'88 Nissan "850" D21 HardBody


Ranger850

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Born with a 3.0, looking for a donor V8
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Stock 2"
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Doing things wrong, until I get it right.
So this was my grandad's last vehicle he ever owned, before passing away. My Dad sold it to his buddy, about 5-6 years ago. Unfortunately, he also passed away, and my dad bought it back to help his mother offset the funeral costs. So fast forward to now, and I have it. Nothing special, I4, 4spd, 2wd 2door, just like I like'em. lol.
So here it is, the day I parked it in my yard, where it sat, for a while, until I decided to give it some love.
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The interior was in shambles.
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So I got a set of Buckets and some decent door panels
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I will be putting the Explorer console, from my Ranger, right between those seats. Gotta have cup holders. :icon_thumby:
Also, Notice the locking mechanism on the pillar? works like a charm. lol
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It starts and runs "ok", but it does need some attention under the hood and chassis.
As it sits now, there is NO A/C, but has the compressor, just no belt driving it, and the interior controls are missing. With winter coming, that should give me the time to get the A/C going and hopefully by next summer, I can roll the windows up and ride in comfort. More to come.
 


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rusty ol ranger

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Not a nissan guy, but them old hardbodies ive always heard were pretty good trucks. Enjoy it!
 

Ranger850

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Born with a 3.0, looking for a donor V8
Transmission
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2WD / 4WD
2WD
Total Lift
Stock 2"
Tire Size
Stock
My credo
Doing things wrong, until I get it right.
Not a nissan guy, but them old hardbodies ive always heard were pretty good trucks. Enjoy it!
and the aftermarket is flooded with parts for these things. this is my first hardbody, but i had a lil' Datsun 720 back in the day.
 

rusty ol ranger

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A legend to the old man, a hero to the child...
and the aftermarket is flooded with parts for these things. this is my first hardbody, but i had a lil' Datsun 720 back in the day.
Buddy of mine had an ol datsun...dont remember the model or year though...

Fondest memory of that thing was first winter i lived in MI getting a flat tire in a january snow storm at about 2 am. We changed the tire is shifts to avoid freezing lol.
 

Ranger850

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Born with a 3.0, looking for a donor V8
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2WD
Total Lift
Stock 2"
Tire Size
Stock
My credo
Doing things wrong, until I get it right.
so my plan is to leave the motor alone for as long as possible. it runs fine. It has a slight left pull on the brakes. I'll probly do a mild brake upgrade with v6 caliper/brackets/rotors. It's supposed to be a straight swap, so we'll see.
The dash is toast, so I'm looking for eitjer a good one from the JY, or a recover thing i saw on ebay.

ebayhttps://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F192569832516
 

rusty ol ranger

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Transmission
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2WD / 4WD
2WD
My credo
A legend to the old man, a hero to the child...
Good luck in the boneyard...

Around here anyways they are harder to find then 1st gen rangers.
 


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