1973 courier/ ranger build


1991fordranger1

Active member
Joined
Aug 18, 2012
Messages
292
Reaction score
36
Points
28
Location
canada
Vehicle Year
1991
Make / Model
ford
Engine Size
3.0 Mercedes diesel
Transmission
Manual
Well I have a week or so to wait for leafs to show up or more so going to tackle some other little jobs that are actually not little.

Going to get some tubing tomorrow brace the cab so I can cut the rockers out one by one and put some 2x4 x .120 wall tube in its place. As well as get the cab corners sorted out and fixed.

I got the cab off the frame already with 4x4 wood blocks holding it up on the solid points I have left on the cab. So its ready. The box is un bolted I need to clean the junk out of it to slide it back but. Feel fairly good on progress. Hope I can get the rockers sorted and body back bolted on before I get the leafs. I'll tackle the floor after leafs makes it easier to see what's going on.

Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
 


Rock Auto 5% Discount Code: 32B05A80BF19AF Expires: July 1st, 2020

85_Ranger4x4

Forum Staff Member
Forum Moderator
Article Contributor
OTOTM Winner
TRS Banner 2010-2011
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Aug 7, 2007
Messages
22,266
Reaction score
2,719
Points
113
Location
SW Iowa
Vehicle Year
1985
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
5.0
Transmission
Manual
Not knowing a thing about the slider things I think a shackle would be better for longevity.

The rubber dust seals don't last forever on those bearings (for nasty conditions I would try to find steel shielded bearings) and those bearing are made to spin like a wheel. When they sit in one spot the balls pound divots into the races.

The PTFE things look pretty light duty. Can't be much more than a 1/4" thick.

Again I don't know anything about them, they look neat but I would do a lot of research on how they hold up.
 

bobbywalter

TRS Technical Staff
TRS Technical Advisor
TRS Banner 2012-2015
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Aug 9, 2007
Messages
19,155
Reaction score
554
Points
113
Location
woodhaven mi
Vehicle Year
1988
Make / Model
FORD mostly
Engine Size
BIGGER
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
sawzall?
Tire Size
33-44
My credo
it is easier to fix and understand than "her"
Not knowing a thing about the slider things I think a shackle would be better for longevity.

The rubber dust seals don't last forever on those bearings (for nasty conditions I would try to find steel shielded bearings) and those bearing are made to spin like a wheel. When they sit in one spot the balls pound divots into the races.

The PTFE things look pretty light duty. Can't be much more than a 1/4" thick.

Again I don't know anything about them, they look neat but I would do a lot of research on how they hold up.
all that goes away with the ones i presented.
 

85_Ranger4x4

Forum Staff Member
Forum Moderator
Article Contributor
OTOTM Winner
TRS Banner 2010-2011
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Aug 7, 2007
Messages
22,266
Reaction score
2,719
Points
113
Location
SW Iowa
Vehicle Year
1985
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
5.0
Transmission
Manual
The thin slices of plastic?
 

BlackBII

Ranger Custom
Article Contributor
OTOTM Winner
TRS Banner 2010-2011
Joined
Aug 14, 2007
Messages
7,463
Reaction score
200
Points
63
Location
UT
Vehicle Year
1989
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
5
Tire Size
33
The thin slices of plastic?
Those are self lubricating thermoplastic polyethylene, which is amazing stuff and is even replacing sintered bronze in many applications. :icon_thumby:
 

85_Ranger4x4

Forum Staff Member
Forum Moderator
Article Contributor
OTOTM Winner
TRS Banner 2010-2011
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Aug 7, 2007
Messages
22,266
Reaction score
2,719
Points
113
Location
SW Iowa
Vehicle Year
1985
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
5.0
Transmission
Manual
Those are self lubricating thermoplastic polyethylene, which is amazing stuff and is even replacing sintered bronze in many applications. :icon_thumby:
Yeah, it is common on the bottom of combine cutting platforms.
 

