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

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Managed to work a little on the green Ranger. Mom’s Explorer went in for inspection today and it failed with a laundry list so unfortunately I’m going to have to take care of that. One tire worn out, needs front rotors and pads, rear suspension bushing, one rear tie rod. Pads and tie rod are warranty and I have a good tire to throw on. Bushing will probably be the hardest part to deal with.

But anyway, back to the green Ranger. I decided to give the valves a quick spin with some grinding compound before cleaning the head and putting it back together. For the most part, so far the intake valves are pretty, but the exhaust valves are pitted up. They aren’t cleaning up as well as I’d like, but they should do alright, it was more of a well, since it’s apart… lol. Unfortunately one intake valve looks questionable. It has a chunk missing that looks like it was probably there from the factory and it’s not making good contact with the seat. Slides good though, no binding or play. Not sure if I should give it a good grind and send it or just replace it.
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If you replace one valve, rule of thumb says replace them all. Same with lifters, valve springs, etc. Don't replace just one. Call it the "Lay's potato chip" rule.
 

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If you replace one valve, rule of thumb says replace them all. Same with lifters, valve springs, etc. Don't replace just one. Call it the "Lay's potato chip" rule.
On one hand I fully agree. On the other hand, I need this motor back together and running. It only has to run long enough for me to build a motor specifically for this truck. Which will hopefully happen this winter. I’d like it to last longer than that, but once I have what I want built, it’s less of a concern. Right now budget and time are tight.
 

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My thoughts: well if your *going* to have a valve that may leak a bit , better to be a exhaust than a intake. Since its a “for now” Id say use what you have on hand of the best parts. If it was a more “permanent “ engine it would be a different story.
 

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My thoughts: well if your *going* to have a valve that may leak a bit , better to be a exhaust than a intake. Since its a “for now” Id say use what you have on hand of the best parts. If it was a more “permanent “ engine it would be a different story.
Nothing is so permanent as the item that is continually and frequently labeled "temporary".
 

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Nothing is so permanent as the item that is continually and frequently labeled "temporary".
There is this… and knowing my luck it will be temporarily permanent
 

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I take a couple bolts that will be the same as the bell housing bolts, cut the heads off and saw a screwdriver slot on the end, finger start them in the engine. Do it yourself alignment pins. If you want another set of hands/eyes I could head your way friday & help out. Let me know.

thanks for the offer. I'm taking my time and should be OK. I had this tranny out 10 years ago for a clutch job.
I do use guide bolts, have 2 that are long enough to engage the bell housing before it lines up with the clutch.
the temperature was 99 here today, the basement is only 67 so guess where I was?
today I fabricated a transmission holder that mounts to my floor jack, did that last time too.

while under the truck I can pump the jack with my leg, manipulate the tranny as needed, and work the chain to raise or lower the back of the engine as needed.
( no pics allowed ) :icon_surprised:
 

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Somewhere around 6-7 years ago I threw an engine together for my '90 in the winter in about 6 square feet of my garage with the best of the leftover parts I had, bought some new bearings and rings and seals and such but mixmatched pistons, ball honed the block with top ridges still there... It's still there, runs decent, leaks oil several places, fixed most of them, even pulled the head a few years ago and head it rebuilt trying to fix things but I think it's the oil galley plugs in the bellhousing area... I'm hoping to throw together another engine this winter to hopefully be sealed up, I have a N/A block to use to start with this time so hopefully the bores will be in better shape...

Basically what I'm getting at is the same temporarily permanent deal mentioned above... blew the engine in like October, sat for months, got it running in February for my trip in April that year...
 

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So… worked a little on mom’s Explorer. Needs front brakes, a rear bushing and rear tie rod.

All work on the trucks has to stop for a bit though. I now have a garage to try and figure out how to disassemble and move to my property. Anyone want to come help? It was a deal too good to pass up (free) and I just got word tonight that it’s mine. Gonna take a bit before I’m ready to put it up on my property, but this is gonna be a huge help once it’s up.
 

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