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Old 11-13-2008, 09:41 PM   #1
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(EDITED: Blake...sorry you couldn't be here on your 20th Birthday to help build it Son....my heart is broken, but I hear Heaven's a great place...say Hello to Jesus for me...)


I'M Converting my 1989 Ranger XLT into a "1936 XLT"-It's time for the 20 year up-grade & a new look with a body swap....
( I really didn't want to scrap the '89 body since it's in such good shape)
guess I'll give the '89 Ranger body to my neighbor so he can roll a bagged chassis under it!(* i want it back when he gets done!)

But, I always wanted a .....RED..... '36 ....... Ford !!!!!!! (the company i bought the cab from makes an "Extra-Cab", so that's the one I bought for the extra storage space)

Since I have absolutely no idea how I'm going to do this, you guys will have to provide the answers on this project....Waaaahaaaahhaaaahaa

(Warning to the Intelligent: some of the pics are out of sequence/all stupied mistakes are documented/lots of moronic thread-jacking &/or conversations/ups & downs of Life: hence....braindamage)


Specs.
1936 modified body(plastic cab)
Steel bed/Aluminum diamond-plate floor
1989 Ranger chassis
OEM P/S (modified location)(converted to manual 2011)
OEM brakes
Wheels/son-in-law
Tires/Firestone 235-70R-15
Dream Beam suspension/lowered 3"/4"
V8-Holley 600cfm/carbed/w 7psi pressure regulator
Under-floorboard battery compartment
700R4 xmsn(re-wired for 3rd/4th O.D.)
Block hugger headers
Dual cats
Harley Davidson Chrome Mufflers(gutted)
OEM gas tank/sending unit modified for custom gas gauge
Air Adjustable independent front/rear shocks
Wipers/electric/by Speciality Power Windows
Windows/electric/ " " "
Dash gauges-Classic Instruments
Steering column/tilt/by I-DID-IT
OEM dash supports/gas & brake pedals
Shifter/B&M Unimatic
Seats/high-back/OEM Ford van
Carpet/by Mad Man Marks
Paint/Red-fire Metallic/by Expert Collision


UPDATE JULY 2012: I'M SLOWLY ADDING A TABLE OF CONTENT:

