clutch, like I can when I step on the brakes. Probably just a clutch disc that's completely glazed and a burned flywheel that needs a good surfacing, no big deal except for all the labor to dig them out. Needless to say, you CANNOT apply much power (what little that good old engine has) or it will slip again, which is another reason why I hate getting onto the freeway! Driving this old beat-up bomber takes a certain mental attitude, think "Rabbit on two cylinders" and you're getting close. Just DON'T be in a hurry to get anywhere, but have patience.

    What the heck, you might laugh but it's still running and getting me places, and since I put ZERO maintenance into it, pretty cheaply too. At least until recently, I had to call a buddy who drove down an hour from Salem to come get me when the old truck finally stranded me. I guess I didn't keep up on adding in more oil and got too low, because the engine started knocking and then I heard a sound that made my hair stand on end, I think I could actually hear the bearing spinning on the crank. I shut off the engine QUICK and coasted into a gas station. The manager was very nice about it and let me park the truck there temporarily until I could gather up some money to come back and fix it. Unfortunately it's been longer than I’d planned but I hope to finally have enough cash in a week or two, then I'll be able to come down and get my old blue beater.

    --Radio
    1985 2L-T 4x4 Longbed, PROJECT ON HOLD AGAIN whilst I pay medical bills. In hand and in progress: Sky Hi-Steer; FROR FF rear axle/disc brake conversion

 

 

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