1988 Ranger Restoration - Keeping a Promise




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I think you are right.

Look the frame over really really good too, especially behind brackets like the front spring mounts.

You might need a truck...
No joke, I have a perfect frame sitting here. Still trying to track down either a Thunderbird IRS or a fX4 8.8.. Dana 35 is sitting here ready to go as well.

New fenders are here, and a bed much better than the current one. Literally have everything I need to totally reconstruct from the ground up. Only thing missing is a cab that is worth a damn.

At this point, I'm virtually building a truck from scratch. And I'm okay with that.
 
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The FX4 LVLII 8.8" axles aren't that hard to find if you have a yard search for you. But get ready to have your wallet violated.

Now that I own one (mind you, it's being 100% street driven behind a V8) I'd go with something else as far as locker/limited slip..
 

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Explorer 8.8, I went that route and there are piles of Explorers in yards if I ever need anything.
 

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Yard that I use is $66 for any solid axle with brakes and all 🙌🏿
Just going to wait on whichever is first, the IRS or the FX4.


Side note: These guys rolled into town in 2017. Since then, every single junkyard in Pittsburgh has been going out of business.

Place is always packed.

During the warm weather months,all engines are 99 out the door, and every Tuesday all Transmissions are 100 out the door. Doesnt matter what it is.

Every other weekend is 50% off everything, and they do at least one all yiu can carry day for $76.

Selling them any vehicle, running or non running, is $750.

Freaking. Love. Them.
 

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Yard that I use is $66 for any solid axle with brakes and all 🙌🏿
Just going to wait on whichever is first, the IRS or the FX4.


Side note: These guys rolled into town in 2017. Since then, every single junkyard in Pittsburgh has been going out of business.

Place is always packed.

During the warm weather months,all engines are 99 out the door, and every Tuesday all Transmissions are 100 out the door. Doesnt matter what it is.

Every other weekend is 50% off everything, and they do at least one all yiu can carry day for $76.

Selling them any vehicle, running or non running, is $750.

Freaking. Love. Them.
damn... if only I could load up dads junk S-blazers and my daughters 2 toasted compact cars (and the ‘94 F250) $3,750
 

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FX4LII or equivalent stuff is stupid scarce around me.

I have seen two, neither had rear axles in them when I found them. Someone robbed the shift knobs out of one but I made off with the levers. 2 years later I have yet to see another one.
 

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FX4LII or equivalent stuff is stupid scarce around me.

I have seen two, neither had rear axles in them when I found them. Someone robbed the shift knobs out of one but I made off with the levers. 2 years later I have yet to see another one.
If I spot one, want me to grab anything for you?
 

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If I spot one, want me to grab anything for you?
The chrome shift levers are worth decent money if you come across them.

I think I am good, the trans shifter is about all that really fits my truck (and I had to modify the shifter stub for mine to work)
 


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