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So since FRF seems to be nothing but a shit show lately, I figured it was time to sit down and start a fresh project log. I've had the truck for 5 years and 70,000 miles, so recapping everything that's happened with it over that time would take forever (and be pretty dang boring). These first few post will just be the highlights of what's been done to the truck. I'm just gonna let the pictures talk for the most part, but if you have any questions or see anything that warrants comment or criticism, post away.

 

Here's how she looked the day I bought her (this is actually the ad photo from the shady used car dealership)




The first "mod" id did to the truck was a radioshack CB radio.







 

Next came a set of 265/75/16 Hankook Dynapro ATMs. I absolutely loved these tires. They wore well, hooked up well (on and off road) and weren't that expensive.




 

Then I blew up the transfer case doing dumb stuff. I went through a miserable winter in 2wd before swapping in a junkyard BW1354




 

Next I swapped the dynapros over to a set of Cragar D-windows



 

rare shots of me doing maintenance







 

Had a shackle collapse of me, so on went new shackles and spring hangers






Broke the frame doing dumb stuff




 

Fixed the frame




 

Made a "custom" rear cross member after the factory spare tire carrier/crossmember rotted away on me.




Made a front hitch out of a class III receiver I had laying around




This photo also shows the Harbor Freight lights behind the grille. Those went on at some point in here.







 

Scored a explorer roof rack from the junkyard. You can also see the 06+ mirrors in this pic. Some jacka** broke off both factory mirrors and caved in my passenger door. In later pics you can still see the wrinkles in it that I couldn't get out.




Broke a leaf spring. Don't know if this was from doing dumb stuff or not. Probably was.




 

So, I put on a set of junkyard explorer springs and belltech 6400s and ditched the factory lift block




Bought a car. 2006 Ford Focus Zx5 5spd. This was probably the best "mod" I've done for the truck to date.




 

Bought a superlift. Found it on Criagslist, BNIB, for 800 bucks. Also picked up a set of 33x12.50 Duratracs on DC-IIs from CL to go with the lift (not pictured) 




Installed said superlift. Sorry, no install pics. I put the lift on in the driveway, in December, in northern Ohio.... pictures weren't high on my priority list  haha




 

Made some "custom" sway bar end links




 

Double cardon front driveshaft installed




 

Bought some expo power/leather seats




 

Bought a new to me bed (old one was rotted all to hell)




 

Found some more rust



 

Fixed the rust (please excuse my piss poor welds)










 

Got the interior back in. (somewhere along the line I picked up a full length expo center console from the junkyard)






 

Painted the rockers with bedliner and mounted a flag pole in the bed. Cause Murica  (The tailgate has since been replaced. There's a good story to go along with the "bullet holes" that were it  haha)




 

Installed a JL audio 8" sub




 

Built a pintle mount

 


Replaced the drivers side valve cover gasket (still need to do the passengers side)




Bought some stuff






 

Well, that brings us up to Jan. 2017 (give or take). That's also all of the photos that needed to rescued from FRF, and my lunch break is about over, so I guess this is a good stopping point.   Stay tuned for future installments.   



 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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I'm noticing a pattern here, Jimmy... you keep doing "dumb stuff"!  LMAO



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mhoward wrote: I'm noticing a pattern here, Jimmy... you keep doing "dumb stuff"!  LMAO


 I definitely have my moments.   Lol.    



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Hey Jimmy.. glad you came over.. ;)



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Ok, so we left off with coil overs and things being purchased. I got a good deal on the coil overs from a member over on FRF (brand new, never on a truck) and that got the ball rolling...  slowly. To be honest, I had everything sitting in the garage by February, but didn't "break ground" until late April. But, that's the life of a shade tree mechanic. The truck was also in desperate need of a new core support, so I figured as long as we were tearing some stuff apart, we might as well tear it all apart. 



Started off stripping most of the front clip off the truck.




These next few really show how bad the core support had gotten. The Ohio winters had not been kind








So here you can see that the passenger front body bolt is broken off. I hadnt touched it up until this point....    This truck has had an interesting life.





Old Core support removed









Old vs New






I had to order new body mounts from Tasca, which took FOREVER. So, I got impatient and moved on to the Coil over swap.



Here are the passenger side shock tower gussets and upper limit strap mount.



Lower limit strap mount. You may notice that it's very close to the sway bar mounting hole. There is enough room to sneak the end link in there, but I don't run the sway bar. 





Mocking stuff up.




Painting stuff

 


Passenger side assembled




Drivers side pretty much assembled.




It's a really tight fit up there. Ended up "clearancing" the UCA a little.




Broke a brake line



More assembly stuff





Painted some stuff













Body mounts had finally come in by this point.  Had to lift the body up a little to line things up



Core support in place



New body mounts





Front receiver back in




Bracket for the new grille lights (I decided to finally ditch the harbor freight lights and go with LEDs)




Front clip back on 





Back on the ground and off to tireman for an alignment. The bumper did go back on... eventually.







And that pretty much wraps up that round of work, and brings us up to mid may of this year.  We're almost caught up.... I promise.    haha 




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Thanks!   Its nice to part of an active forum again!



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Jimmyspy wrote: Undrstm8ed wrote: Hey Jimmy.. glad you came over.. ;)



Thanks!   Its nice to part of an active forum again!


Yea.. I give it 60 more days.. and that "Other" forum will be offering Site Moderators packages with a tourniquet kits and boxes of tampons to stop the hemorrhaging of loses..



