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Should I keep my ranger "original"

ekrampitzjr

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What killed those 1980s and older Toyota and other Japanese pickups is that the beds and then the bodies rusted out no matter what part of the country you were in. In southeastern Virginia salt isn't used that much, but those trucks still rusted. By 2000 I saw few older Toyotas around. They're long gone.

You think that Toyota was a rare find, try to find a Mazda pickup the same vintage in good condition.
 


Eddo Rogue

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skyjacker front leveling kit
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My credo
Crossed threads are tight threads.
i like the stock look but upgraded performance. a sleeper so you can go fast when you need to, either through the turns or light to light.

but, my ranger is still stock because its not broke down to change anything yet.
I decided to accept my truck is slow. The torque of the 4.0 OHV is nice, I can lug it like a diesel lol. But modern engines are too cheap and efficient to beat. I can dump a ton of money and work into getting 225hp, but nowadays 1000hp is what used to be 500hp, as in daily driver attainable. Its not even worth trying to compete. I might as well stick with 160hp of bulletproof reliable motion.
 

Eddo Rogue

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4WD
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skyjacker front leveling kit
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31-10.50R15
My credo
Crossed threads are tight threads.
What killed those 1980s and older Toyota and other Japanese pickups is that the beds and then the bodies rusted out no matter what part of the country you were in. In southeastern Virginia salt isn't used that much, but those trucks still rusted. By 2000 I saw few older Toyotas around. They're long gone.

You think that Toyota was a rare find, try to find a Mazda pickup the same vintage in good condition.
Im in SoCal, no such thing as rust, even coastal cities...well maybe some surface rust there. There are tons of older toyota pickups here, the problem is most are beat to hell landscaping trucks, and otherwise still not for sale. Nobody wants to pay $30-$100k for a new or newer used truck.
 

Lefty

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I decided to accept my truck is slow. The torque of the 4.0 OHV is nice, I can lug it like a diesel lol. But modern engines are too cheap and efficient to beat. I can dump a ton of money and work into getting 225hp, but nowadays 1000hp is what used to be 500hp, as in daily driver attainable. Its not even worth trying to compete. I might as well stick with 160hp of bulletproof reliable motion.
I'm with you. It doesn't need to be a hot rod,especially in these days of climate change.
 

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