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Project #11 - new daily driver '94 Ranger


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6" Skyjacker, with 1.5" coil spacers, custom radius arms, custom traction bars
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Your ranger is turning into a good looking truck. I like the progress that has been done.
 


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Your ranger is turning into a good looking truck. I like the progress that has been done.
Thanks, just wait till I get a 5 speed, manual t-case, 3.73's or 4.10's, about a 3" lift, 31's, different wheels, headache rack with some lights & a tool box... My wallet is already hurting lol
 

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I like that..sorta a twin to plumcrazy's truck minus all the dents.
 

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I'm moving some tires around - if you follow my other builds, you may recognize these, so just a hint that there will be a small surprise coming next week.

This truck needed tires pretty bad, the rears were at about 15% and the fronts were better but weather checked enough that I don't want to run them on a daily driver. I was a bit nervous about how 31's and 3.27 gears would interact but it's actually not terrible. Probably just speed up my 3.73 swap a bit. 31's were the ultimate goal on this truck and these tires are pretty old so I figured I'd burn them off rather than buying a new set.

While I was swapping tires last night, I found some slop in the wheel bearings. The previous owner told me (in the same sentence) "I just redid the front brakes" and "I'm not mechanical at all but I can handle that." So I immediately assumed that it was not done right and of course I was correct, the nut was quite loose on both sides. Since my 2 door Explorer is being disassembled I decided that I needed to swap in manual hubs and that made for a handy donor. I'll need to go back and clean out the bearings & repack them with fresh grease - it was obviously mixed with old dirty stuff too - that can wait.

I also bought a Raptor Liner kit so sometime this summer I'll be doing that.

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Since I can't leave things alone...

3.27 gears in this truck were a real bummer. I had a good pair of axles with 3.73's from a '94 B4000 that I crushed recently so yesterday I swapped both in. Finished at about midnight. Would have been done a lot earlier but my spare wheel cylinders were wrong, had to rebuild those, and the driver's side front beam was just totally crusted in grease so way more cleaning than expected was required.

Drove it to work today and can tell it is MUCH happier. I was not really able to use overdrive on the highway before, it was always shifting down into 3rd at highway speeds. Now it's pretty happy at 70mph in OD.

My driver's side wheel bearing is very unhappy though. I will need to tear into that tonight. Not sure what's going on there, my exhaustion may have affected my assembly process?

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Not sure what the wheel bearing noise I thought I heard was. Maybe just tires/road noise and extra paranoia on my part. I tore both sides down, cleaned everything, repacked the bearings. The passenger side bearings show evidence of getting a bit warm but I’m gonna run em.

More annoying is the drivers side rear drum is getting hot. I noticed a smell when I got out of it at work this morning. The wheel was warm, other side was not. It got warm on the way home too so I took it apart and nothing seemed out of whack. I did not use the original star wheel adjuster so I swapped that out with the one I had in before, drove it about 10 miles and it got hot again. Ugh.

IR temp gun said that drum was 170 degrees and the passenger side one was about 80.

I cleaned up my original wheel cylinder and put that in instead of the spare I had rebuilt. The spare was pretty crusty but I thought I had honed it out well enough, maybe not and it was sticking. Grasping at straws here. I’ll drive it tomorrow and see. Collapsed soft line or something not very obvious is all I can think of, hopefully it was just a dud wheel cylinder rebuild.
 

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Think it's fixed and I'm back on the road. I posted another thread about the brake issue and it ultimately had to be one of three things - small groove in the backing plate wear pad, a drum that was out of round (had it turned, can't confirm) or lack of grease where the shoes rub against the backing plate.

I also found a leaking wheel seal so I replaced both of those and the wheel bearings. I think one was starting to fail anyway, there were little gouges on the shaft from the bearing rollers, kinda weird. All is good now and I suppose it didn't hurt to have the cover off & inspect everything plus change the oil, I highly doubt that was ever done in the past and the donor truck had 188k on it.
 

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