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  1. NEW 4WDs VS OLD 4WDs - Ronny Dahl

    It depends. How big is this pothole? Is it like this? :LOL: "Is that a Camry I see at the bottom? Maybe he needed a 4WD."
  2. NEW 4WDs VS OLD 4WDs - Ronny Dahl

    "Uncle" Tom McCahill said many years ago in his column in Mechanix Illustrated that the best all-around off-road vehicle in his experience was the 1928-1931 Ford Model A, partly because of ground clearance. And there was no factory 4WD version. Later Marmon-Herrington made the 4WD conversions...
  3. 2002 SOHC smokes after warm up.

    Out of curiosity, how many miles on the truck/engine?
  4. Found on road...

    The title of this thread is dangerously close to the old joke that FORD stands for "found on the road dead". :LOL: Next someone will start a thread titled "Fix or repair ..."
  5. What did you do to your Ranger today? (Part Deux!)

    Forgot to mention I used my Ranger to get a new mattress. A twin-bed mattress fits nicely and snugly in the bed with the tailgate closed. No need to tie it down. Nice to have a better mattress too. Ironically, this one came from Ollie's (a chain like Big Lots) and is a lot better than the...
  6. What did you do to your Ranger today? (Part Deux!)

    Out of curiosity, I looked at a Ranger on a used-car lot down the road. No one was there on a Sunday, so I just gave it a once-over. Turned out to be a 2006 SuperCab with the 3.0 V-6. The clearcoat was failing on the paint, which was Toreador Red (had a Taurus wagon the same color, so I knew...
  7. Standard speaker sizes?

    The 5" x 7" speakers were common in Fords and Mazdas. You'll find those in few other vehicles. They were used in place of 6" x 8"/6" x 9" to save a little space. If in doubt on a Ford, it's probably a 5" x 7".
  8. Odd motorhome i found...

    That's the strange part. You'd see pictures of them in handyman magazines, but not actually on the road. After seeing this one, we know why. Superior might have built it, but it sure looks like a homebrew conversion involving lots of meth. :LOL:
  9. Odd motorhome i found...

    Needs serious roof work. You can see evidence of leaks in the interior pics. If you look at the old '60s handyman magazines, you'll see pictures of coachbuilt (that is, not homemade) camper conversions like that on lots of unlikely vehicles. They were a thing back then, so this Cadillac...
  10. clunk or thud noise coming from the front at low speeds

    Let's assume (knock on wood) you don't have a frame problem. Let's also assume you don't need to tighten your bearings. Check attachments for the shocks, control arms, and springs. Make sure they're tight. You said your sway bar bushings are already suspect, but other parts could still be...
  11. What did you do to your Ranger today? (Part Deux!)

    She was. PJToledo might have been pushing things a little.
  12. Travelling to Canada next week, any tips?

    Canada geese, as (in theory) migratory birds, are protected under US law. Go figure.
  13. 2000 Ranger 4.0 not charging after new alternator

    Didn't know this. The factory version might not be available now, because no Motorcraft or Ford 130–amp alternator came up when I was shopping for the one I got. Some of the aftermarket stuff claims crazy amperage ratings well above 130.
  14. 2000 Ranger 4.0 not charging after new alternator

    130 amps is an aftermarket high-output alternator. The factory alternator had a rating of around 105 amps. At least for mine, new (yes, new, not reman) Motorcraft OEM units are still available, and I have one on standby. Worst case is that you need to revert to the factory spec because...
  15. Truckspotters

    Sounds like some fine Chinese design and craftsmanship for THAT item. :LOL:
  16. What did you do to your Ranger today? (Part Deux!)

    I'm fortunate to have a convenience store with gas station within 2 miles of my place that has a decent price for 93–octane. The fuel brand is Pure, which returned to the area several years ago, and I've never had a problem with gasoline from those pumps. Right now at that place, regular...
  17. What did you do to your Ranger today? (Part Deux!)

    Finally got around to refueling the Ranger first thing after leaving the house. Had posted here that I made a trip to the Eastern Shore last weekend. The tank of gasoline had 341 miles at refueling. Turned out I had averaged 23.5 miles per US gallon on the trip, which isn't too shabby with...
  18. Truckspotters

    Whitney sold some shady stuff back in the day. No telling where it found those odd-sized pistons.
  19. Travelling to Canada next week, any tips?

    Oh, and don't forget to call Canadian guys a hoser. They like that. :LOL:
  20. Travelling to Canada next week, any tips?

    Your wife couldn't sit at the bar for what reason? And why no tents on grassy areas in campgrounds? I'd hope with debit cards and ATMs so common today the cash requirement has been relaxed.

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