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


pjtoledo

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swapped all the wheels between my '05 2wd and '00 4wd to isolate vibrations.
the result is the KO2s 30/9.5-15 now on the '05 2wd have a slight front shimmy, resonate vibrations
at 68-73 and mostly smooth at 80.
unfortunately the 2.3 manual definitely does not like those larger tires, have to hold the gears a lot longer and it's
struggling at 75+ to keep the speed up.
haven't taken the '00 with the problem tires out yet. they are Firestone Destination Le2 235/70-15.
they really collect small stones, maybe that's why I can't keep them balanced.
currently have 3-4 ounces of beads in them, I'm thinking that might be too much.
 


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i found a guy selling his hurst shifter assembly for a really decent price. i am thinking of making the 3 hour drive to pick it up tomorrow.

i was really looking for the fx4 lvl 2 shift lever but i can live with that, the hurst, or the core. i am not super particular and whichever came up for a good price first is the one i am going with, so it looks like hurst.

all i know for sure is i was not going to pay 3-500 dollars for any of the shifters. i don't care how rare the fx4 shifter is, i am not paying over 150 for just the arm.

this guy has the whole deal for 180 which is about 220 cheaper than anywhere else i have found.
 

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I got the E150 accidental buy running today. Runs great. I went through the manuals for the AC kit for the strangler to make sure I'm up on doing the install right. I didn't know the AC compressor needed to be set on it's pulley for a certain length of time to prevent the front seal from leaking refrigerant. Glad I read those destructions first.
 

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First time since Monday I worked on the '90 Ranger is tonight... got the last bit of welding on the passenger side radius arm done then bolted it up along with the radius arm mount for now, then unbolted the drivers side so I could weld it up and got some of the welding done there...

The radius arms look pretty good, I need to go to the hardware store soon and pick up some fine thread 1/2" bolts to bolt everything together... oh and some fresh paint, I'm about out of everything that I bought like 12 years ago :), so long ago that the primer cans all have the tubes fallen off but still hold pressure so I have to spray them upside down...

Might be able to get finished this weekend which would be nice, I have other projects to get moving on like putting a floor in the boat...
 

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Got the hurst shifter kit for 125. Even came with the hurst boot. Just no knob, unfortunately
 

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Got the hurst shifter kit for 125. Even came with the hurst boot. Just no knob, unfortunately
I'm not sure what kit you bought, but every time I install anything from Hurst they get renamed Hurts, because of the injuries to my wallet and my body from the install. :giggle:
 

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I got the kit for the m50r1 in my edge. Cheaper than the fx4 shift arm
 

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Tore the front apart to replace ball joints. Found bad spindle bearings and seals. So I have to wait a few days for those to show up.

Also started looking and measuring to design a bracket to hold a tablet for navigation. More on that tomorrow.
 

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So Wednesday evening I started pulling apart the gas tank in the Choptop. Tank was leaking and I bought a plastic one last year. Was just going to swap pumps but changed my mind when I saw what the old one looked like and just ordered new. Had to cut a bunch of bolts, which is sketchy next to a leaky tank. Whatever.

New pump and filter showed up Thursday morning. Threw the new tank together, finished dropping my old tank, got the new one in, swapped the filter, dumped a few gallons in and took it for a ride. Runs better than ever, guess the old pump was on its way out. Had it out again today and it got a full tank. Weird to have a gas gauge that works in it for the first time in like 15 years. The brass float pinholed and sank. I fixed it once and it was only a couple years before it happened again.

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Front suspension mostly disassembled for ball joint replacement. Lower control arms & torsion bars removed, and those assemblies disassembled. Will swap joints out on the shop press and reinstall tomorrow along with some other goodies. Probably could have had the joints done today ready for reinstall, but I forgot to rent the balljoint kit while I was at the store the first time. Oh well, good excuse to go back and visit the counter girl.

Also picked up some more parts for the engine rebuild. Now have waterpump, oil pump and head bolts. Need to find out from porter what gaskets he's matching to, and still waiting to hear from machine shop about the bottom end. Also got notice this early this morning that the first package of top end parts has shipped. That would include camshaft thankfully, so I'll be ready to start assembling the bottom end once I get it back.
 

