• Welcome Visitor! Please take a few seconds and Register for our forum. Even if you don't want to post, you can still 'Like' and react to posts.

Fiat 131 build

BlackBII

Ranger Custom
Article Contributor
OTOTM Winner
TRS Banner 2010-2011
Joined
Aug 14, 2007
Messages
7,874
Reaction score
839
Points
113
Location
UT
Vehicle Year
1989
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
5
Tire Size
33
They cost more but I would definitely go pressure treated on the 2x4's for longevity. :icon_thumby:
You and I think alike! Just had a bunch delivered to my house.
 


BlackBII

Ranger Custom
Article Contributor
OTOTM Winner
TRS Banner 2010-2011
Joined
Aug 14, 2007
Messages
7,874
Reaction score
839
Points
113
Location
UT
Vehicle Year
1989
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
5
Tire Size
33
Floor is out. Starting to not look like a car anymore.

Made up this poster for reference. Should make getting everything back where it should be easier



 

BlackBII

Ranger Custom
Article Contributor
OTOTM Winner
TRS Banner 2010-2011
Joined
Aug 14, 2007
Messages
7,874
Reaction score
839
Points
113
Location
UT
Vehicle Year
1989
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
5
Tire Size
33
Started working on the rear end.

Going with a 3 link with a watts link

Built a frame jig so that I can get the frame rails square. Not sure what my wheel offsets will be, but my track width at the wheel mounting surface is going to be 54" front and rear, and the wheelbase is 98"

I am planning on using Michelin TB15 tires, which are 24.5" tall, so that's what I have the Ford 9" rear axle sitting at at the moment





 

BlackBII

Ranger Custom
Article Contributor
OTOTM Winner
TRS Banner 2010-2011
Joined
Aug 14, 2007
Messages
7,874
Reaction score
839
Points
113
Location
UT
Vehicle Year
1989
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
5
Tire Size
33
All that is left to do now is everything else!

I have some frame rails and control arms coming. Should start making good progress in the next few weeks.

 

BlackBII

Ranger Custom
Article Contributor
OTOTM Winner
TRS Banner 2010-2011
Joined
Aug 14, 2007
Messages
7,874
Reaction score
839
Points
113
Location
UT
Vehicle Year
1989
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
5
Tire Size
33
Had Art Morrison send me some bent rails, crossmembers, and control arms.

Getting everything square isn't easy.



 
Last edited:

Uncle Gump

Forum Staff Member
Forum Moderator
Supporting Member
TRS Event Participant
Joined
Sep 17, 2018
Messages
11,153
Reaction score
9,052
Points
113
Location
Ottawa IL
Vehicle Year
2006/1986
Make / Model
Ranger/BroncoII
Engine Size
4.0L SOHC/2.9L
2WD / 4WD
4WD
My credo
Lead, Follow or get out of my way
You should keep the garage door closed... your Ranger will be jealous if it gets a peek and the new project.

Seems the plan is coming together...
 

Blmpkn

Toilet enthusiast
Supporting Member
Joined
Feb 15, 2020
Messages
3,702
Reaction score
3,467
Points
113
Location
Southern maine
Vehicle Year
2021
Make / Model
Ford ranger
Engine Type
2.3 EcoBoost
Engine Size
2.3
Transmission
Automatic
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.
How are you going to treat/finish the frame & suspension once everything is together? Powdercoat?
 

BlackBII

Ranger Custom
Article Contributor
OTOTM Winner
TRS Banner 2010-2011
Joined
Aug 14, 2007
Messages
7,874
Reaction score
839
Points
113
Location
UT
Vehicle Year
1989
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
5
Tire Size
33
You should keep the garage door closed... your Ranger will be jealous if it gets a peek and the new project.

Seems the plan is coming together...
To be fair, the Ranger just had a few years of work put into it, while my Fiat has been in the corner waiting for... 14 years

How are you going to treat/finish the frame & suspension once everything is together? Powdercoat?
The frame is going to be welded into the car, since I have now cut out most of the structure of the unibody. So, it'll get primed, painted and undercoated with the rest of the underbody. The rear axle, control arms, etc will all be powder coated, yeah. The question is, what color? The car is going to be white, wheels gold, engine bay black, and interior black.
 

shane96ranger

Well-Known Member
V8 Engine Swap
Joined
Oct 20, 2009
Messages
8,334
Reaction score
214
Points
63
Location
Utah
Vehicle Year
1997 / 1989
Make / Model
Ford F150-Stang
Engine Type
V8
Engine Size
4.6 Triton / 5.0
This looks great, BB2! Refresh my memory... what part of UT are you in? I'm in Tooele now.
 

Blmpkn

Toilet enthusiast
Supporting Member
Joined
Feb 15, 2020
Messages
3,702
Reaction score
3,467
Points
113
Location
Southern maine
Vehicle Year
2021
Make / Model
Ford ranger
Engine Type
2.3 EcoBoost
Engine Size
2.3
Transmission
Automatic
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.
To be fair, the Ranger just had a few years of work put into it, while my Fiat has been in the corner waiting for... 14 years



The frame is going to be welded into the car, since I have now cut out most of the structure of the unibody. So, it'll get primed, painted and undercoated with the rest of the underbody. The rear axle, control arms, etc will all be powder coated, yeah. The question is, what color? The car is going to be white, wheels gold, engine bay black, and interior black.
Hmmmm... can't go wrong with red.. or yellow.

The car will be solid white?
 

Ranger850

Banned... except Florida... and here soon
Supporting Member
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Jan 24, 2018
Messages
7,809
Reaction score
4,119
Points
113
Location
Tallahassee Florida
Vehicle Year
2001
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
Born with a 3.0, looking for a donor V8
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Total Lift
Stock 2"
Tire Size
Stock
My credo
Doing things wrong, until I get it right.
The question is, what color? The car is going to be white, wheels gold, engine bay black, and interior black.
Gold powder coated parts will look sick
 

Blmpkn

Toilet enthusiast
Supporting Member
Joined
Feb 15, 2020
Messages
3,702
Reaction score
3,467
Points
113
Location
Southern maine
Vehicle Year
2021
Make / Model
Ford ranger
Engine Type
2.3 EcoBoost
Engine Size
2.3
Transmission
Automatic
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.

broncc

Well-Known Member
Ham Radio Operator
Joined
Nov 30, 2020
Messages
213
Reaction score
265
Points
63
Location
MA, USA
Vehicle Year
1989
Make / Model
Ford Bronco II
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
6
Tire Size
31
My credo
Giving my truck more money than it deserves.
I can't tell if I'm on the RangerStation or GRM any more!

This build is really cool and I'm glad you're coming back to it. Slow and steady gets it done! I'm learning this the hard way...
 

BlackBII

Ranger Custom
Article Contributor
OTOTM Winner
TRS Banner 2010-2011
Joined
Aug 14, 2007
Messages
7,874
Reaction score
839
Points
113
Location
UT
Vehicle Year
1989
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
5
Tire Size
33

Sponsored Ad


Sponsored Ad

Top