REMOVAL OF '89 BODY..................PG. 1
ASSEMBLY OF '36 BODY................PG2
DASH & STEERING COLUMN............PG3
A FEW PAINTED PARTS.................PG4
TRUCK AT PAINTER......................PG5
V8 ENGINE PREP..........................PG5
TRANSMISSION PREP....................PG6
CHIT-CHAT.................................PG7
MORE PAINTED PARTS..................PG8
BODY SHOP/ROLL CAGE/V8 BUILD...PG9-14
PAINTED CAB COMES HOME...........PG15
PAINTED BED INSTALLED...............PG16
BUMPER/LIGHTS/HARLEY PIPES.......PG17
DOOR PANELS/DASH GAUGES.........PG18
HOOD/GRILL ASSEMBLY................PG19-21
ENGINE PANELS/MED OVERDOSE.....PG22
RUNNING BOARDS/FENDERS...........PG23-25
HELICOPTER CHIT-CHAT...............PG26
PASSENGER FENDER PROBLEMS......PG27
MISC. PARTS CHIT-CHAT..............PG28-29
SHOCKS/BED BOARDS...................PG30
TIRES/RIMS CHIT-CHAT................PG31-32
BED DIAMONDPLATE/SHOCKS.........PG33
GAS CAP COVER IN BED................PG34-37
PASSENGER SIDE PROBLEMS..........PG38-39
CHIT-CHAT/THREAD-JACKED..........PG40-41
BUMPER/LICENSE MOD..................PG42
CHIT CHAT.................................PG43-45
TAILGATE CABLES........................PG46
CHIT CHAT.................................PG47
RANGER HOOD EMBLEMS...............PG48
BED DIAMONDPLATE.....................PG49
CHIT CHAT.................................PG50
BLACKWIDOW67'S CONVERTIBLE.....PG51-54
RANGER EMBLEM..........................PG55
CHIT CHAT.................................PG56-57
HOOD/CAB/FLOOR INSULATION.......PG58-60
CHIT CHAT/DASH WIRING..............PG61-65
ROLL BAT/FLOOR INSULATION........PG66
CHIT CHAT.................................PG67-68
INTERIOR & WIRING & LITES..........PG69-70
BROKEN DOOR WINDOW................PG71
CHIT CHAT.................................PG72-74
CUPHOLDERS/THREADJACK............PG75-78
ALTERNATOR BRACKETS................PG79
MISC CHIT CHAT.........................PG80-88
V6/V8 SWAP/DUAL EXHAUST.........PG89
CHIT CHAT/BLACKWIDOW'S CAR.....PG90-98
DUAL EXHAUST/MOVING ENGINE.....PG99-101
STEERING ROD/HEADER MOD..........PG102
CHIT CHAT/THREADJACKED............PG103-105
CAP REASSEMBLY........................PG106
INTERIOR PANELS........................PG107
CHIT CHAT/THREADJACKED...........PG108-110
FLOOR/TRANS. RELOCATION..........PG111-115
CHIT CHAT/THREADJACKED...........PG116-117
CARPET INSTALLED......................PG118
FOOTBALL THREADJACKED............PG119-123
TRANSMISSION RING-GEAR MOD....PG124
TRIP TO SONIC FOR SNACKS.........PG125
MISC CHIT CHAT........................PG126-129
CAB FOAM INSULATION...............PG130
MISC HYENNA THREADJACKED.......PG131-134
RAINY 200 MILE ROAD TRIP..........PG135
MISC CIT CHAT/THREADJACKED....PG136-141
STARTER/EXHAUST INSULATION...PG142
MISSISSIPPI RIVER HEADWATER...PG143
A/T WIRING 3rd & 4th OVERDRIVE..PG143
TOW-BAR/HITCH DAYDREAMS.......PG144
MOAR CHITCHAT THREADJACKING..PG145-147
A/C UNDER DASH CAB INSTALL.....PG148-151
CHIT CHAT THREADJACKED...........PG152-154
A/C UNDER HOOD INSTALL...........PG155
LOO-Z-ANNA ROAD TRIP PICS......PG156
A/C CONDENSER INSTALL............PG157-159
MISC. CHIT CHAT......................PG160
A/C DASH DUCTWORK................PG161
BEEFING UP RUNNING BOARDS......PG161
UNFLIPPING THE REAR SPRINGS....PG162
GAS TANK SENDING UNIT MOD.....PG163
SHOCK EXPERIMENT FAIL!...........PG164
MISC CHIT CHAT.......................PG165
SHADE TREE RADIATOR SHROUD...PG166
BED MOUNTED XTRA RADIATOR....PG169
MISC CHIT CHAT.......................PG170-171
NEW SHINY AIR CLEANER............PG172
MISC CHIT CHAT.......................PG173
NEW GEARZ FOR REAR END..........PG174
A/C CONTROLS INSTALL.............PG176
SEVERE RANT ABOUT LIFE...........PG176
MISC CHIT CHAT/MEMORIES........PG177-179
OLD '65 MUSTANG PICS..............PG180
MISC CHIT CHAT PICS................PG181-182
TRS BANNER ROADTRIP 2010.......PG182
BILOXI ROADTRIP PICS...............PG184
MANUAL STEERING BOX INSTALL..PG185-186
CHRISTMAS 2010 CHIT CHAT.......PG187
AIR GAUGE DAYDREAM................PG188
HEATER HOSE INSTALL...............PG188-189
RADIO INSTALL.........................PG189
2.94 "HIGHWAY" GEAR INSTALL....PG190
CARB CHOKE-HEATER INSTALL.....PG191
RADIUS ARM BUSHING MOD.........PG192
SPEAKER BOX MOD....................PG192
NEW ORLEANS ROADTRIP PICS.....PG192
BED WINCH INSTALL..................PG192
MISC CHIT CHAT THREADJACK.....PG193-197
RANGER ROLLS 200,000 MILES.....PG198
MISC CHIT CHAT THREADJACK.....PG199-206
"TRAILER HITCH" INSTALL...........PG207
PINION SPLINE LEAK FIX.............PG208
REAR END DRAIN/REFILL MOD.......PG209
RADIATOR LEAK REPAIR...............PG210
MISC CHIT CHAT.......................PG212-214
LOW BUDGET HEAD REBUILD........PG215
CHRISTMAS 2011......................PG216
DRIVER SIDE HEAD REBUILD.........PG217
MESSING WITH VACUM ADVANCE..PG218
FOUND A '34 FORD TRUCK...........PG219
COMP CAMS SITE W/PIC............PG220
MISC CHIT CHAT......................PG221
REPLACING OEM FUEL PUMP........PG222
MED-INDUCED CARB MOD...........PG224
MISC CHIT CHAT......................PG224-226
02 SENSOR MOD......................PG227
CHITCHAT/PRESLEY WRENCHES..PG228
CHITCHAT/0-2 SENSOR WIRED...PG229
0-2 SENSOR READING...............PG229
CARB MODS FOR 0-2 SENSOR.....PG230
MORE CARB/SENSOR CHITCHAT..PG231
MORALE IS ZERO.....................PG232
WRONG CARB GASKET..............PG233
THREDJACK/RANT ON GUVMENT.PG234
CARB MOD/HARLEY CHITCHAT...PG235
PLUGS-WIRES/DMV STICKER.....PG236
MERRY CHRISTMAS 2012..........PG237
BUILD THREAD ROLLS 200,000 Views.....PG238
MORALE LOW/FRIENDS HELP.....PG238
3" DJM drop kit installation.......PG265
Chitchat about Dream Beams...Pg266-267
Driver-side Head Reworked......Pg268-271
Chit chat.............................Pg272
Vacuum 2ndary adjustment.....Pg273
Found a '34 pickup for sale......Pg274
Comp Cams posted the '36 Ranger...Pg275
Moar Chitchat.......................Pg276
A/C problems/Chitchat............Pg277-279
Modifying the Holley carb........Pg280
My son & Chitchat about life....Pg281
My Guvment/Illegals/Life/God...Pg282-283
O2 Sensor modification...........Pg284
Reminiscing & Chitchat...........Pg285-286
Tuning Carb with O2 Sensor....Pg287-288
Chitchat/Carb mods & gaskets.Pg289-291
Moar Chitchat......................Pg292-294
Spark plugs/Safety Inspection.Pg295
Cold weather starting arrgh.....Pg296
Christmas/New Year/re-focus?..Pg297
New battery/New Alternator.....Pg298-300
Broke motor mount/T.C. drainplug..Pg301
Cajun food/Re-wire T.C. solenoid...Pg302
Chitchat/Ignition switch conversion..Pg303

