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Family Heirloom: The chronicles of Sarah's Ranger

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What Sarah did made plenty of sense. When she learned that her Grand mom's truck had a rusted out frame, she felt obligated to take the thing apart and address the problem. Having moved to Arizona, she found a decent donor and proceeded to do a complete frame off. Yes, she rattle can painted the engine, but so what? I did the very same. It lasted for another 17 years with no real issues. I'm sure hers will do quite well in Arizona climes.

Her efforts do raise another question. it worth the time to restore an old Ranger in the first place? Most of course, would say no and just let them rust to death. Junkyards tell that very same story. They are full of them.

Personally speaking, I found that it took about $20,000 to restore mine. I've got the time and the money. And if my 20 year old engine seizes up, so what? I can always buy something in a crate for just a few more thou. That's still a lot cheaper than buying a brand new truck at today's prices.

Sarah runs a YouTube site. She works on cars. That's all she does. I rather like to see a Ranger get taken apart and put back together again. I'm sure I'm just one of many thousand Ranger owners who enjoy watching. Maybe our reasons are practical. maybe they are sentimental too. Choosing a ranger served her well. No doubt it was a real cash cow.

Thanks, buddy, for posting these links.. I want to know what she does with it in the end. Will she drive it every day or take it to car shows, or just park it in her garage?
 
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I want to know what she does with it in the end. Will she drive it every day or take it to car shows, or just park it in her garage?

That is the big question. I'm hoping it becomes a part time daily like her Subaru and does all the part hauling chores.
 

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Sarah does the meticulous stuff in the first part of the finale.

 

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Thats fine but if you are going to call something restored, you have to restore it.

I haven't actually watched the series but if she just puff canned a used motor... it is just a puff canned used motor. Tune in next month when the rear main starts seeping.
I actually watched the series. No she didn't crack into the bottom end of the motor. However it's an original 4.0 with no issues, has less than 100,000 miles, and drove successfully across country within the past year. Even so, she did replace the main seals, timing cover gaskets, water pump, all before painting it.

It's still a frame-off restoration.
 

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I actually watched the series. No she didn't crack into the bottom end of the motor. However it's an original 4.0 with no issues, has less than 100,000 miles, and drove successfully across country within the past year. Even so, she did replace the main seals, timing cover gaskets, water pump, all before painting it.

It's still a frame-off restoration.
If I remember correctly she replaced the fuel injectors too. I know it's not exactly engine work, but it shows attention to detail.
 

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Sarah finishes up the restoration with paint correction, ceramic coating, and trim polishing.


What I really learned is how long all this takes. I am so impressed with everyone that decides to do any sort of restoration, modding, or deep detailing. The amount of time and effort invested is insane and you guys are doing it while having to go to work!

Hat's off to all of you and hats off to Sarah for giving us a concours quality Ranger.

(I am looking forward to her "review" of it later on.)
 

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Thanks a lot for sharing Sarah's adventures with us. It was fun to watch and I learned a lot.
 

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You're welcome.

I just want to get as many Ranger fans over here as possible.
 

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I’m sure that truck would turn all our heads if we saw it out on the road, Sarah did a great job 👍

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A sweet truck and a real inspiration to those of us who wish to keep our Rangers, not only running, but also looking new.
 

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A sweet truck and a real inspiration to those of us who wish to keep our Rangers, not only running, but also looking new. The story of Sarah's restoration was highly informative. The big take away, however, is the story of her grandmom. She took great care of that Ranger and passed it on as a family heirloom.

I get it. I'm a grandfather. A Ford Ranger is no exotic, but it doesn't need to be. It's the family fun and memories that last. Rangers are rugged and four square, something everyone could use. A sound rust busting restoration assures another 20 years of life on the road, a perfect gift for my grandson some day.

I'm restoring mine step by step, taking on a new project every summer. The day is sure to come when my 2003 will be like new. It will be an antique by then, maybe even a classic. most importantly my grandson will inherit something nice and not a bucket of bolts..
 
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