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    1. 02-27-2020 07:55 AM #1
      So there seem to be two major types of builds that get documented both here and elsewhere on the interwebs...abandoned left to rot complete ishtbox "WILL IT RUN?" low budget builds (here's to you David Tracy) AND the polar opposite frame up epic restoration (calling Barry Wolk and RVAE34).

      Is there anybody interested in something more mundane? I've seen a few here, and they seem to generate positive feedback.

      I had a 2000 Ford Ranger for many years and was thoroughly impressed with it's overall durability and value compared to a Tacoma of similar vintage. It took some work for sure, but nothing out of reach for a shadetree mechanic.

      Which brings me to my current project of sorts; I recently picked up a decent 2011 Ford Ranger V6 XLT 4x4 to do truck stuff around the house. It's the second to last year they made 3rd gen Rangers. The previous owner purchased it from his employer's fleet. So it's been taken care of (sorta) and been well used (to say the least). I got it for a fair price, but it definitely needs some things. Ok, maybe a lot of little things. Some neglect related, some wear and tear, some preventative, and some because I'm a perfectionist with ADD, which means I'll build things about 80% of the way to perfect.

      Lemme know; could be boring, could be good. Different for sure.
      Last edited by jaystone; 02-27-2020 at 07:57 AM.

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      02-27-2020 08:17 AM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by jaystone View Post
      Lemme know; could be boring, could be good. Different for sure.
      I actually recall two older Ranger threads along these lines. One was an 80's model and if I'm correct, one was a late 90's model. Both were fixed up to be useful. Neither of them went too far in anything cosmetic and neither of the ones I'm thinking of were for performance gains. Another thread I believe was about a V8 swap and that was obviously a bit different. Anyhoo, that's memory alone, didn't try searching. I know I'd follow the thread.
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      You are in the land of rust and honey.

    4. 02-27-2020 08:53 AM #3


      Scope of work would likely include an engine rebuild/refresh, some interior work, suspension/drivetrain repairs, detailing, minor bodywork and maybe a bedliner paintjob.

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      02-27-2020 08:59 AM #4
      Post it up! I love Rangers!

      My dad has had 3 of them and they're great trucks. He had a 2000 RWD V6 5-speed that he loved, simple, durable, fun to drive for a truck. It got written off when he hit a car that had blew a stop sign. With the insurance money he bought a 2002 4L RWD automatic extended cab that he didn't like. Traded that for a 2002 4X4 4L extended cab that he's now driven for 17 years! It's been super reliable, looks great, and has been a boon for me and my home reno projects over the years.

      Such underrated trucks, I like them so much better than the sea of new ginormous full size trucks on the road now.

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      02-27-2020 09:13 AM #5
      I have a couple of those in between builds listed in my sig. The truck one has sort of stalled (It's next in line once the jetta is done!), but still gets driven and used.

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      02-27-2020 09:45 AM #6
      These are actually the threads I prefer, so I'm in. These are projects that are likely to actually make it all the way through because: Easy to work on. Budget friendly. Parts everywhere.
      I'm about to move back in to a house with a nice garage, so next summer I'm in the market to do the same thing.
      Quote Originally Posted by phryxis View Post
      sprayed it on, waited some time, and proceeded to go at it with a scraper, some pliers, and a lot of f-ing hard work.

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      02-27-2020 10:15 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Fe2O3 View Post
      These are actually the threads I prefer, so I'm in. These are projects that are likely to actually make it all the way through because: Easy to work on. Budget friendly. Parts everywhere.
      I'm about to move back in to a house with a nice garage, so next summer I'm in the market to do the same thing.
      Also in! I tend to prefer the crap box threads because it's stuff I could actually afford to do. I don't have that epic restoration money.

    9. 02-27-2020 11:41 AM #8
      Sounds like it's on like donkey kong then.

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      02-27-2020 11:50 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by jaystone View Post
      Sounds like it's on like donkey kong then.


      I'm always down for a build thread.

    11. 02-27-2020 12:39 PM #10
      Two friends in my neighborhood bought a 2nd and 3rd gen Ranger as project cars. They are great. The 89 is especially great.

      The Ranger is just enough truck for most people.
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      02-27-2020 02:10 PM #11
      These are my favorite thread types on TCL please, please, please share everything!!! Saving old cars is a dying thing in today's culture of throw it away and buy a new one.


      Excited to watch this go!
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      02-27-2020 02:20 PM #12
      Build threads/diaries are the best threads. you can get boring car news anywhere. i dont care what youre fixing up. pictures and documents about repairs are a must.

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      02-27-2020 02:59 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Cr4shT3st View Post
      Two friends in my neighborhood bought a 2nd and 3rd gen Ranger as project cars. They are great. The 89 is especially great.

