• Welcome Visitor! Please take a few seconds and Register for our forum. Even if you don't want to post, you can still 'Like' and react to posts.

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

lil_Blue_Ford

Well-Known Member
Forum Moderator
V8 Engine Swap
TRS 20th Anniversary
TRS Event Participant
Joined
Aug 6, 2007
Messages
6,539
Reaction score
2,882
Points
113
Location
Butler, PA, USSA
Vehicle Year
95
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
4.9L
Transmission
Manual
Got some more parts. Winch stuff is for my winch, clutch disks and diff cover are for the green Ranger. Not pictured is some rust encapsulator paint too.

7A9C4754-738F-4C4B-9FDA-3ADCEB3A0673.jpeg
 


Ranger850

Banned... except Florida... and here soon
Supporting Member
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Jan 24, 2018
Messages
7,798
Reaction score
4,116
Points
113
Location
Tallahassee Florida
Vehicle Year
2001
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
Born with a 3.0, looking for a donor V8
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Total Lift
Stock 2"
Tire Size
Stock
My credo
Doing things wrong, until I get it right.
Fun Fact : When your band saw blade gets gunk'd up with aluminum, cutting a piece of steel will clean the aluminum out of the blade
 

sgtsandman

Aircraft Fuel Tank Diver
Forum Moderator
Supporting Member
U.S. Military - Active
TRS 20th Anniversary
TRS Event Participant
Ham Radio Operator
GMRS Radio License
Joined
Mar 11, 2017
Messages
9,312
Reaction score
7,332
Points
113
Location
Aliquippa, PA
Vehicle Year
2011
Make / Model
Ford Ranger XLT
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Engine Size
4.0 SOHC
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
Pre-2008 lift
Tire Size
31X10.5R15
I would rather cut it by hand with a hack saw, aluminum cuts easily enough. I also have a jig saw with metal cutting blades I use for thicker AL.
This is the method I prefer. Aluminum has been problematic for me when it came to power tools. With it being so soft, using a hand tool isn’t that much of a bother.
 

Blmpkn

Toilet enthusiast
Supporting Member
Joined
Feb 15, 2020
Messages
3,690
Reaction score
3,447
Points
113
Location
Southern maine
Vehicle Year
2021
Make / Model
Ford ranger
Engine Type
2.3 EcoBoost
Engine Size
2.3
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
2.5" level
Tire Size
275/65/18
My credo
Its probably better to be self deprecating than self defecating.
20220808_153843.jpg


Got my crossbars on. Go get the canoe this weekend hopefully!

Perhaps Friday I'll order a stubby antenna to replace the stock one, as it sticks above the rack a few inches.

Apparently reception isn't as great with the stubbys.. but as a pandora listener I'm not concerned.
 
Last edited:

alwaysFlOoReD

Forum Staff Member
Forum Moderator
TRS Banner 2012-2015
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Apr 13, 2009
Messages
12,460
Reaction score
3,441
Points
113
Location
Calgary, Canada
Vehicle Year
'91, '80, '06
Make / Model
Ford, GMC,Dodge
Engine Size
4.0,4.0,5.7
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
You cut down the supports? You will have a problem loading the canoe... you will probably end up adding some 2x4 to the front bar so the canoe tip clears the roof.
 

Fast Eddie

Well-Known Member
U.S. Military - Veteran
Joined
Oct 22, 2020
Messages
1,545
Reaction score
2,444
Points
113
Location
On The Road
Vehicle Year
2004
Make / Model
Ranger Edge
Engine Type
3.0 V6
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Total Lift
2x4 on 4x4 Factory Chassis
Tire Size
235/75/15
You cut down the supports? You will have a problem loading the canoe... you will probably end up adding some 2x4 to the front bar so the canoe tip clears the roof.
He could shorten the rear so the nose tips up?
@Blmpkn
 

Blmpkn

Toilet enthusiast
Supporting Member
Joined
Feb 15, 2020
Messages
3,690
Reaction score
3,447
Points
113
Location
Southern maine
Vehicle Year
2021
Make / Model
Ford ranger
Engine Type
2.3 EcoBoost
Engine Size
2.3
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
2.5" level
Tire Size
275/65/18
My credo
Its probably better to be self deprecating than self defecating.
The canoe doesn't have a super big 'ramp' to it from the center out to the tips like some do so I don't think I'll have much issue loading it.. but yeah either a 2x4 or lowering the back a bit would be fine with me if need be, we'll see what happens.

I couldn't NOT cut those uprights down though honestly. The crossbars were so damn high right out of the box it just looked terrible.
 

Uncle Gump

Forum Staff Member
Forum Moderator
Supporting Member
TRS Event Participant
Joined
Sep 17, 2018
Messages
11,150
Reaction score
9,042
Points
113
Location
Ottawa IL
Vehicle Year
2006/1986
Make / Model
Ranger/BroncoII
Engine Size
4.0L SOHC/2.9L
2WD / 4WD
4WD
My credo
Lead, Follow or get out of my way
I've often thought a custom canvas made to drape over one of those bed racks would be cool for a camping set up.
 

Roert42

Well-Known Member
RBV's on Boost
Joined
Apr 24, 2020
Messages
3,587
Reaction score
3,125
Points
113
Location
Kintersville, PA
Vehicle Year
2011
Make / Model
Ranger XLT
Engine Size
4.0 SOHC
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
2WD
I've often thought a custom canvas made to drape over one of those bed racks would be cool for a camping set up.
Like a soft topper?

