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


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Got two new rotors, two bearing seals, 4 wheel bearings, and a needle bearing for the driver side spindle just in case from Rock Auto. All bearings and seals are Timken, rotors are bendix

Now comes the take it apart to see if the spindle is shot. I hope not, but it looks like bronco graveyard sells new aftermarket spindles for $110. Saw another after market for $370 bucks. No clue why it is so high..

Anyone have any thoughts as to whether or not the aftermarket spindles are any good?

AJ
 

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Green Ranger got driven a little yesterday and shown off to friends.

Other than that it was working on cleaning up things around here to prepare for the repairs to the dump truck
 

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Wheeled mine like I haven't in almost a decade, in the process I learned I'd like to add a skidplate for the front diff. Also learned my already oversized and properly torqued ubolts along with upgraded plates weren't enough to keep my overloads from rotating out from under the pack, so upsized them one more size and tightened them more, which seems to have fixed the problem. I'm a few days behind in posting but haven't done anything of merit since then, other than drive to and from work.
 

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well got my 2000 ranger back from the shop and no more antifreeze in the oil. the intake was the culprit they also pulled the timing cover which was badly corroded so that got replaced and I had them put in a new timing chain kit while they were in there. runs like a top now.
 

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Green Ranger went for a spin today, had to run out for gas for the tractor, lol. Not much is likely to happen to any of the trucks other than use them for the next few days. Property cleanup weekend is about to happen.
 

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While rotating tires, I cleaned them and doused them with (Aerospace) 303, then painted the Raised White Letters.

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I used to use Turtle Waxes "Endura-Shine on the rubber 'til it was discontinued. Thin as printers ink and messy to work with, but it gave the tires a deep matte black finish that lasted 3-4 months. Turtle Wax made a vinyl trim dye, also discontinued. The front bumper on this truck was last treated with it 2 years ago, still black and shiny.
I just ordered a similar dye, "Forever Black", and I'll check that out to see if it's as good as the TW. There's another one, "That Black Stuff", but it's twice the price.

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While rotating tires, I cleaned them and doused them with (Aerospace) 303, then painted the Raised White Letters.

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I used to use Turtle Waxes "Endura-Shine on the rubber 'til it was discontinued. Thin as printers ink and messy to work with, but it gave the tires a deep matte black finish that lasted 3-4 months. Turtle Wax made a vinyl trim dye, also discontinued. The front bumper on this truck was last treated with it 2 years ago, still black and shiny.
I just ordered a similar dye, "Forever Black", and I'll check that out to see if it's as good as the TW. There's another one, "That Black Stuff", but it's twice the price.

-Jazzer
I’ve been very happy with “forever black,” easy to use, easy to clean off anything that’s not supposed to have it, and seems to last forever. And no silicone, so it doesn’t fade and turn gray and yucky. Only lesson I learned the hard way after two or three times was to always wear vinyl gloves cuz it sticks to skin as well as it does to rubber/vinyl!
 
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Yeah, Rick, that’s how the TW was. I’d use a 1” square velour staining pad to apply, and had a wet paper towel handy for drips. Glad to know the FB is good, thanks!

-Jazzer
 

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Anyone know if the transmission cross member location is the same between different engines and transmissions on the 98-01 trucks? I'm trying to get everything ready for a manual conversion when I do the Kubota swap. I'd like one of those cross members that doesn't hang so low. I want to put the manual transmission in the factory place so the shifter is in the OE location. Going from 2.5 with 4R44E to a V2203T with a M5ODR1. I think I have everything figured out and planned out. Should be getting the engine next week, if all goes well.
 

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Spending a raining Saturday inside temporarily fixing my dash panel all tabs are broken now
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Not expecting miracles, just need to last til I replace my dash
 

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Spending a raining Saturday inside temporarily fixing my dash panel all tabs are broken now
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Not expecting miracles, just need to last til I replace my dash
Do you know the baking soda and superglue plastic fix? YouTube search it. If you have the pieces, you can put them all back together, and it will be stronger than the original. And you can whittle it down with a Roto tool if you use too much.

Also, if there are any cracks in your dashboard: I use the Roto tool to take all of the extra vinyl edge off and all of the oxidized foam out, so there was a clean hole, noting rotten or sticking up. Then I filled it in with a hot glue gun. You just have to go slow and make sure it’s sticking to the base. Then, basically, you can overfill it, let it harden, and then you can sand it down flat, and then you can paint it. I did it on my 87, two pretty big, deep, grooves, and it came out like new, literally. I always joke, but I’m dead serious, I painted it with semi gloss black Rustoleum with a nappy roller, so it had a texture, and you couldn’t even see what I did the repairs. A year later, one little tiny, crack has reappeared, not worth fixing yet.

Edit afterthought: even if you don’t have all the pieces, dig in your scrap pile for something that you can carve into the right thing, right shape, and stick it on the same way.
 

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On that I would go to a hobby shop that deals with model trains and get a jar of "plastruct bondene" or whatever Plastruct that they have, it's in a little glass bottle with a black cap that is brush in cap, it's basically MEK or some other bad stinky stuff (their bondene and plastic weld are different stuff, one's MEK and the other is something else...), if you have ABS or PVC it melts the plastic and makes it as strong as it was from the factory... I've had mixed results on vehicle stuff but it's worth a shot to try since it won't work after you try superglue or anything else...

Last night and this morning I made a load of blackberry vines and some trimmings from the walnut tree in the yard so I could get the tractor under it to harrow some before we put some grass seed down for the rain that's coming later today, moved that to the burn pile in the '97 Ranger then went to town for some diesel for the tractor and a new pole saw from Harbor Freight...
 

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