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PlumCrazy 07-19-2009 08:45 AM

PlumCrazy's Build
 
First off, the truck started as a bone stock XLT with power everything but seats.

Here is a run through of what all I have done to it

Wheels/Tires, Axles, Steering, Steering, and Suspension
-38.5x14.50-15 Super Swamper TSLs on beadlocks
-SAS with Narrowed HP Dana 44, OX selectable locker, RCV shafts, disc brakes, Warn lockouts w/ 300M 30 spline upgrade, 5.13s, 6.5" XJ coils, and 1.5" DOM steering linkage
-Reid Racing knuckles, 4 bolt high steer arms
-Hydro Assist
-Homemade extended shock towers and modified RBV coil buckets w/ internal bumpstop
-Homemade radius arms with 1.25" Johnny Joint ends
-Narrowed Gen 1 Lightning 31 Spline 8.8 w/ OX selectable locker, disc brakes, 5.13's, trussed, welded tubes, and Yukon Chromos w/ C-Clip elim
-2" Chevy lowering shackles
-PS cooler
-PS spin on filter
-High flow PSC Saginaw pump w/-12 AN can
-1qt+ External PS resi
-'98+ one piece rear drive shaft (shortened for doubler)

Brakes
-'78 Thunderbird Front calipers
-EBC Green Stuff pads
-'02 F150 Lightning rear calipers
-'98 Super Duty Hydroboost
-1-Ton brake master
-ABS removed (not unplugged, but completely removed and plug depinned)

Transmission, Transfer case(s)
-Hybrid M50D Transmission (4.0 trans w/ 2.5 gear ratios)
-Homemade billet aluminum short throw (15% shorter throw than a Hurst)
-Manual Tcase swap w/ BW1354
-1350/1354 Doubler

Engine, Cooling
-98tm block
-90tm Keith Black pistons
-Stage 2 port and polish Morana heads
-ARP headstuds and rod hardware
-SOHC girdled pan
-Comp Cams 422 cam and dual valve springs
-Smith Bros Pushrods
-Engine oil cooler
-3" exhaust with Thrush welded
-Stainless Ceramic JBA Headers
-66mm BBK TB
-Homebrewed High-Idle setup
-Homemade snorkel w/ pre-cleaner

Exterior, Body Armor
-Homemade HD front and rear bumpers, tailgate, and backrack w/ LED taillights
-Boxed/reinforced frame horns
-Aluminum belly skid
-Tree/Rock sliders
-Cut and rolled fenders
-Aluminum pop out windows
-Homemade tubed core support
-Thunder bolt mirror glass w/ LED turn signals
-Explorer mirrors w/ puddle lights
-Clear corner lights
-'03 Tail lights
-'93 4x4 grille w/ Yellow Ford emblem
-Removable mirrors
-20% Window Tint

Interior
-Pillar pod w/ Autometer UltraliteII Oil pressure and Voltage gauges
-Custom aluminum switch panel w/ Autometer UltraLiteII wideband, boost, and temp gauge
-Modified radio bezel with HVAC vents deleted
-Explorer full length center console, dual lighted sun visors, and overhead console
-FX4 LvlII Seats
-FX4 LvlII silver gauge cluster & HVAC panel
-Rubber Floor

Electrical, Lighting
-130w KC Daylighters
-2 130w KC 69 Series
-Dual Optima batteries
-Aux fuse box for lights, horn, etc.
-2 Memphis 10" Subs
-Memphis 1100w amp
-Pioneer Head unit w/ Bluetooth
-Pioneer speakers
-CB

Misc.
-On-Board-Air
-150A 12V disconnects
-receiver mounted Warn M8000 winch
-Remote Battery terminals
-High mount breather manifold for Transfer case, Doubler, and rear axle.


Supercharged engine build is currently in the parts gathering phase, but it will be a while before the truck goes down for open heart surgery. I am going to wheel it this spring/summer since the truck seems to hold its own in its current state.

I think the truck earned the Ranger "Custom" emblems

I built this whole truck while working a full time job and paying my way through college, so bear with me. Its been a leaning process with plenty of trial and error.

It wanted a truck that was streetable and comfortable, so I can cruise an hour or two to go wheelin' and still be dependable enough to drive home.

6-1-13
http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o...ps0d33ee09.jpg

10-7-14
Little more character was added over the last year and a half...
http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...ps8d972bdf.jpg

6-2016
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...ddcbcd2846.jpg

Thanks for looking

-Plumcrazy
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I just picked up my next victim. Its a 95 Super Cab, 4.0 5 speed 4x4.
No rust anywhere:yahoo: It also has tilt, cruise, pwr windows, mirrors, and locks.
http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...0719090914.jpg

http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...0719090913.jpg

I almost have my entire lift, All I need are some extended brakelines and rear shocks.

http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...0719090912.jpg
I am going to run a 4 inch skykacker TTB brackets and some 4 inch coils (for now), I am in the process of making my cross member and finishing up my ext rad arms. I have Chevy leaves and lowering shackles for the back. I am also planning on throwing a disc brake 31 spline under there. I already put on Warn lock outs. I am currently making a deal on 33" BFG AT's and some black steelies.

