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My 87 Ranger I will be restoring soon I want to keep track of my progress and add information as I find it.


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My door seals are a little flat. To help breathe new life into them I used the factory holes in the dooe seals and fished a cloths hangar up with a cloths line rope and then over the top. I think electricians have a wire that they use that would be better for something like this.
 
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Here I use a concrete mixer from a big box hardware store to keep bondo mixed well. It works for me
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I have two small dents. Welded a stud and got dent pulled. Then while holding I knocked the high part down. I will cover my welds up from the aftermarket mirrors with kitty hair fiberglass. Total 4 spots on door. I have not done body work in a few years and am not finding my bondo spreaders. Yea!!! First dent of many to go. I only have 4 dings in the hood.
 
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I had to stop bodywork as when I went to move the truck it would not start. Ran a few test and determined starter went bad. Took it to Orielly and it started smoking on their machine. One less gremlin to rear its head.
 
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Starting on Passenger door. I have to find my kitty hair fiberglass to cover the weld where the mirrors were. 2 dents getting filled on door.

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This one I am not sure how I am going to work it out. May just have to fill it in with body filler. It is not deep. Just a very small ding, but getting it to form to the body will take a little effort from me.

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I actually had to put a 3rd stud in to get this dent pulled, Only 4 dents on hood.
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This is the biggest dent and it pulled out great.
 
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It’s been about 4 years since I have done bodywork but it is coming back to me. I did it part time for a second job at one time. Always liked doing bodywork just could not get family insurance at the time.

Got hood started and found another hail ding. Picture did not turn out. I will prime and wet sand with 320 grit on next go around.
 

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Here is my bike a Limited. Getting it back this weekend so should be getting back on the Ranger. My dog Molly has a whole 12 miles under her belt. Hoping she becomes my little riding partner.
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Picture of me on my wife’s Hertiage Truck is a winter and extra free time project. Getting bikes ready for the upcoming riding season has slowed the Ranger down. I about have bikes ready so should be getting after the Ranger a lot faster
 
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I need to replace the Carrier Bearing. There are two sizes. I ordered both from Orielly and hope to get it installed this weekend.
Orielly did not have Door Striker Bolts so got them coming in from Rockauto.
 
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I put fiberglass over the patch panels welds and the old mirror bolt holes. Slowly getting the bodywork started.

Heading out to start on my Carrier Bearing and U Joints. Things hopefully can keep moving on this build. .
 

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I have spent way more time then I care to admit getting the drive shaft out and carrier bearing removed. Bolts are just rusted and taking time not to break or strip one. Still I did have to cut one off. There are two different sizes for my year of truck. Not sure either one if these is correct.
 

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I still got something positive done. Replaced my door strikers. I could not get them at Orielly but got them at Rockauto. The bushings were missing and made a big difference on door closing. Well worth the $7 for each one.
 

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Literally I spent all weekend getting driveshaft out and disassembled. More on that later.
Some success and just temporary until I get truck painted. I used Velcro to quiet some rattles.
 

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While trying to press out my U-Joint, I broke the holder. I was able to find another holder at the bone yard. I fought this drive shaft all weekend long. Now drive shaft is at shop getting rebuilt. Will be a few days before I get it back.
 

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Wasn’t all bad. Going to the boneyard I found a better dash pad than mine. They have an 87 extended cab two wheel drive I want to go back and get more parts from.
I am still trying to learn how to re upholster vinyl dash pads. The material I have now does not stretch easily so I am researching that still some more.
 
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I can cut the Fuel door out if this bed for you if you want it. There is rust in the lower panel is the reason I decided to use this bed for patch panels.
I would absolutely love that. Maybe you can come cut up slightly past one of the body lines so I can line it up. Or maybe that's not a good idea, who knows, just a thought. Much appreciated. However, you know from this point of view that doesn't look too bad. I was actually considering buying a 1990 Ranger that somebody selling that has a utility body on the back, they say it's rusted out but the frame is fine. How much did it cost for you to get that replacement bed? And how hard was it to find that your style?
 

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I would absolutely love that. Maybe you can come cut up slightly past one of the body lines so I can line it up. Or maybe that's not a good idea, who knows, just a thought. Much appreciated. However, you know from this point of view that doesn't look too bad. I was actually considering buying a 1990 Ranger that somebody selling that has a utility body on the back, they say it's rusted out but the frame is fine. How much did it cost for you to get that replacement bed? And how hard was it to find that your style?
I will cut one out for you this weekend. The blue bed has a big hole where someone replaced the fuel pump. Probably the one I am going to use as a parts bed.
 

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