- Feb 8, 2022
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- Saint Paul, MN
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- Make / Model
- Ranger Edge
Good to see another Ranger coming back to life.This is the car that I kept and always will keep... rare... not made anymore... took four years to restore.... It is really getting dated now and considered "an older restoration" and that description of being dated and somewhat worn out fits me too... Yesterday I put the first coat of paint on the 2004 Ranger.... and it took an hour and a half to get it done... traditionally, I have less than one hour of time into each application coat..... so that is my goal today.... concrete floors are starting to get to me a bit... Some of the rattle can paint I initially used, lifted in four spots so I had to sand those mistakes but the first coat seemed to go on well.... and the only "run" was one from one of the two primer coats that I simply did not see... and that will be my one concession today... sanding down that run before applying a second coat of enamel..... I forgot how demanding this work can be... but it has been a long winter of work.... something to do....
A friend has an older Ranger with plenty of body and fender issues. He's got a couple of dents and a bad case of rust which includes all lower panels, a door, and the roof. Virtually every panel needs work. I found an identical Ranger at a junk yard. it even was the same color. I suggested he could use it as a donor and bring his baby back around.
He dismissed the whole idea saying that those problems were "largely cosmetic." Maybe he's happy, but body and frame represent the biggest single part of an investment.
Keep up the good work. AND keep us posted.