- Aug 6, 2007
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- Toonces drives a Ranger . . . . just not very well.
Understandable, but that sure does look like the kind of stuff we'd do when I worked at van conversion shop in the '80's. In the dash cubby, see if the side panels are fabric-wrapped luan, and I think you'll find the original flocked finish behind the fabric. I've just never seen a fabric dash in any of the first gen trucks or in any factory literature (but by no means is it impossible that it's not a rare stock option). What is odd, though; is that in your pictures the only other aftermarket add I see is the running boards. Usually dolling up the interior included screwing wood trim on the dash and adding cupholders and lighting.I'm on the fence about the upholstered dash and cubby hole. Although it's kind of coming apart, it appears to very well done. The seams are perfectly sewed and trimmed... way past the skill level of the home hobbyist and it doesn't look like a cheap dealer add on. I think it came from the factory like that but that's just my personal opinion... we'll never know for sure unless we find others to compare with or some documentation.
Right; first gens didn't have factory door speakers, but adding them was VERY popular back in the day. The OEM dash speakers wouldn't hold up to any kind of radio upgrade, and even a basic 5" door speaker sounded much better.It does not have door speakers. I've never seen a first gen that does. The only ones I've seen besides the ones in the dash have been in little speaker boxes behind the seats in a single cab. Second gen single cabs also had optional speakers behind the seats but they were molded into the pillar trim at the bottom.
You do find some of the coolest stuff, Shran. Please keep posting these treasures when you find them.