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'88 Nissan "850" D21 HardBody

Ranger850

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Born with a 3.0, looking for a donor V8
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Doing things wrong, until I get it right.
So I started with the Rears bushings., seemed like the right place to start to me. The old bushings came out fairly easy. And boy, were they ready to be changed out
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The bushings were stamped with part #'s, 9921,9922, & 9923. The 9921's were larger and obviously for the front, but the 9922's and 9923's seemed to be the same size, but I tried to keep like with like, and put the 9922's on the bottom, and 9923's on top. The tops slid right in with little force applied. The bottoms were a little more difficult. I eventually used a large C-clamp to squeeze the shackle through the bushings.
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Old vs New
 


Ranger850

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Adding gas struts to the hood ;
After several mock-ups, I have it complete. 2 struts.
So Here is what I did.
I bolted these home made brackets under the fender lip using 1/4-20 bolts and nuts. I used a 5/16' drill bit to drill the holes.
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This is the lower bracket/Driver's side.
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On the Uppers, I put the rod inside the hood hinge.
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complete, no hood rod
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bobbywalter

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woodhaven mi
Vehicle Year
1988
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FORD mostly
Engine Type
V8
Engine Size
BIGGER
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
sawzall?
Tire Size
33-44
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it is easier to fix and understand than "her"
When is the gtr swap?
 

Ranger850

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Stock 2"
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Ranger850

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Stock 2"
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Stock
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Doing things wrong, until I get it right.
So my old tires were from 2012 and super dry rotted. I had to search for a while before I found a "good" deal on a set of rims from a 2001 Nissan Frontier with tires that have about 50% tread left. He was asking $400 on FB Marketplace, but I offered $300 when I went to see them. One tire has a screw in the tread (still hold air) and the same rim has some damage. Looks like the caliper or something came off and dug into the aluminum. NOt a deal breaker by any means.
New rims in the bed
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New rims in top pic, old ones; bottom
 

dvdswan

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Ranger XLT 2WD
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3.0 V6
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Automatic
2WD / 4WD
2WD
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Keep your mind like an umbrella, it only works if its open... Continually learning.
Lt. Dan, you got new legs.

admit it, you said that in your Forest Gump voice.:p
 

Ranger850

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2WD / 4WD
2WD
Total Lift
Stock 2"
Tire Size
Stock
My credo
Doing things wrong, until I get it right.
Fixed the license plate lights. fashioned some brackets from some old gutters
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Did a front bumper and valance swap
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Ranger850

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Total Lift
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Tire Size
Stock
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Doing things wrong, until I get it right.
Also customized my gauge cluster. still gotta figure out how to get the tach working. My OE speedo needle broke about a year ago.
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Also shave 100k miles off with the new odometer :headbang:
 

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Keep your mind like an umbrella, it only works if its open... Continually learning.
Did you ever get a FSM off nicoclub?
 

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Tire Size
Stock
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Doing things wrong, until I get it right.
Hornswap1.jpg

Replaced the old disc style horn with a Trumpet style from an old (Early 90's) Mercedes Benz 300 SE

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This is where it went, but I relocated it under the hood, on the DS fender, where all the Emissions stuff used to live. (No pic yet )
 

Ranger850

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Total Lift
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Stock
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dvdswan

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2WD / 4WD
2WD
My credo
Keep your mind like an umbrella, it only works if its open... Continually learning.
did you try the path for 87 or 88. they had 4 cylinder in them.
 

Blmpkn

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Ford ranger
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2.3 EcoBoost
Engine Size
2.3
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2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
2.5" level
Tire Size
275/65/18
My credo
Its probably better to be self deprecating than self defecating.
Does this have the sr20? The 1.8 pistons essentially drop right in for a good bump to compression.. coupled with a more aggressive cam profile, exhaust, Intake and tune would be right around 200hp.
 

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My credo
Keep your mind like an umbrella, it only works if its open... Continually learning.
NAPS-Z 24 IIRC.
 

Ranger850

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Born with a 3.0, looking for a donor V8
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Manual
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Total Lift
Stock 2"
Tire Size
Stock
My credo
Doing things wrong, until I get it right.
Does this have the sr20? The 1.8 pistons essentially drop right in for a good bump to compression.. coupled with a more aggressive cam profile, exhaust, Intake and tune would be right around 200hp.
No
NAPS-Z 24 IIRC.
Yes z24. 2.4L dual spark plug I4
 

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