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What did you do to your Ranger today? (Part Deux!)


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Used the 98's tailgate to hold some tools over the weekend while I changed the struts on the front of the wife's Sienna. Passenger side started leaking oil with only a little over 285k on the OE one's. Cheap Toyota crap... :rolleyes:
 


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It was a dirty dirty little cough cough but I rectified that situation:


Gave it a bath... again. The dash rug makes it look really dirty still through the wind shield. Kid and I gave it a quick once over with Turtle wax Ice polish. I need to get some wax next time I hit a store because I must have ran out because I can seem to find any at home. It is way over due for a waxing.
 

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It was a dirty dirty little cough cough but I rectified that situation:


Gave it a bath... again. The dash rug makes it look really dirty still through the wind shield. Kid and I gave it a quick once over with Turtle wax Ice polish. I need to get some wax next time I hit a store because I must have ran out because I can seem to find any at home. It is way over due for a waxing.
I was gonna order one of those dash covers but I wasn't sure if it would look good. My dash was faded but uncracked when I put it in. But look at it now.
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I was thinking about pulling it out and body filling those cracks in and sanding the entire top. Then repainting it black.
Try and stick with a two tone red and black.
 

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Mine would look a lot better if they didn't use a pic of a grey cover for a tan one but... I used the little Velcro dots to hold the edges down on the passenger side to make it form fitting and haven't had an issue yet in 3 years. Here is what the passenger side looks like. Darn tan on grey thing... https://www.therangerstation.com/forums/index.php?media/20180609_185919-jpg.81/

There was a show from Power Nation or Power Block that covered how to fix a cracked dash that you may want to look up to give you ideas on how to fix the cracks. I have often considered the vacuum formed plastic covers, comes in all factory colors, but I wanted a quick cheap solution now and the vacuum formed run around $150 vs. $30-$40 I paid. Just more food for thought.
 

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Mine would look a lot better if they didn't use a pic of a grey cover for a tan one but... I used the little Velcro dots to hold the edges down on the passenger side to make it form fitting and haven't had an issue yet in 3 years. Here is what the passenger side looks like. Darn tan on grey thing... https://www.therangerstation.com/forums/index.php?media/20180609_185919-jpg.81/

There was a show from Power Nation or Power Block that covered how to fix a cracked dash that you may want to look up to give you ideas on how to fix the cracks. I have often considered the vacuum formed plastic covers, comes in all factory colors, but I wanted a quick cheap solution now and the vacuum formed run around $150 vs. $30-$40 I paid. Just more food for thought.
Ill have to look into some options. Im just not a fan of that....
 

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Cool score today - Picked up a set of Strange rear brakes with barely half a season's use although it was a long time ago. A buddy said he owed me a favor for helping him build a car trailer a few years back so he donated them to the cause. He had upgraded from an 8.8 to a Fab 9 and the 8.8 parts had been gathering dust under his bench for a few years. BTW I already got the spool off him 2 years ago for two truck tires I didn't need.
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The grease able leaf spring bolts came in. This may be my project for the weekend.

Can you measure the shank diameter and the length of the smooth portion of the shank under the bolt head please?
I just bought greasable bolts for my trailer suspension and they may be the same size. I paid about C$6.00 each bolt.
 

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Can you measure the shank diameter and the length of the smooth portion of the shank under the bolt head please?
I just bought greasable bolts for my trailer suspension and they may be the same size. I paid about C$6.00 each bolt.
The front spring bolts are 5/8"X4.5". The rear bolts are 9/16"X4.5". The lower bolts that connect the shackle to the spring had to be cut down about 1/2" to clear the frame and tow hitch. The upper bolt that connects the shackle to the hanger didn't need modification and I was able to use the factory nut with the locking arm welded to them so you didn't need a crows foot to hold the nut in place.

EDIT: The bolts are installed but if memory serves, the original bolts I installed when doing the spring replacement have the same shank length. If I remember, I'll get a shank measurement off them.
 
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The original discussion has disappeared. IDK.

We need some positive news. What did you do to your Ranger taday?
You're just starting on a very cool journey with that truck. Good luck!
Monday was a busy day. I got the tailgate I needed, and sliding glass for my rear window. I have no idea how to get those glass pieces into the frame. Any advice on this will be greatly appreciated...
The right 1989 tailgate has been taken apart, (brushed chrome insert removed,) sanded, and primed for the Duplicolor paint, which I hope to apply "tomorrow," (actually, later today.) My phone data port decided to malfunction, so uploading the pictures of progress on this Job will have to wait until after I finally get some sleep.

Bonus: One of my nephews stopped by unexpectedly Sunday night while on a cross-country tour. He's already been all the way to the West Coast, and is backtracking through my state, on his way to the East Coast. I haven't seen him near enough in the last ten years, and he's become a very nice young man. He immediately volunteered to run to the salvage yard with me today, and we had a wonderful time 'shopping' for truck parts and talking, while prepping my new tailgate for installation.

Bottom Line: Getting the deal of a lifetime on a truck in such pristine condition is amazing.
Getting to reconnect with my nephew (who also happens be my namesake) while working on it-- priceless!

As predicted, the journey just got cooler...
 

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Saturday I led a gaggle of classic/special interest vehicles for a leg of a car cruise. I put 85 miles on my truck, it was hot (95*) but it was a lot of fun. I think they said there were around 75-80 of us.

 

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Can you measure the shank diameter and the length of the smooth portion of the shank under the bolt head please?
I just bought greasable bolts for my trailer suspension and they may be the same size. I paid about C$6.00 each bolt.
I got the shank measurements for you. The front factory bolt was 3”. The replacement 2 7/8”. The rear replacement bolt is 2 15/16”. No idea what the factory bolt are since they were cut and the shank is still stuck in the old leaf springs and shackles.
 

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Thanks. Going to go measure the trailer bolts right now.
 

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Changed out the seat backrest because it was killing my back. Was walking all hunched over. I have a deal with petroleumjunky for a new set. Just gotta get the time to run out and meet him.
 

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I got the shank measurements for you. The front factory bolt was 3”. The replacement 2 7/8”. The rear replacement bolt is 2 15/16”. No idea what the factory bolt are since they were cut and the shank is still stuck in the old leaf springs and shackles.
My stock bolts were grade 9.8 which is between grade 5 and grade 8. Drilling a hole thru the center won't make them any stronger... so I erred on the side of caution and went with the grade 8 ones. Which are not cheap. Grade 5 is much cheaper but weaker to start with before they drill a hole thru them.
 


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