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I've been a member here for only a short while, but I've noticed that many of us are driving old trucks, namely Rangers made before 2012. A few of us may also own a Mazda or a Bronco II. We drive them because we love them. All well and good. They're practical, cheap, and sized like a true mini truck. They're easy to work on, and even fun to drive.

I have also noticed that there are different types of owners here. We tend to treat them in different ways that are well worth the mention. One is the crowd wo works them hard. Their trucks are pretty much the rusty, but trusty type. They may be scratched and dented, missing a part or two, but so what. These are no beauty queens. They've never been waxed or groomed. They do the job: haul tools and 2x4s, sod and bricks and gravel. They may even come with a winch. I'm not too sure but if I were to guess. The majority of us are the rusty but trusty rough and ready types. Maybe if anything they modify for towing, or remove the bed entirely to make it totally flat.

There is, however, another crowd who know all too well that these are the last of a breed. They know their trucks are getting long in the tooth, all too rapidly becoming relics of the past. These are the members who care to restore, preserve and protect, who do their best to keep their dearly beloveds from looking old, even work hard to make them look brand new. They replace, repaint, wax and re-wax. Who knows? By now they may have swapped an engine or two.

Then again there are plenty of creative types, guys who see stock as a starting point, who like to improve, modify and customize. The changes they make run the gambit, anything and everything from mild to wild. For the most part they can be divided in two different ways. One is ride height. Some love big wheels and tires. They lift their truck bodies probably for off road. They might add any number of options such as off road lighting, winces, tow hooks, brush guards, custom bumpers, and the like.

Some, however, drop them, get them low to the ground to improve their handling on the road or even the track. They might even go total truxarosa. making theirs a total racing machine. They like speed too, maybe a different engine, maybe a supercharger, loud pipes, a bed cover, maybe even a custom paint job.

Of course, there are many other possible combinations. Rangers are often as individuated as their owners. How about you? Please reply and post a picture or two.
 


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How dare you! I refuse to fit into your definitions!

I guess I'm owner type fluid.

For the Rangers. I've done mild lift with my '99 4wd, but mostly kept it stock for years. Now it's getting an engine swap and possibly lowered slightly. My '84 2wd was not stock, but nost of that was done by my dad back in the 80s to make it more reliable. Was getting ready to lower it slightly before I totaled it. The 85 is hopefully going to get a 2.3 turbo and lowered like the '84 was. Seems like mostly lowering, but I've also got my gears turning on if & how to turn an '86 cab and a bunch of parts into an offroad toy.

Moving away from the Rangers. My F-100 was modified before I got it. It's going to stay that way but preserve/maintain and upgrade. It's got a 2" body lift, which I'm eventually going to replace with a suspension lift. The worn out 360 is going to be rebuilt into a 390 with an overdrive, or swapped for a late model engine. Body is going to get restored close to stock. The F-250 is staying stock (excapt a tune chip) and maintained, might upgrade parts if it makes sense as things break.

For the most part they can be divided in two different ways. One is ride height.
If ride height is one, what is the other?
 

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One is the crowd wo works them hard. Their trucks are pretty much the rusty, but trusty type. They may be scratched and dented, rusty but trusty rough and ready types. Maybe if anything they modify for towing

There is, however, another crowd who know all too well that these are the last of a breed. They know their trucks are getting long in the tooth, all too rapidly becoming relics of the past. These are the members who care to restore, preserve and protect, who do their best to keep their dearly beloveds from looking old, even work hard to make them look brand new. They replace, repaint, wax and re-wax. Who knows? By now they may have swapped an engine or two.


Then again there are plenty of creative types, guys who see stock as a starting point, who like to improve, modify and customize. The changes they make run the gambit, anything and everything from mild to wild. For the most part they can be divided in two different ways. One is ride height. Some love big wheels and tires. They lift their truck bodies probably for off road. They might add any number of options such as off road lighting, winces, tow hooks, brush guards, custom bumpers, and the like.


Whatever category that puts me in I guess. I am working toward redoing the bodywork so I guess I am in both camps.

I joined a car club to force me to vacuum, dust and wax it at least once a year too... :secret:
 

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How dare you! I refuse to fit into your definitions!

I guess I'm owner type fluid.

For the Rangers. I've done mild lift with my '99 4wd, but mostly kept it stock for years. Now it's getting an engine swap and possibly lowered slightly. My '84 2wd was not stock, but nost of that was done by my dad back in the 80s to make it more reliable. Was getting ready to lower it slightly before I totaled it. The 85 is hopefully going to get a 2.3 turbo and lowered like the '84 was. Seems like mostly lowering, but I've also got my gears turning on if & how to turn an '86 cab and a bunch of parts into an offroad toy.

Moving away from the Rangers. My F-100 was modified before I got it. It's going to stay that way but preserve/maintain and upgrade. It's got a 2" body lift, which I'm eventually going to replace with a suspension lift. The worn out 360 is going to be rebuilt into a 390 with an overdrive, or swapped for a late model engine. Body is going to get restored close to stock. The F-250 is staying stock (excapt a tune chip) and maintained, might upgrade parts if it makes sense as things break.



If ride height is one, what is the other?
Road or off road
 

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How dare you! I refuse to fit into your definitions!

I guess I'm owner type fluid.

For the Rangers. I've done mild lift with my '99 4wd, but mostly kept it stock for years. Now it's getting an engine swap and possibly lowered slightly. My '84 2wd was not stock, but nost of that was done by my dad back in the 80s to make it more reliable. Was getting ready to lower it slightly before I totaled it. The 85 is hopefully going to get a 2.3 turbo and lowered like the '84 was. Seems like mostly lowering, but I've also got my gears turning on if & how to turn an '86 cab and a bunch of parts into an offroad toy.

Moving away from the Rangers. My F-100 was modified before I got it. It's going to stay that way but preserve/maintain and upgrade. It's got a 2" body lift, which I'm eventually going to replace with a suspension lift. The worn out 360 is going to be rebuilt into a 390 with an overdrive, or swapped for a late model engine. Body is going to get restored close to stock. The F-250 is staying stock (excapt a tune chip) and maintained, might upgrade parts if it makes sense as things break.



If ride height is one, what is the other?
Post a picture please
 

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Whatever category that puts me in I guess. I am working toward redoing the bodywork so I guess I am in both camps.

I joined a car club to force me to vacuum, dust and wax it at least once a year too... :secret:
Post a picture please
 

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Okay. Here's mine. A 2003 Ranger Edge: restored: newer paint and body work done, mildly modified: Efan, new wheels, larger tires, lowered 1* with a custom grill, winch, and fog lights, aluminum hood, after market head and tail lights, nerf bars, a tonneau, and an oak bed. The interior has leather seats, the bed is oak. It has stiffer sway bars, James Duff traction bars, twin exhausts, and a newer Torsen limited slip.

I know many of us have posted before, but we have lots of new members. It doesn't matter whether yours is rusty but trusty, restored, or modified. Older Rangers often tell a story. Each is special, and each a real beauty in its own right.
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my truck is stock and i like it but i also have a newer full size truck that has some mods. so i don't know where i fit into the list
 

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I've been a member here for only a short while, but I've noticed that many of us are driving old trucks, namely Rangers made before 2012. A few of us may also own a Mazda or a Bronco II. We drive them because we love them. All well and good. They're practical, cheap, and sized like a true mini truck. They're easy to work on, and even fun to drive.

I have also noticed that there are different types of owners here. We tend to treat them in different ways that are well worth the mention. One is the crowd wo works them hard. Their trucks are pretty much the rusty, but trusty type. They may be scratched and dented, missing a part or two, but so what. These are no beauty queens. They've never been waxed or groomed. They do the job: haul tools and 2x4s, sod and bricks and gravel. They may even come with a winch. I'm not too sure but if I were to guess. The majority of us are the rusty but trusty rough and ready types. Maybe if anything they modify for towing, or remove the bed entirely to make it totally flat.