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Undrstm8ed wrote: Jimmyspy wrote: Undrstm8ed wrote: Hey Jimmy.. glad you came over.. ;)



Thanks!   Its nice to part of an active forum again!


Yea.. I give it 60 more days.. and that "Other" forum will be offering Site Moderators packages with a tourniquet kits and boxes of tampons to stop the hemorrhaging of loses..




Lol.     It’s kind of sad really. There was a lot of good information on that forum. And, at one time, there were a lot of cool builds going on.     







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Jimmyspy wrote: Undrstm8ed wrote: Jimmyspy wrote: Undrstm8ed wrote: Hey Jimmy.. glad you came over.. ;)



Thanks!   Its nice to part of an active forum again!


Yea.. I give it 60 more days.. and that "Other" forum will be offering Site Moderators packages with a tourniquet kits and boxes of tampons to stop the hemorrhaging of loses..

Lol.     It’s kind of sad really. There was a lot of good information on that forum. And, at one time, there were a lot of cool builds going on.


Well if you've noticed the people who attempted to be the most active are here and STILL coming.., the build pages will grow on their own here, these guys aren't easily discouraged from growth issues.


I think with the administration here actually being as supportive as it is, the intent, the activity, among a litany of other things will bring even more people here and as long as the @dministration doesn't get bored with the ideology & culture here this site will do VERY well. I think it is going to be up to the patrons of the site to help it grow by pulling as many from "you know where" and extending the community with new organic people.

A brave new site...



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OK, this should be the last "catch-up"post (and things are gonna get slow and boring  lol)


So following the last round of work, the wiring in the truck in need of an overhaul. The factory harness was unmolested, but all of the aftermarket stuff was a hodge-podge mess of wires and splices and power stolen from everywhere.



So, I moved everything into the cab (under the center console) and installed an accessory fuse panel (There had been one under the hood for a while, but it wasn't well thought out).  Those blue wires are for the sub. I was a little worried about interference, but so far so good.



Here's how I mounted the fuse panel. Just a piece of sheet mat and some aluminum angle.



And here's how things look with the relays mounted and the wires ran. Not as clean as I had hoped, but so much better than it was. I would like to take another crack at it, as its a little messy, nothing is removable, and i really need a larger fuse panel (only one slot left in the current one)




This is the switch panel I mad up (also out of sheet metal and aluminum angle). It's a little large for where I have it mounted, as it gets in the way of the seats forward travel. But, at 5'6", I'm the shortest person that drives the truck anyway   

 


So previously, I had wires running through every hole and grommet I could find in the firewall. This looked awful, was a big chafing risk, and caused a lot of leaks (of both cold and water) So, I took a panel mount fitting for 1" conduit and punched a new hole in the firewall. I topped it off with a 90 degree elbow turned up to keep the elements out. Moving forward, I made need to step up in diameter or add another one, as the 1" is about at capacity now.




Since I was playing with electricity anyway, and the no name battery that was in the truck and all but given up on me, I decided to put a big-boy battery in the truck. Went with a Diehard Advanced Gold series (re-branded deka battery) from Sears. 

 


So the truck was pretty much all buttoned up and road worthy by this point, but still didn't have a horn (I don't believe the bumper was on yet either) and had only been driven around town. But, the dual clutch auto trans in my moms Focus took a shit, and I volunteered my daily beater (also a Focus) for her to drive. At this time, I was in the middle of a scholastic semester down at the University of Cincinnati, so the ranger needed to become long haul worthy on short notice. I was a little worried, as I hadn't put many miles on her since the coilover swap. But she made the 400 mile round trip with ease (and ALOT of gas   Averaged like 15 on the highway  lol)
Here's a pic of the f250 horn I threw on during my rushed preparations. 

 

After that, the "mods" tapered off a bit, and I enjoyed driving the wheels off the truck. I put a few thousand miles, and a few wheeling trips, on it since this last round of work< and everything has held up extremely well. (Check out my thread in the four wheeling section for some badass off road pics lol)


I did score a set skid plates from the junkyard. These came off of a third gen ranger. Fun fact: 3rd gen skids are not a direct swap to a 5th gen. I now have a full set of factory skids ready to go on...  at some point. As of now, I'm still just rocking the superlift skid plate (which has been worth it's weight in gold)


This picture is kinda cool to me. My old man has had this John Deere ad hanging in the garage since I was little, of a father working on his tractor in the barn and his son working on his pedal tractor in the driveway.    This isn't exactly the same, because these aren't tractors, this wasn't my dad's truck, and I wasn't working on "toy". But, I still thought it was kinda cool, although perhaps a little demeaning to the ranger  haha 




More recently, I picked up a set of Bilstein 5125s. The coilovers up front have really exposed the short comings of the current rear end setup. My plan is these shocks and a set of skyjacker FRS36 leafs. Currently my setup is belltech 6400s, expos leafs, and the 3" superlift blocks. As of now, the shocks are as far as I've gotten.  Haha   






Also picked up some goodies for another future project. 



And, the latest truck related thing I've done is make up some adapters for the tcase skid plate. I ran out of light after paint, and have yet to mount everything on the truck. You can also see the newest addition to the driveway shop's tool selection in these pics. I had been using a cheap harbor freight flux core welder for my metal working needs (If needed to weld thicker material, I had to pack everything up and head over to my grandad's to steal some time on his 220V arc welder). After a few years of that, I decided to step up to a "real" welder; a Hobart Handler 140. I haven't run any gas through it yet, but even the flux core ability if far superior to the HF special.













 And with THAT, we are up to date. