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Y2kFocus
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From: Torrington CT
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posted 09-04-2005 06:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Y2kFocus   Click Here to Email Y2kFocus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welp, here it is, the beginning of September. I scored a good job...somehow... and now, I'm hoarding parts. Isn't this how everyone's story begins?

There she is, a relitively decent shape 84(don't let the shiney paint fool you, she's got some cancer, not so great floors, a radius arm support that sounds like an old boxspring under constant heavy use and a whole lot of other this and thats)

Might have seen me post elsewhere, but i guess the lack of response is just cause it wasn't in the right place Anywho, here's the short list of what's going to happen(hopefully)

I just ordered the drop kit, though i don't think i'm entirely happy with what i'll get. I think it's a bit much, 3" front, 5" rear, problem? The fenders. It drops the truck low enough that i'd have no choice but to roll the lips, i don't want that. Solution? Wide Body Baja style fenders! Those get ordered in a few weeks! I intend to do all the body work before starting on the drivetrain, reason? It needs more work then the drivetrain. haha. Reguardless, none of this is going to even start until sometime in the spring due to the truck being my only vehicle I'm setting money aside to invest in either a bike, or a beater, preferably a bike. Anywho.

Engine/Tranny: Plan here? 2.3t/i T5
no 302, no 351, no v8, period. Though the idea has crossed my mind many times, i can't for the life of me, justify the cost of fuel alone, it would be more then my rent on a daily 40 mile commute, yes, she's being drivin, and will always be driven. The 2.3t @ 300hp still affords me ~20mpg if i can keep off the grin pedal.

All of it will get a coat of PPG Crimson with blue pearl, very basic, i might even put the black pinstripe back on, just for haha's.

Any and all input is welcome here. This is a longterm project starting from the ground up. So ideas are always welcome in my book. I won't be doing most of the work myself due to lack of facilitys, but anything i can, i will do, re: engine/tranny will probably take up my kitchen but that's some time from now.

Anyway, there's my rant, and there's my truck, all in a part of the forum that, 3 years ago, i never thought i'd post in lol


~Scott~

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 09-04-2005 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like a good start.

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'72 Mustang Sprint Hardtop 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Loc
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Y2kFocus
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posted 09-04-2005 06:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Y2kFocus   Click Here to Email Y2kFocus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Steve!

It's one of those "Small world" storys. The truck belonged to a kid that went to the same trade school for autobody that i did, under the same teacher i had. The man is a brilliant bodyman, and a stickler in most ways. There's very little filler on the truck, mostly on the quarters of course. What's more astounding is, other then the radius arm support, underneath is in really good shape. So outside of sheetmetal, it's a perfect start. I'm excited about it already, i've had the truck for about 4 months, and picked it up for $1,000... yes...$1,000. It's got a strong running, but horrendously slow 2.0l 4banger in it, which in a way is good, cause it keeps me out of trouble The only thing i'm worried about is, when it's done, she's gonna be a cop magnet lol

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 09-04-2005 07:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's the cool thing about trucks, cops don't even look at you.

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'72 Mustang Sprint Hardtop 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Loc
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Y2kFocus
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posted 09-05-2005 06:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Y2kFocus   Click Here to Email Y2kFocus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, that won't be the case when it's done. But meh, i probably won't be driving it as much as i do now. At the moment, it's a tug of war for money for the truck, moving out of the dump i'm in, and a bike(which i'm already getting one, but it's a classic suzuki 100cc for around town, not commuting)So it's going many places at once. But i'm happy, and i think it's all going to come out quite well. hopefully...

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MLariviere
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posted 09-06-2005 11:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice little truck,Scott!

Look at the radius arm brackets on the frame closely. Those are prone to rust out and/or crack.

Are you thinking a mid 80's SVO 2.3 from a Fox Stang?

V8's are cool,bit Ibet those trucks handle like bulldogs with all that iron up front.

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Y2kFocus
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posted 09-07-2005 06:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Y2kFocus   Click Here to Email Y2kFocus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Radius arm supports look something similar to say... a paper ashtray Yeah, i have those on order, should have them in the next few days. As for the engine, i was thinking of grabing the 2.3 out of a Merkur XR4Ti, they're common, cheap, and from the best i can gather, pretty strong. In the end, it'll be avalibility that judges what i buy, if i have a good turbochicken engine in front of me for the right price, i'm not going to pass it up. I've been told to try and find an 87-88 engine from any of the turbo fords, so that's what i'm looking at. The XR4ti goes for about $700 complete, the turbochiken is about the same. So it's in the air for the moment

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TomP
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posted 10-03-2005 10:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott

Rangers are horrible little trucks, i have one. I hate anything newer than about 1967 so maybe i'm biased. It does make a fine, fine beater and daily driver and the "gas guzzling" 302 gets 20+ mpg on the highway.
I don't do 4 bangers so a carb'd 5.0L/T5/8.8 with 3.73's had to fill in.

