1993 Splash in SC


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Darn spell check.

"I have access to a lathe. "

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ericbphoto

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Time is the most valuable resource!

You have the 6" skyjacker coils yeah? I have the same ones and will be using the 4" holes on my drop brackets. You can have my old aluminum spacers if you want them. They are 1.5"

Can you measure the height of the coil at ride height? They supposedly sit at around 15". I'm curious to see what they are.
Sorry for the delay. I'm measuring about 15 1/4" - 15 1/2" right now on level ground. '93 standard cab, 3.0L, 4x4

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Awesome thanks! Mine are sitting at about the same with the single cab and 4.0. I have added some weight with the dynamat and electric power steering. We'll see if mine settle any. I have some washers just in case.
 

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Well, it looks like the truck is going to remain as-is with just regular maintenance items for a few months. That's because....

I'm building my own shop!!!!! Yay! :woot:

I'm surprised we don't have a forum section here for sharing shop/garage photos and ideas. I'll just stick it here in my build thread since it's a "build" and it's related to my Ranger. The footprint will be 30'X60'. There will be a 30'X40' enclosed building with a 30'X20' covered parking area on one end. There will also be a 10'X24' enclosed room inside that will be heated and air conditioned. Our house doesn't have much storage. So that room will be half storage and half model building workshop. It will be nice to keep some of my finer tools in a controlled environment since the humidity around here causes everything to rust. The storage part really helped me get my wife onboard with the project. She hates having closets and the spare bedroom filled up with holiday decorations and things that don't get used all the time.

I ordered a pole building kit earlier this week. Currently, I'm gathering materials off Craigslist and waiting for a quote from a concrete contractor. I don't want to do the concrete myself. But if it's too expensive, I will have to. I wanted a full-blown steel building. But that falls under the heading of "Champagne taste with a Kool-Aid budget". I don't want to incur any debt with this project. Pictures will come as soon as there is something to show.
 

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The shell of my Ranger hideaway arrived today.

Some assembly required. [emoji12]



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Thought my alternator was making "bad bearing noises" the other day. Turns out I was right. Picture below shows the rear alternator bearing coming out of the alternator. I disassembled it this morning and will see if I can order the bearings.



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Fun!

The bearing should have a number on it that you can use to order a new one.
 

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Fun!

The bearing should have a number on it that you can use to order a new one.
They're already on the way. I also have a plan for preventing this from happening again.

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Alternator is rebuilt and working. It required a high powered soldering gun (around 300-400W) to de-solder and re-solder the wires from the windings to the rectifier. To prevent the rear bearing from walking out again, I did 2 things.

1. I used green loctite on the shaft/inner race.

2. I drilled holes and installed stainless steel lock wire to make a physical restraint on the end bell of the alternator. The wire is about 2 mm away from the bearing. So there is room for the alternator shaft and bearing to "grow" due to heat expansion.



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Heavy rains and scheduling issues have delayed and slowed the beginning of my shop construction. But I finally have all but 2 of the poles standing. The last 2 will stay out for a while so I can get the cement trucks to the back of the building easier while pouring the foundation walls. This is going to be a longer project than I wanted it to be.

I parked the truck in the shop last night. Somehow, I have a feeling it will still get rained on.



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This is going to be a longer project than I wanted it to be.
Aren't they all? :icon_rofl:

Looks good so far. Makes me wish I had room on my property for a legit shop.
 

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Can't believe I haven't updated this since June. The shop has been temporarily sidelined. I'm over half way finished building forms for the foundation walls. Did the first concrete pour for foundation walls. Then my mother-in-law went into the hospital for some major surgery. She was supposed to get out after 7-10 days. But her body isn't cooperating and there are complications. Today is day 21 and she will have a few more days. Then a very lengthy recovery at home. Everything is on hold while some family members take care of her and the rest of us fill in to do the things that those people normally do. (ie;I get to clean house, do laundry, shop, cook for both households, etc.) Life is fun!
 

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End of year update.

My coil spring spacers worked out well. I made them 1" high to begin with. But that put the truck too high and I couldn't adjust the camber with the stock adjustment bushings. So I decided to shorten the spacers. I brought the passenger side spacer down to 3/4" and reinstalled it. After a week and a little bit of driving to let everything settle in again, I adjusted the driver side camber a bit. The passenger side looked pretty good. This is just eyeballing from the front of the truck to see if the tires look vertical. Well, they're pretty close.

As I thought about why one side seemed to have a worse camber issue than the other, I realized that the left and right axle beams are different lengths and pivot in different places. So a 1" change in both coil spring spacers makes a different amount of change in axle beams angle when comparing the two sides. That gave me the idea to measure my frame height from the ground on each side because we all know the older Rangers seem to have a natural lean toward one side. Well, my Ranger is no longer leaning. Both sides of the frame are at the same height now that I have a 1/4" difference in coil spring spacers. Awesome!

On other matters, I received a CB radio for Christmas. Uniden 980 ssb. I finally have that installed. I added a fuse block on a hinged panel down in the passenger side kick panel area to provide power and ground connections for accessories. I hinged it to make it easier to work on. I'm real happy with the way it turned out. I have some details remaining. But it's functional.



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Oh, why didn't anyone tell me there is absolutely no way I could do a clutch job in one day by myself? Other than taking a lot of time, it's going well. Everything is out, the new rear main seal is installed, flywheeel is bolted on waiting for me to find the torque specs, new slave cylinder and throwout bearing are bolted in and I did a quick, rough cleanup of the transmission. Twenty minutes on the lathe was well spent making a "hydraulic plunger" for removing the pilot bearing. It popped out in about 20 seconds.
 


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