      The Ranger is just enough truck for most people.
      An elderly neighbor has a 91 model. I've helped him (or he's watched me) work on it a number of times. It's hilarious how much you can disassemble on that thing with what amounts to barely half a shoebox of tools
      Quote Originally Posted by phryxis View Post
      sprayed it on, waited some time, and proceeded to go at it with a scraper, some pliers, and a lot of f-ing hard work.

    15. 02-27-2020 03:09 PM #14
      Let's see it

    16. 02-27-2020 04:33 PM #15
      Here it is.


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      02-27-2020 04:44 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by jaystone View Post
      Here it is.

      Worth it. Stick or Auto?

    18. 02-27-2020 04:56 PM #17
      I've started on acquiring parts. I also had the windshield replaced and ditched the worn OG BFG All Terrains.

      What I've done so far in addition to windshield and tires(sorry no pictures):
      topper hatch struts
      topper hatch seal
      topper 3rd brake light
      replaced broken bed latch and actuater rods, re-installed access cover after removing about 10 lbs of wet hay (previous owner had horses, pressure washer mess!)
      replaced old blown paper cone speakers with some inexpensive component speakers from SonicElectronix.com

      What I know it needs:
      power window guides (herky jerky up and down; will get pictures and video of this)
      power window motors while I'm in there (old ones appear to be original, they are still riveted to the door)
      drivers door panel because the plastic backing under the armrest is toast
      seats to be cleaned and maybe reupholstered (wife won't ride in it, says it's "GROSS")
      paint is pealing in places, no previous paintwork evident. More like the old white paint Ford used on Crown Vics that would de-laminate itself and flake off.
      shocks
      torsion key lift in front and shackles in back. sometime in the evolution of the ranger, they lowered them in an effort to increase fuel economy; would like an extra inch or two. My 2000 ranger was stock rear with torsion crank to level in the front and that's about my goal.
      band adjustment in the auto trans; it is relatively new, and needs to be tweaked now that it's broken in.
      all fluids and filters.
      OEM radio has one light out in the LCD display (halflit)
      front fog lights need to be polished.
      front headlights are faded, sidemarkers cracked, I'm thinking of doing something fun here (hella halogen projector lowbeam and halogen high beam, mk2 turns all squished into the factory headlight on a phenolic back plate).

      As many are surely aware, the ford 4.0 SOHC motor has timing chain guide problems. The guide material in the early 2000's was brittle to say the least, but Ford updated the material over the years and by the end of the Ranger run it was mostly resolved. My truck has over 200K on it, and while I can't say the timing cassettes have never been done, it doesn't sound bad. That being said, I found a builder motor with 95K on it for a song and will document the freshenup on it here. I don't plan on a full rebuild, as the bottom ends are stout as is the rest of the valvetrain outside of the chains. Gaskets, cleaning, seals, oilpump, waterpump, and other fresh ancillaries, not to mention NEW OEM Ford timing components. There has been a lot of discussion about aftermarket parts for the timing chains and guides, and the consensus is that with access to the rear chains requiring the trans to be removed or the engine to come out, cheaping out there is NOT smart.

      Couple more pics for clicks. Don't mind the messy garage...it's a work in progress!


      Last edited by jaystone; 02-27-2020 at 05:00 PM.

    19. 02-27-2020 04:58 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Death-Incarnate View Post
      Worth it. Stick or Auto?

      5R55E auto. My 2018 GTI is stick, so I'm doing my part to save 'Manuel'

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      02-27-2020 05:48 PM #19
      In! I have an old pushrod 4.0 Ranger.

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      02-27-2020 08:10 PM #20
      Rangers are sweet trucks, looking forward to seeing how your build goes! Don't forget that these were affected by the Takata recall, so you may want to check on that if you haven't already.

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      02-27-2020 09:47 PM #21
      Cool. I look forward to see where this goes.
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      02-27-2020 10:05 PM #22
      I'll follow this one!

      I appreciate any well documented build thread, they're one of the things I like best about forums. It's fun to work through problems and see the vehicle come together over time.

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      02-27-2020 11:22 PM #23
      I had a 5-speed 2001 Ranger XLT 4x4 SuperCab that I loved.
      Looking forward to this build

      White '19 Alltrack S 6-speed manual.
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      02-27-2020 11:48 PM #24
      I get it. I would love to do a complete teardown and rebuild of something like a 2nd gen Outback, or a Jeep Comanche, or something like that. I just don't have the skill to do it myself, or the expendable income to pay somebody else to do it for me.

      A few years ago I briefly owned a Mazda B2200 that had been extensively gone through. It was fun. Got a lot of positive comments from people when I would take it out. Unfortunately it was so slow I couldn't keep up with traffic in town. 80 horsepower just doesn't get it done anymore
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      02-28-2020 08:40 AM #25
      Post way! I'm a sucker for maintenance threads, especially on 'average joe' type vehicles.

      I had a 2000 Ranger for a while and I was constantly impressed with how it held its own on mountain roads and slippery trails. While it lacked the ground clearance of the other rigs, it powered through just about everything I threw at it.

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