The only downside of those is you can’t put anything ontop because they are designed to fold up.

Cool idea I seen was to design a rack to fit over the softtopper.
1660005018457.jpeg
 

Ranger850

Banned... except Florida... and here soon
Supporting Member
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Jan 24, 2018
Messages
7,798
Reaction score
4,116
Points
113
Location
Tallahassee Florida
Vehicle Year
2001
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
Born with a 3.0, looking for a donor V8
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Total Lift
Stock 2"
Tire Size
Stock
My credo
Doing things wrong, until I get it right.
My dad pulled the intake and heads of of my blown 3.0 yesterday. Rear piston on DS was disintegrated. I knew it was toast, but dad thought he would "take a look see" I'll get a few pics when the weather eases up. It's been raining every afternoon from 3-6 almost everyday for a week now. Dad has WAY more free time than I do, so he's going to try to get some of my projects moved along. Starting with the Ranger.
 

superj

Well-Known Member
U.S. Military - Veteran
Joined
Oct 1, 2021
Messages
1,918
Reaction score
1,330
Points
113
Location
corpus christi, texas
Vehicle Year
2004
Make / Model
ranger edge
Engine Type
3.0 V6
Engine Size
3 liters of tire smoking power
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Total Lift
none
Total Drop
none
Tire Size
235s
My credo
Grew up in the 70s, 80s, and 90s
The canoe doesn't have a super big 'ramp' to it from the center out to the tips like some do so I don't think I'll have much issue loading it.. but yeah either a 2x4 or lowering the back a bit would be fine with me if need be, we'll see what happens.

I couldn't NOT cut those uprights down though honestly. The crossbars were so damn high right out of the box it just looked terrible.
a utility rack is supposed to be a decent amount taller than the cab though. i think everyone is accustomed to seeing those new style racks people put in for holding water cans or fuel cans and hi-lift jacks so they think the true utility racks are to tall. without the lead bars on the rack to support the front of whatever item though, stuff will bounce off the top of the cab with lower racks.

i think you are right on the canoe though. i don't think it will flex and hit your truck with how canoes are designed
 

ericbphoto

Overlander in development
Forum Moderator
Supporting Member
U.S. Military - Veteran
TRS 20th Anniversary
TRS Event Participant
GMRS Radio License
Joined
Feb 7, 2016
Messages
12,196
Reaction score
10,363
Points
113
Age
58
Location
Wellford, SC
Vehicle Year
1993
Make / Model
Ford Ranger
Engine Type
3.0 V6
Engine Size
3.0L
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
6"
Tire Size
35"
My credo
In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are different.
i think you are right on the canoe though. i don't think it will flex and hit your truck with how canoes are designed
On rough terrain, there will be frame flexing. So the cab will move independently from the bed/rack and that could cause things on a low rack to hit the cab roof.
 

Blmpkn

Toilet enthusiast
Supporting Member
Joined
Feb 15, 2020
Messages
3,690
Reaction score
3,447
Points
113
Location
Southern maine
Vehicle Year
2021
Make / Model
Ford ranger
Engine Type
2.3 EcoBoost
Engine Size
2.3
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
2.5" level
Tire Size
275/65/18
My credo
Its probably better to be self deprecating than self defecating.
If my bed was long enough to sleep in I'd be all over a setup like this
Like a soft topper?

The only downside of those is you can’t put anything ontop because they are designed to fold up.

Cool idea I seen was to design a rack to fit over the softtopper. View attachment 80502
 

85_Ranger4x4

Forum Staff Member
Forum Moderator
Article Contributor
V8 Engine Swap
OTOTM Winner
TRS Banner 2010-2011
TRS 20th Anniversary
TRS Event Participant
Joined
Aug 7, 2007
Messages
30,281
Reaction score
14,088
Points
113
Location
SW Iowa
Vehicle Year
1985
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
V8
Engine Size
5.0
Transmission
Manual
Got the A/C working! :yahoo:

Went to put my new gmrs in it. :woot:

And discovered the heater core is now leaking. :bawling:
 

ericbphoto

Overlander in development
Forum Moderator
Supporting Member
U.S. Military - Veteran
TRS 20th Anniversary
TRS Event Participant
GMRS Radio License
Joined
Feb 7, 2016
Messages
12,196
Reaction score
10,363
Points
113
Age
58
Location
Wellford, SC
Vehicle Year
1993
Make / Model
Ford Ranger
Engine Type
3.0 V6
Engine Size
3.0L
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
6"
Tire Size
35"
My credo
In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are different.
Installed my breather manifold. Got the rear diff and transfer case connected. I thought the transmission would have a vent tube. But didn't find one. So I ran a hose to the front diff and got that connected. Not easy to get pictures where I mounted it between the bed and cab.

20220809_203137.jpg


20220809_203120.jpg


Also made some progress on my new spare tire carrier. It's going to swing out and down to ground level. Wait til Friday for a better idea of how it's going to work. I should get a lot more done then and it will be easier to see the concept. The arm on the right pivots at 45 degrees on the bumper. The tire will be mounted to a plate welded to the left arm, which pivots at the top of the right arm. I anticipate 3 bolts to lock it in place in the stowed position.
20220809_163108.jpg


20220809_163122.jpg


20220809_163133.jpg
 

Sponsored Ad


Sponsored Ad

Top