I can't wait to start, I am still fixing all the little things the guy before me left. I already put new wheel bearings, rotors, pads, brake lines, and calipers in the front. I need to put new cab mounts on and replace the spring hangers (perfect time to move them foward 6 inches:D)

I am also planning on swapping my bumpers, light bar and brand new black 130w KC's off my old rig.

http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...623091116a.jpg

http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...0703091447.jpg

Mark_88 07-19-2009 11:38 AM

Nice truck...I would like a 5 speed 4x4 too...and it's the right color for me...

PlumCrazy 07-20-2009 06:47 AM

Finding a 95-97 5 speed 4x4 Super cab Ranger was a lot harder than expected. I had to drive two hours to get it.

PlumCrazy 07-28-2009 11:13 PM

I decided to do a little interior work before I tore into the suspension and bumpers.

Heres what I got done so far, I swapped out the nasty, musty, stained carpet for a full rubber floor (found at the JY in like new condition for 5.99). I also cut down the 60/40 seat to buckets and put in a full length center console (I was lucky enough to find an Exploder with a blue interior.). I don't have any good pics of the OHC or lighted visors yet though.
http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...0724091351.jpg

http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...0724091352.jpg
http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...0729091628.jpg
I paid 99 cents for a scrap of black nylon material at Wal mart and played around with my mom's sewing machine,(Its kind of scary how nice it turned out)
http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...0727091721.jpg
Goodbye carpet
http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...0728091316.jpg
My amp fits just right under the center console

http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...724091351a.jpg
I made a filler plate for the back of the console since I don't need A/C controls and the back.lol

http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...728091316a.jpg
I had to notch out the back panel and remove the cargo cover and net to make room for my subs



I also decided to make my light installation a little bit cleaner on this truck than my last one. I removed the cover where a pass side air bag would be located in the newer Rangers and installed a fuse box from a 94 that I rewired to fit my needs. I wired it so the first six blade fuses in the box fuse the six 30 amp relays, the six relays will power my fog lights, driving lights, roof lights, reverse/cargo lights, and my air horn. I also ran a power wire to my switch panel that off of one of the mini fuse slots. I ran 4 gauge wire from the battery to my new fuse box. I bought a battery with the dual termals (top post and side post) so that my 2 gauge stereo power and my 4 gauge fuse box power wire had a nice clean place to bolt on to.

I will snap a few pics of the fuse box and OHC tomorrow. I am still looking for blue vinyl/leather seats and a radio that will light up the same color as my OHC and cluster. I

That Baker Guy 07-28-2009 11:19 PM

man nice find and you wasted no time on makin it yours

PlumCrazy 07-28-2009 11:35 PM

I had all ready planned on doing it before I bought the truck. I would have bought all the stuff before hand, but I didn't know what color interior I would end up with. I was also planning on swapping out the whole interior for gray, but then I found an Exploder with a blue interior, so I figured what the hell might as well keep the blue. I also picked up a gauge pillar pod and sprayed it with some Duplicolor vinyl & plastic paint. I just the blue color that Advance Auto stocks, and it matched perfect:yahoo:.

-plumcrazy

WNY964x4 07-29-2009 12:56 AM

i must say plum i hate you :thefinger:

that truck is almost identical to my 96 , the only difference is mine was a year newer and green and was all manual options , i would kill to have mine back

oh , and mine had a moonvisor

Jay FX4 07-29-2009 01:08 AM

I'm loving the build so far! Excellent work!

PlumCrazy 07-29-2009 04:21 PM

I have crappy pic of my OHC and Visors.
http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...0729091629.jpg

I got my gauge pod painted and mocked up, I am still waitng on my gauges. I ordered an Autometer Z-series volt meter and oil pressure gauge ( I wanted something a little more accurate than the "dummy light" gauges that are on the cluster.) I am still trying to find bulb covers so the gauges will light up the same aqua color as my cluster.
http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...0729091638.jpg
The blue paint matches perfect
http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...0729091639.jpg


I decided to go with a dual terminal battery so it is easy to pull power for my extra fuse box and my amp.

http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...0729091631.jpg

Here is a pic of my fuse box that I rewired and installed it the pass side air bag compartment. http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...0729091632.jpg

I used to two seperate relays that are controlled by one switch for the roof lights because I figured one 30 amp relay wouldn't hold up to four 130w KC's. I also ran a 12 gauge power wire to the rear of the truck in case I need 12 volt power for anything. (like my 40 gal desiel tank with a 12 volt pump). I soldered and heat shrinked all my connections.
I labeled the box so that you get a better idea of how it is wired up.
http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...729091631a.jpg

I pulled the bed off and dropped dropped the fuel tank. I plan to start cutting off the old hangers soon. I snapped a few pics of the new brackets.

Chevy 2 inch drop shackle on my new Ranger hanger. I am also replacing all the 14mm spring bolts with 9/16 grade 8 bolts.
http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...0729091634.jpg

I sat the new hanger about where it will be relocated to. I will have to modify the cab/bed mount bracket. and fab up a new parking brake cable holder.
http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/q...0729091635.jpg

WNY964x4 07-29-2009 08:52 PM

i spoke to soon , i just picked up a 97 Ex. Cab , 4.0 4x4 5 speed , all power options cruise , with FACTORY buckets and 130k on it for $1500 :thefinger: :thefinger:

but yours looks good man


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