1991fordranger1

Active member
Joined
Aug 18, 2012
Messages
292
Reaction score
36
Points
28
Location
canada
Vehicle Year
1991
Make / Model
ford
Engine Size
3.0 Mercedes diesel
Transmission
Manual
Well I got the sawzall out and hacked a big chunk of the rocker out after first bracing the cab with 1x1 tubing.

I need to pick up a wire wheel to buff the bottom of the piece I'm leaving in before sliding the tube up into place. I feel confident that a few hours will have it back together at least the drivers side.

Told the wife I want to drive this thing next summer. And with a third kid on the way in February need to get the most of the bigger stuff done while I can.


Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
 

bobbywalter

TRS Technical Staff
TRS Technical Advisor
TRS Banner 2012-2015
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Aug 9, 2007
Messages
19,155
Reaction score
554
Points
113
Location
woodhaven mi
Vehicle Year
1988
Make / Model
FORD mostly
Engine Size
BIGGER
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
sawzall?
Tire Size
33-44
My credo
it is easier to fix and understand than "her"
one step at a time :icon_thumby:
 

1991fordranger1

Active member
Joined
Aug 18, 2012
Messages
292
Reaction score
36
Points
28
Location
canada
Vehicle Year
1991
Make / Model
ford
Engine Size
3.0 Mercedes diesel
Transmission
Manual
I was able to get the wire wheel and buff all the steel on the under side up. Grabbed the best etching adherent primer the auto store sold and gave it a few coats of that before sliding the tube up into place.

I never brought my welding helmet home from work today to weld it up perfect but I got it braille tacked up in there and then took the fender and marked the tube and cut it off. The marked the fender and trimmed it to fit it in place.

Not a lot of progress but a great moral booster.

Took measurements will shear up some 14 gauge tomorrow at work to fill in the gaps and bring my lid home and hopefully burn it all in good. Have to do the cab corner and fix fender rust but all In time



Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
 

1991fordranger1

Active member
Joined
Aug 18, 2012
Messages
292
Reaction score
36
Points
28
Location
canada
Vehicle Year
1991
Make / Model
ford
Engine Size
3.0 Mercedes diesel
Transmission
Manual
Well had some success this weekend was able to get the rocker done on the drivers side. While i was in groove I tackled the cab corner. I feel like it was success. I hope to get to the other side this week. Its moving along second side always goes faster don't have to second guess yourself. So woohoo!! [emoji3]


Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
 

bobbywalter

TRS Technical Staff
TRS Technical Advisor
TRS Banner 2012-2015
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Aug 9, 2007
Messages
19,155
Reaction score
554
Points
113
Location
woodhaven mi
Vehicle Year
1988
Make / Model
FORD mostly
Engine Size
BIGGER
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
sawzall?
Tire Size
33-44
My credo
it is easier to fix and understand than "her"
those are some stout rockers.
 

1991fordranger1

Active member
Joined
Aug 18, 2012
Messages
292
Reaction score
36
Points
28
Location
canada
Vehicle Year
1991
Make / Model
ford
Engine Size
3.0 Mercedes diesel
Transmission
Manual
those are some stout rockers.
Yeah I know they are heavy but they won't trust out before i destroy it lol

Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
 

1991fordranger1

Active member
Joined
Aug 18, 2012
Messages
292
Reaction score
36
Points
28
Location
canada
Vehicle Year
1991
Make / Model
ford
Engine Size
3.0 Mercedes diesel
Transmission
Manual
I think I'm a liberal when it comes to angle grinders and zip discs


Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
 

1991fordranger1

Active member
Joined
Aug 18, 2012
Messages
292
Reaction score
36
Points
28
Location
canada
Vehicle Year
1991
Make / Model
ford
Engine Size
3.0 Mercedes diesel
Transmission
Manual
Springs are in but now I have to finish cab up enough to place it


Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
 

bobbywalter

TRS Technical Staff
TRS Technical Advisor
TRS Banner 2012-2015
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Aug 9, 2007
Messages
19,155
Reaction score
554
Points
113
Location
woodhaven mi
Vehicle Year
1988
Make / Model
FORD mostly
Engine Size
BIGGER
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
sawzall?
Tire Size
33-44
My credo
it is easier to fix and understand than "her"
i hate it when that happens
 


Top