I haven't got much bulldog experience but my truck even with it's horrendous 67/33 weight distribution handles like a really front heavy F1 car. No sway bars, stock springs and 300,000 mile front shocks and quite small 225/50-16 front tires.

It is invisible to most cops and to girls too, i don't care much for that latter part but if you wanted to be celibate or gay it is perfect.

I'll be selling mine, i have a line on a 1930 Model A... with a 4 banger.

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Ryan Wilke
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posted 10-05-2005 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by TomP:

Rangers are horrible little trucks, i have one. I hate anything newer than about 1967 so maybe i'm biased. It does make a fine, fine beater and daily driver and the "gas guzzling" 302 gets 20+ mpg on the highway.
I don't do 4 bangers so a carb'd 5.0L/T5/8.8 with 3.73's had to fill in.

I haven't got much bulldog experience but my truck even with it's horrendous 67/33 weight distribution handles like a really front heavy F1 car. No sway bars, stock springs and 300,000 mile front shocks and quite small 225/50-16 front tires.

It is invisible to most cops and to girls too, i don't care much for that latter part but if you wanted to be celibate or gay it is perfect.

I'll be selling mine, i have a line on a 1930 Model A... with a 4 banger.


TomP, you are a Hoot! If I ever get the chance - I'd like to tip a few with ya and then walk some car show & "chat" with the chebbie boys!

Hey, I think you forgot to mention one thing to Scott.... that he needs to ensure he doesn't go "pinky" on us and bolt a slushbox in that Ranger! Some of us know that hotrods - especially hotrod trucks - MUST be stick-shifted!

I suspect if you latch on to the '30 Model A, it would quickly be "upgraded" to V-8 power and, of course, have 3 pedals.....?

...Hopin' that ya never miss a shift, Take Care, TomP!

Ryan

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TomP
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posted 10-05-2005 11:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The A already has three pedals, it was built long before automatics became fashionable. Real men back in those days... arrrr (Tim Allen noises)

You got beer?

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Y2kFocus
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posted 10-12-2005 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Y2kFocus   Click Here to Email Y2kFocus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hahaha, god it's been awhile since i checked this thread, you guys are a riot. Don't worry, not going pink for me! It's gonna have a good ol' T5.

Anywho, the plans for the truck was something along the lines of something I could take to Limerock and run on open track days without worrying about plowing off the rear straight corner into the woods

But it's getting pushed more and more onto the back burner, and the plans always get bigger.
I sent the drop kit back, basicly it looked like a 6 year old with playschool "My First Tig welder" had at some steel stock, then sent it my way. and besides, if i have my way, the dern thing won't even have a ranger suspention anymore anyway. But as it stands, it's going to continue to be a daily driver until i at least move to someplace with a garage.

More an more i'm looking at the 302... being tugged at for it, well, more like kicked in the nads and whatnot to get one. That, and it's incredably cheap compaired to the turbo 4 option. either way, it's going to happen, and if push comes to shove, forced induction is still an option... .even for a 302

~Scott~

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posted 10-12-2005 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Y2kFocus:
Don't worry, not going pink for me! It's gonna have a good ol' T5.

Heh, just wait until you go buy fluid for that T-5...

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 Open
'70 Mustang Convertible 250 I6/3 speed/2.79 Open
'72 Mustang Sprint Hardtop 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Loc
'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip
'05 Mercury Sable LS 3.0L DOHC 24V Duratech V6

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TomP
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posted 10-14-2005 01:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott
We won't think your fag for having to buy ATF for a T5.

Nothing wrong with Ranger suspension. I don't road race my truck but other than some scary high speed twitchiness it feels quite capable. The Twin-I-Beam actually works great even with soft springs and shocks and no sway bar. It wears the front tires evenly considering i often make 'em squeal (yes, we are still talking tires!)

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posted 10-14-2005 06:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by TomP:
Scott
We won't think your fag for having to buy ATF for a T5.

But if you play with that handle too much...

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 Open
'70 Mustang Convertible 250 I6/3 speed/2.79 Open
'72 Mustang Sprint Hardtop 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Loc
'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip
'05 Mercury Sable LS 3.0L DOHC 24V Duratech V6

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