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After the power came back on about 7:30 (a tractor sheared a power pole off a few miles away at about 5pm) I took the camper off the F350 and got it emptied out some since my brother needs to borrow it and the big trailer to move some hay he baled to a customer of his...

Then I finished welding up the drivers side radius arm for the '90 then moved to the pivot bracket, those brackets are kinda abstract which is annoying to figure out but I have it figured out now... I need to make a few filler pieces for it and do some more welding but progress is made, looking good for being able to finish this weekend! I have a plan for the trans crossmember, don't think it'll be too bad but we'll see...

I have some pictures on the phone but not in the mood to transfer them to the puter tonight, we'll see about tomorrow night...
 

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I'm in the middle of rewiring the radios in the 2011. This involves removing the multiple power leads to the battery and running one larger one back to a fused power block that will be in the back of the cab. The wire routing is a bit more professional and neat than before and the in line fuses that came with the radios will still be there.

While the CB and the quadband radio were fine, as is, the GMRS radio was still using the cigarette lighter style power outlet and was picking up a lot of system noise from truck. Something that has been a known issue with Fords in general, though the 2019 SEEMS to be much better in that regard. So, Ford may have finally took steps to address the problems.

You should have seen the filter I had to make for the fuel pump to eliminate the RF it was generating!

In any case, this should eliminate, or at least greatly reduce, the RF noise issues, make the install cleaner, and leave room for expansion when I go to install a moble DMR radio and low band HF radio in the truck. The power block will also make the installation of those radios easier when the time comes.
 

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Got the tablet mount fabricated. I'll pull it out and paint it after I've used it some. It might need some modifications. I always seem to come up with "I should have..." more pictures in my build thread.
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Today I'm looking at my truck and doing this... :flipoff:

Issue after issue. All minor, but still aggravating. Start out the day continuing on lower ball joints. Got the only ones pressed out, then discover press too doesn't fit the new joints. These joints have a smaller diameter shoulder than old ones and feels like I'll rip the boot if I try to remove it. Got one installed, but boot tore on the other. There's $30 down the drain. I'd intentionally bought cheap joints because I half expect to kill them quick with extreme angles, but then I had to buy another locally. Fortunately that one better fit the install tools and got it back in.

FF to upper control arms. In addition to replacing the joints, I'm going to be flipping the arms to hopefully correct the joint angle a little. Well the arm won't come out because the bolts won't clear the shock tower and header on passenger side.
 

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Update from previous. Got another ball joint from Advance, really would have rather hit up O'Reilly, but the cute counter girl wasn't working today, so hard to justify going out of the weay and spending more. This one fit the rental tool properly and went right on in. Got bottom half of the front suspension reassembled and an initial pre-set for new ride height.

Moved onto upper arms where I hit another obstacle of my own making. Unfortunately this one won't be overcome for a couple of months. Turns out that doing the V8 swap with OBX headers made the passenger side upper control arm bolts non removable. Might not be an issue for stock bolts, and wouldn;t be an issue for a lot of camber adjuster bolts. The camber adjuster bolts I have had the washer under the head pressed on and it hits the chock tower and header before clearing the control arm. Since I have arms with replaceable joints it wouldn't be much of an issue, except that part of the goal for upper control arms was to flip and swap side-to-side them for better ball joint angles. Might not work but 2wd lowering guys do it successfully, so worth a shot IMO. Kind of need to be able to pull it off the frame for that.

So slapped everything back together and will retackle the uppers in a month or two when the new engine goes in. Did get the truck closer to how I want it sitting, but some more tweaking will be needed. Haven't moved the truck since coming off jackstands, but it's about 16" from center wheel to top of arch. I need to roll it around and see where its sitting, but I was aiming for 16.5", so probably need to go back up a bit. Also not sure I'm going to be able to get camber good enough, so may endup having to go back up a little until some custom parts are available.
 

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