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Old 07-17-2013, 11:46 PM   #1
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Well, I'm far enough with my build, that I figure I'll post a build thread.

I've had a crew cab Ranger dream for a quite a few years now, and creeps back into my mind fairly often. With a few changes to life, I now work 3/4-12's (alternating 3 and 4 days off in a row!!) and no longer have someone to tell me to come inside from the garage! So, I decided to start my dream truck.

It's starting out with a 94 Mazda B4000, that I bought from a friend after it was rolled over, and thoroughly abused. Then I have a 95 or 96 regular cab parts truck that is donating the rear cab, and probably dash/ a few interior parts. The rest of the parts, excluding the extended cab parts truck I still need to find, are just parts I have laying around. I have a few parts, since the Mazda is my 10th RBV. I have another plan/ idea up my sleeve for later on, but I'm going to let everybody wonder (if you know me, and know what it is, don't spill the beans!) if somebody guesses it, I'll say it.
I've always told myself I'd never have a lifted street truck, but here I am building one... My "goal" is 3" body lift, 4-5" suspension, and 35's, and if funds allow it, it will get an 04+ nose to round off the "mini Superduty" look.

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Here's my photoshop of the goal, minus the color, and it will be a little lower



The starter truck:



one parts truck



I started by cutting up 2 doors a couple months ago, just to make sure it was going to work.







Then I brought the Mazda in, and started pulling it apart, and getting the cab off



I realized I would be in the garage a lot, so I bought a mini fridge from a friend, to keep barly pop in



I pulled the trigger on the air hammer and sawzall a few times, and started getting the cab rough trimmed.







Next came the regular cab parts truck cab, which was already off the frame.



Then came rough trimming the front off of that cab, which leaves me with a core support for another Ranger, and the dash, which I'm going to try and put into the 4 door. If it doesn't work, its not the end of the world, I'd just like to have the newer dash and airbag/s.







I scored a d30 for free from the same friend I bought the Mazda from. He said it blew up the spiders gears, but the cover hasn't been off yet. there's definitely something broke or striped, but it doesn't seem like an axle.



The cabs were rough trimmed enough to start sliding them together, and start further trimming.








And finally, where it sits as of today! The back door is justing held up with tie downs, so that I could tell how far the rear cab needed to come forward.
I'm not sure yet, for the gap at the top of the doors (3-4" at the top, narrowing to nothing around the body line), if I'm going to extend the front door like the photoshop, extend the rear door, or do a filler panel like a 90's 4 door F-250 would have. I'm leaning towards the filler panel.



I'm almost to a stopping point until I find a cheap extended cab parts truck, because I need the rear part of the door jam, to for the back edge of the new B-pillar. I will also need the seats, possible the frame, and a few misc. interior parts. the Mazda frame is bent, but fixable, I'd just rather start with a straight one through.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:53 AM   #2
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subscribed for sure, thats a lot more progress than ive seen from other attempts. keep up the work and finish it already PLEASE
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:11 AM   #3
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wow this is going to be so sick!!!!
I will be watching.
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:51 AM   #4
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Awesome!
What's your plan for rear door glass? Explorer windows might be an option.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:21 AM   #5
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I looked into custom glass, but the one company I found with a price online, was $1200 I think for 2 windows...
I'll probably use plexi glass, or lexan. I've heard lexan looks more like glass, but scratches easier, but it's probably what I'll use.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:48 AM   #6
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So far so good! Extra bracing wasn't needed to hold the cab's structure as you work?
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This is pretty cool. I am a member on cummins forum and there is a guy doing this exact thing over there only with a dodge extended cab I'll find the link and put it up here it may be some help to you if you got stuck on it! Either way that is gonna look sweet!

Edit here's the link if you ever wanna browse through it
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So far so good! Extra bracing wasn't needed to hold the cab's structure as you work?
Not really, no. The floor is really the most flimsy part. I'm kind of surprised how sturdy the regular cab section is, with the firewall and windshield cut out!
The cab is actually 13mm out of square from being rolled, which I didn't notice until I started cutting it. It should come out with a good shove once the floors are welded together.

The truck will be getting sliders like I did on my ex girlfriend's Ranger.
The rocker will get cut out, and 2x4 box will get put in its place. I have a thread about them already, somewhere.

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I like the rocker panels.
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