1988 Ranger Restoration - Keeping a Promise


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Chemistry has been attacking you. On the other hand, the spacer bushing looks brand new.
 


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Chemistry has been attacking you. On the other hand, the spacer bushing looks brand new.
Yeah, figures... Just picked up two gallons of Corroseal on a BOGO sale :LOL:😭

Bushings are the Prothane. Easy as heck to put in, but have to pull one back apart over squeaking. Packed the SOBs with their specialty grease and all, and still, *squeaky squeaky squeaky.*
The dog seems to like it. Every now and then he stares at the spot in the floor where its coming from. Holy crap do I hate that noise.
 

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Aw sh*t....


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Nice gaping hole in the frame. Rest of the area is paper thin.

Have some 1/2 inch mild plate leftover from a blast plate.

Google-ing "how to fishplate a frame."
 

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No straight sharp corners.
ends of fishplate cut in a diamond [45 degrees].
Link coming shortly.....unfortunately I'm out of town and my laptop doesn't have the file to Fords Body Builder Advisory Service. When I look online it's not where I think it should be. If I remember I will upload it when I get home in a couple days.
 
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No straight sharp corners.
ends of fishplate cut in a diamond [45 degrees].
Link coming shortly.....unfortunately I'm out of town and my laptop doesn't have the file to Fords Body Builder Advisory Service. When I look online it's not where I think it should be. If I remember I will upload it when I get home in a couple days.
Greatly appreciate it. I don't have the time right now to get another frame, nor do I know of one available. 😑
 

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pretty sure its been discussed here somehwere. i remember somebody had to do it and even posted pics.
 

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Any suggestions on mods while I have the bed off??
 

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Just some photography

Needle scaler was run to everything from the transfer case to rear bumper. 5 gallon bucket worth of rust removed.

Two holes, one thin spot. Not bad.

Shot a gallon of corroseal on entire frame and underside of the bed and fenders. Let's see if it works.

Re-repaired some old frame repairs. New cab mount on. Fishplates are next.

Thought about running some diagonal braces in the frame. Not sure yet.

Oh, and a good shot of the rear KiaGuard9000 and the brackets I had to make for it.

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Now that the weather has started warming up, I'm beginning to see some issues developing from the headers.

Went for a long drive on the Interstate today. Mostly 65-75 mph. Temperature gauge was not having fun. I could literally watch a difference in engine temperatures when the sun was out versus when a cloud would pass by. Seems I'm having some issues blowing the "stank" out from under the hood.

Well, looks like i need to put "fender vents / cut hood for cowl induction" on the to-do list; this will only get worse as the engine build continues.

When I got home, I had an hour or two to kill. Since the 2.9 is allergic to heat, figured no time like the present to start correcting a potential issue. Took the initative, and installed the Mercedes C230 Kompresor pusher fans. They are from the same car from which I pulled the M62 supercharger. They fit like they were made for it.

I can't express how brilliant the fit is. All I needed to do was remove the plastic shroud from the fan unit and drill four holes in my core support. Even re-used the 'benz bolts that were on the fans. Oh, hidden bonus, the fan units are aluminum. Gotta love Mercedes. (y)

They easily move 3x the air that the 16" electric puller does. These things are like a freakin' tornado on the front of the radiator. I was planning on installing a bigger radiator (eventually) for towing and truck stuff/driving way too fast on dirt roads. No need now.

Tested them out in the driveway. Let the truck get up to temperature with the hood down and the 'benz fans off. I have the windshield wiper linkage access plate removed on the cowl to encourage airflow through the engine bay. Without the 'benz fans, I had the normal heat tsunami running out of the cowl.

Kicked on the 'benz fans. within 2 minutes, air was leaving the cowl at slightly above ambient temp, as well as pouring out of the gaps in the fender skirts. These things WORK.

Hit the bottom of the radiator with the laser temp. By time coolant is getting back to the engine, it's at ambient temperature. Heh.

Video of them in action:


Need to figure out how I want to control them. Either temperature activated by the coolant or ambient engine bay temperature, or road speed activated to kick on while in traffic. Probably going to opt for a temperature probe by the fuel rail and allow the intake area temperature control them. Should give me the desired result of them running when at low speed and while stuck in traffic, and turning off when cruising.

Photo of them installed. LIKE A GLOVE. Just need to get rid of the paint marker mess.

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The blackout continues thanks to a lucky find at the junkyard. Just need to locate an armrest.

And yes, they're power seats.  :headbang::headbang::headbang:


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Very nice! I had bad frame rust and cab mount issues too. From the rearmost spring hangers back there was only top & bottom frame rails, looked like a shotgun had been took to the middle part of frame. I slid some channel iron over the frame rails after treating what was left with por-15. Also had to plate drivers side of frame from front spring hanger forward to the cab mount attaching point. Your floorpan takes the cake though. I’ve never seen one that bad except on a 51 Plymouth Cambridge that had set in the mud for over 30 years.
 

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Very nice! I had bad frame rust and cab mount issues too. From the rearmost spring hangers back there was only top & bottom frame rails, looked like a shotgun had been took to the middle part of frame. I slid some channel iron over the frame rails after treating what was left with por-15. Also had to plate drivers side of frame from front spring hanger forward to the cab mount attaching point. Your floorpan takes the cake though. I’ve never seen one that bad except on a 51 Plymouth Cambridge that had set in the mud for over 30 years.
I kid you not when I say this, I was told by the previous owners daughter that the truck had not been washed once the entire time her father owned it. He just wiped it down.

Now it gets an undercarriage wash once a week in winter, once a month in summer. I think I may be accelerating problems by doing this, but I don't mind as it let's me find and fix them quickly.
 

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The blackout continues.

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Oh. Just a fitment note - the arm rest is from a 98-01 Explorer. It does fit, and gives you two more cup holders. For a back seat, which in my case no longer exists.

In a strange way, my Ranger has now become a two seater with a loud V6. TAKE THAT SPORTS CAR PEOPLE! 😂
 
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Did you photoshop the dash and column in there...they look so shiny black. lol.
 


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