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RayInStl

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Well, that didn't work. Let's try something else!
Hey everyone. I used to be pretty active here until a rusted frame finally took my beloved farm truck Ranger off the road. I've been keeping a loose eye on Facebook Marketplace ever since.

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Yesterday morning this 83 4x4 4 speed long bed showed up in my feed for the princely sum of $1,000. The original engine had a washed cylinder and was pulled and a running 2.3L from a mustang purchased, but never put in. The listing was posted over a week before I saw it and the truck looked like it was in pretty good shape, so I was surprised when the the seller responded that it was still available and had a clean title. I couldn't hook up my trailer fast enough. I need another project like I need a hole in the head, but how do I pass that up?

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I went and picked her up just before the rain really started to come down. So you'll be seeing me around the forums again :)
 

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Uncle Gump

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Nice...

Glad to see you're back in the game.
 

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Toonces drives a Ranger . . . . just not very well.
That is a nice truck. Good score!

Don't cut that dash for a DIN radio. Intact 3-hole radio dash tim panels are getting really scarce.
 

RayInStl

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Well, that didn't work. Let's try something else!
Don't cut that dash for a DIN radio. Intact 3-hole radio dash tim panels are getting really scarce.
I'll probably end up hiding a modern head unit somewhere. I listen to Spotify with my phone's Bluetooth anyway, so I don't need to have direct access to the radio controls other than volume. But most cheap head units come with remotes and support steering wheel buttons, so I can come up with a clever way to control that.

Good point though!
 

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That is a clean little truck. Great find!!!
 

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Hello Ray, Glad you're back man :)
 

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When you say something will only take a couple of hours it usually takes longer.
Welcome . Nice find. What is peaking out to the left?
 

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That reminds me very much of my first Ranger. It's in quite a bit better shape tho.
 

RayInStl

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Well, that didn't work. Let's try something else!
Thanks guys. It's good to be back.

Welcome . Nice find. What is peaking out to the left?
That's my 66 Austin Healey Sprite. I'm hoping to have it on the road some time this year.

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Jeep for scale, lol.
 

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When you say something will only take a couple of hours it usually takes longer.

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In my best Chris Farley voice...

Big guy in a little car.
 

RayInStl

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Well, that didn't work. Let's try something else!
Haha yeah, they didn't change the name to "midget" in 69 for nothing!
 

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I'll probably end up hiding a modern head unit somewhere. I listen to Spotify with my phone's Bluetooth anyway, so I don't need to have direct access to the radio controls other than volume. But most cheap head units come with remotes and support steering wheel buttons, so I can come up with a clever way to control that.

Good point though!
Retro sound head units have the knobs and old school looking displays that will work with that dash.

85-86 (IIRC) dash panels are a direct swap with your cluster. Later ones have a big opening for the message center as opposed to the four windows like the earlier trucks.
 

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