(that's enuff sorting for now....I got a headache!)








Last front view of truk before disassembly...........




Last side-view of '89 before dis-assembly begins.....



Bed removed & starting to raise body off the chassis....it took about 4 hours to strip it down to this point



Rear view of chassis....notice the out-of-camber front tires!....it took another 4 hours to get down to the chassis.....the worst part was getting the cab up high enough to roll the chassis out from under it (since it's a drive-way project!)



Front end height measurement before suspension drop (with frame horns sawed/removed to fit '36 body).



Rear end of chassis measurement before drop....26"





Front of chassis after drop......now 14"........

Note: It dropped to 13" with new body installed.....






Coil spring with 2 coils sawed off...I also sawed 2" off shock studs & re-threaded them....For Entertainment Purposes Only..Don't Try This at Home






Rear of chassis after drop.....the tape shold read 23"....the end of the tape was in a pothole!....

Note: It dropped to 21" with body installed.........






New stream-line Ranger grill....this grill is 2 feet narrower than oem '89 grill!!!!
Temporary chuck-wagon chassis that I made to mock up body parts on.....
(for rollin around on driveway while project is under way....
my wife said "Isn't that chassis going to rot in a few years?"))





New 4-piece hood (O.K...who hid the other 2 pieces?)....
continuing the mock-up on the wooden Ranger frame....




Slightly modified cab LOL (circa 1936...early style Ranger)





Long, loooooonnnngg way to go b4 completion.....what happened to the chassis pic ?

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Old 11-14-2008, 12:32 AM   #2
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Edit: #2 pic... thanks for finding the chassis pic for me--looks like I got the rear half of the (oem) chassis looking decent with some wire-brushing & 5 cans of gloss black....gotta move the cab mounts before I spray-bomb the front half of the frame

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thats pretty funny. makes me feel a little better about being a mellonhead.

trucks looking good so far. i cant tell what motor that is...

EDIT, but under your name says 2.9...told you i was a mellonhead
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trucks looking good so far. i cant tell what motor that is...

EDIT, but under your name says 2.9...told you i was a mellonhead
Now that makes me feel better lol.
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Ive been tryin to come up with a quote....looks like you guys found one for me-I'll start using it soon.

Edit: the engine is stock 2.9l EFI---180,003 miles & no smoke out of exhaust--I was argueing with myself over 25 mpg OR 2.5 gal.per mile, so I made myself leave the 2.9 in the truck till gas gets to $1 a gallon. :icon_rofl (see-braindamage)




Edit: how bout that 4X4 stance/chassis is still at oem ride-height with modified body bolted down.

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Thats a really really cool project, and i love the fact you kept the 2.9.

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dontknow were your at but gas is like 1.75 here in kc. interesting build man
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LOUISIANA & gas was $4 a gallon when I started the build...
somebody said they were hoping for $2 a gallon....
while we're hoping, let's hope for a $1 a gallon....
maybe the Arabs & S.A.'s will stop cutting our throats & start cutting each other's ( gas price war )[IMG]http://[IMG.STREETROD(58).JPG.IMG]
That's the closest I could get to a picture! (hence: stupied).

EDIT: 18 Mar 09-----oh well, Arabs had to drop price of crude, but (H)exxon is cutting back on production!
Simply amazing....the Arabs back off, so Exxon (etc.) takes over rapeing us

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