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ranger #5-junkyard dog

racsan

4xford
my "junkyard dog". 94 2wd 2.3 longbed, has parts from 3 diffrent rangers now. rear end is now a 4.10, was a 3.45. 20 gallon fuel tank, hurst shifter, warn grille guard.
as i first got it, bad cab mounts in rear, several other issues. paid 700 for it:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/36984521312/in/dateposted-public/

ran it as a flatbed for a little bit, made it easier to work on a few things, just lift the plywood off for full access:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/37002675916/in/dateposted-public/

7.5 open rear axle with 4.10's, from a 98 ranger, rear axle coil helpers.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/36378740603/in/dateposted-public/

put a better bed on, found a cap for free, grille guard from the 93 4x4 i used to have. jeep wheels on it that i use for winter:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/36342254053/in/dateposted-public/

hood badge from a older ford truck, think 60's. thought it would be cool...:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/37156884305/in/dateposted-public/

the wheels from my 93 with the tires i used to run, 255/70/15's. works good with the gearing i now have.:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/36766435080/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/37163981055/in/dateposted-public/

hurst shifter, and the drivers seat is the former passenger seat from a 97 ranger:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/36327779344/in/dateposted-public/

made truck a 2-tone paint job, doesnt exactly match but looks better than it did:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/37820168431/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/23967251558/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/37816344416/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/37607637210/in/dateposted-public/

guess it could be called the johhny cash edition too, considering ive built it with a few diffrent rangers.....
 

polarbear

just growing older not up
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Holy Cow.... there's a voice from the past. Good to see your name on the boards!
 

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racsan

4xford
i like that hood badge too, found it at a flea market, think i paid 20 bucks for it, had been looking for something like that for awhile. hate that my pictures show up as links, some boards it will do that way, some will have the picture come up. one neat thing with flicker is that when you click on the picture it zooms in on it and really will show details. heres one i took yesterday near a wildlife area.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/38047445401/
 

racsan

4xford
no headliner, it was in bad shape when i got it, former owner had removed most but not all of the cloth. so i just pulled the whole thing out, i could recover it but i dont think it looks too bad as is. dont think it would be a problem with it out. unless when its cold condensation drips on me, guess i will be the first to know. lol.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/38112083286/in/dateposted-public/
 

racsan

4xford
put my ventvisors on today, was going to wait until i swapped out my drivers door, but not doing that until spring at least. and on that note, has anyone ever tried to remove those stickers from the drivers door? it would be nice to have the right sticker, my "good" door that i plant to put on is from a V6 automatic truck, none of the information on its door tag would pertain to the truck im driving now, ive already started a "build sheet" notebook, since ive now got a 98 rear axle and i plan on changing the front knuckles/brakes to the ones off the 97. the vin # diffrence doesnt concern me since the tag is still on the dash that matches the title.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/38656133032/in/dateposted-public/
 

racsan

4xford
found a craigslist deal for a set of tires mounted on rims, bridgestone blizzack winter tires 225/70/15's on stock ranger rims, not sure what year but its the same design as the spare on my 93 but its newer because there is a stamping near the middle of the rim about the possibility of pressure sensors inside. no snow at the moment but winter isnt over yet, the front tires i had on didnt have much tread and liked to slide when stopping or turning. paid 300 for the 4 tires/rims, not sure what they go for new, was told these have 10K miles on them but tread looks like new. supposed to snow again tomorrow so guess i will see how they do.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/39053024405/in/dateposted/

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That sounds like a good deal to me!

How old are the tires? The only thing I would be concerned about is if they are more than 6 years old or so, they could have good tread but due for replacement.
 

racsan

4xford
tires look like new, date code says they are 4 years old. just took them off a couple of weeks ago. havent gone back to my factory alloy wheels yet, took cap off so i could paint the roof and install clearance (cab roof) lights, always loved those.
finnaly was nice enough out to paint cab roof of truck silver, turned out good but the tailgate turned out even better. when i first made the bed a two-tone i did the tailgate first and it ended up being a lighter shade of blue than the rest of it. I had removed the blue oval emblem and filled the emblem locater holes in with jb weld, had thought about putting the " F O R D" letters across the back like they did in the 70's and on early rangers but just hadnt got around to it yet. well today i got the bright idea to do it with paint. i cleaned and lightly sanded the tailgate, taped off the silver areas and the tailgate handle, then laid down wood letters on the tailgate, then sprayed with the darker color blue, letting the wood letters mask the lighter blue paint i had used before. i then took the letters off and the tape then clearcoated over it all. think it turned out pretty good. hopefully the roof of the truck being silver will help reflect the suns heat in the summer, much like the reason above ground gas tanks are painted silver. since this is a non-a/c truck, every little bit may help.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/26031958967/

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racsan

4xford
i know, the only reason i havent
'finished" it is im concerned about sun glare off the hood if it is silver, i probly should have went the other way and did silver in the middle, leaving top and bottom edge dark blue. doing this has been a big reminder of the first ruck i remeber dad buying, it was a 74 F250 reg cab longbed, two-tone green paint, had the ranger package, heck i still have the big RANGER emblems from the bedsides somewhere. it had the 300 and creeper 1st 4 speed. first truck i drove too. it was retired in 91 when the cab mounts failed and you couldnt hardly steer it due to the weight of the cab binding the steering shaft. (yes, it did have power steering) i remember what i first liked about the 74 was the cab lights. had to watch if all 4 of us were in the truck, when dad went for reverse the lever was right against the seat. real ouch to the knee if you werent paying attention.
 

racsan

4xford
was thinking the other day i have a set of full wheel covers from a 76 f150 that might look neat with my 70's themed two-tone scheme. still need to finish the silver on the cab and doors but plan on leaving the hood dark blue, dont want the suns reflection from the silver finish glaring at me, might have a single stripe the width of the hood badge though.

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Tailgate- old school by dave bird, on Flickr
 
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racsan

4xford

racsan

4xford
the "R-140"

next is the stripe going from the front fender to the back of the cab, it will taper to a point at the front. (kind of remembering the starsky & hutch torino) the "r-140" turned out good, still need to fill the holes on fender where the original ranger emblem was, cant really see it from 10 ft away though. ive considered swapping the steering column for a older one just so i can use a late 60's steering wheel.

Untitled by dave bird, on Flickr
 
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