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My 1996 Ford Ranger 4x4 (TRS-2) Re-Build


Jim Oaks

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Hmm....

I got a couple sirens laying around. I've got one of these Federal Model 28's.

I haven't wound it up since I moved to Texas. If I wound that up here, people would be heading for their tornado shelters. LOL.
 


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Took this old switch box and replaced the original switches (second from the right) because they didn't light up.

Also replaced the legends and added labels.

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Time to start wiring everything back up.
 

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The blue switches for the blue strobe lights so you can relive your glory days?
 

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225/70/15-winter. 235/75/15-summer
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and black paint/mylar decals might follow:

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Got my plywood console installed.

Top row:
Power switch that turns on a relay that powers the USB and 12-volt outlets.
USB port with a digital voltage meter in the center of it.
12-volt outlet

Second row:
Uniden CB radio

Third row:
Midland MXT115 GMRS

Fourth row:
Refurbished switch box for my LED lights.

I also painted my center console and add a dual USB port inside the console, a dual USB port, and a 12-volt port on the rear of the console.

There's also a dual 12-volt outlet on the right of the plywood console for my GPS, dash cam, or tablet.
 

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I like it! Nice job!
 

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Looks like the same CB I have... can't figure out where to put it.

Are you using a remote speaker for either of your radios? I'm hard of hearing... ask my wife. I would probably never hear those if the speakers are in the box.
 

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On my ‘88 I put a remote speaker (for a cb) in the headliner right by the rear veiw mirror. Worked great! Dad put a speaker in his S-blazer by the drivers seat belt loom on the “B” pillar for his mobile ham radio.
 

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Give 'yer balls a tug. Fight me.
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You're right. Your cup holders are in line vs side by side, touchscreen vs keyboard, and switches and radio reversed.


😶
 

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Looks like the same CB I have... can't figure out where to put it.

Are you using a remote speaker for either of your radios? I'm hard of hearing... ask my wife. I would probably never hear those if the speakers are in the box.
I had one in my CR-V. I put it where the ash tray used to be. It's a great size to squeeze in a lot if odd places. They work well. A bit short on bells and whistles but they get the job done if you set them up right.
 

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I rebuilt my snorkel. The old one curved and went into and out of the top of the cowl. Sometimes it would moan like a sick cow at idle.

All was going well, until I fawked up and drill out a 3.5-inch hole in the fiberglass fender 1-inch to far back towards the passenger door. Let's just say, there's a gap. :shok:

Oh well, the fender was busted already anyway. Maybe I can find something to cover it.
 

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How big is the snorkel pipe?

John Deere 4010/4020 diesel has a 3" air stack, the boot R57119 is about $20 at a dealer.


 
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Thanks for the pix. I've been wanting to do a snorkel on mine. Thats the route I thought it should take.
 

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I used:

(2) 2-inch 45 degree ABS pipe
(1) 2-inch 90 degree ABS short elbow
(1) 2-inch to 3-inch conversion ABS
(1) 3-inch ABS pipe
(1) 3-inch ABS 90 degree long elbow
(1) 4-inch ABS cap
(2) L-brackets
(1) 3-inch u-bolt

I got it all from Lowes

I used 3-inch since I had room inside my fiberglass fenders.

I think when I first did the I had to sand the end of the factory air cleaner inlet so the 2-inch ABS would fit over it.

I used the black ABS pipe cement. It sets super fast, so be sure of your position and angles before you stick them together. I fit everything together first and then test fit each piece to be sure as I put it back together with cement.

Note that those 45 degree elbows fit together without needing a short piece of 2-inch ABS. I bought a 3rd 45 degree elbow and cut the end off and stuck it in the 2-3 adapter so I wouldn't have to buy a piece of 2-inch ABS pipe.

The 3-inch u-bolt goes around the 3-inch pipe and through the side of the inner fender.
 


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