There is, however, another crowd who know all too well that these are the last of a breed. They know their trucks are getting long in the tooth, all too rapidly becoming relics of the past. These are the members who care to restore, preserve and protect, who do their best to keep their dearly beloveds from looking old, even work hard to make them look brand new. They replace, repaint, wax and re-wax. Who knows? By now they may have swapped an engine or two.

Then again there are plenty of creative types, guys who see stock as a starting point, who like to improve, modify and customize. The changes they make run the gambit, anything and everything from mild to wild. For the most part they can be divided in two different ways. One is ride height. Some love big wheels and tires. They lift their truck bodies probably for off road. They might add any number of options such as off road lighting, winces, tow hooks, brush guards, custom bumpers, and the like.

Some, however, drop them, get them low to the ground to improve their handling on the road or even the track. They might even go total truxarosa. making theirs a total racing machine. They like speed too, maybe a different engine, maybe a supercharger, loud pipes, a bed cover, maybe even a custom paint job.

Of course, there are many other possible combinations. Rangers are often as individuated as their owners. How about you? Please reply and post a picture or two.
Rusty but trusty all the way!

I use my truck. Its a blend of looks, reliability and utility for me. I use it for work, for hauling personal items, camping out the back, getting dirty and some light 4x4. I enjoy rangers because they have been more than reliable and capable for me. It also is cheap to maintain and repair, and I appreciate the small size as cities get more and more congested with huge trucks and SUVs. I have also been in 2 significant accidents that left the vehicles completely totaled and both times I ended up without a scratch. I have also taken several roads trips over the 1000mi mark one way and it's been flawless, and has never left me stranded.
 

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IMHO - Single cab swb are the sexiest of all truck models, although they may be the unwanted step child to most ppl.

If and When I use my truck for truck stuff, I don't mind it getting dirty. I try not to dent the body panels, if I can help it. I like lowered trucks. I also like getting into a clean truck. Single cabs are easy to keep clean, but get dirty just as quick and easy.

I guess, in short, I like my trucks looking clean and pristine, but can get down and dirty when needed to.
 

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my truck is stock and i like it but i also have a newer full size truck that has some mods. so i don't know where i fit into the list
Post a picture of that older Ranger please. There seems to be fewer photos these days.
 

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Mine is just treated as general purpose trucks with the ability to off road with most others. But I'm also not looking to get as big of a lift with as big of a mud tire I can squeeze on them either. They are setup up or are in the process getting setup to get the job done.

They are kept in as good of a condition as I can, with a big focus on preventative maintence.

They aren't show vehicles, they don't get babied, and they don't get thrashed. So I don't think I truely fit in any category. If I must be lumped into a category, off road is probably the closest.

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IMHO - Single cab swb are the sexiest of all truck models, although they may be the unwanted step child to most ppl.

If and When I use my truck for truck stuff, I don't mind it getting dirty. I try not to dent the body panels, if I can help it. I like lowered trucks. I also like getting into a clean truck. Single cabs are easy to keep clean, but get dirty just as quick and easy.

I guess, in short, I like my trucks looking clean and pristine, but can get down and dirty when needed to.
I like regular cabs too. They've become increasingly rare. Post a photo please, especially for all the new members here.
 

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Mine is just treated as general purpose trucks with the ability to off road with most others. But I'm also not looking to get as big of a lift with as big of a mud tire I can squeeze on them either. They are setup up or are in the process of getting the job done.

They are kept in as good of a condition as I can, with a big focus on preventative maintence.

They aren't show vehicles, they don't get babied, and they don't get thrashed. So I don't think I truely fit in any category. If I must be lumped into a category, off road is probably the closest.

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I like that sun visor...the new wheels and the larger tires especially on the red Ranger.
 

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I like that sun visor...the new wheels and the larger tires especially on the red Ranger.
Thanks. The visor was all me. The wheels are the originals that came with the truck. Obviously the tires aren't the original size.
 

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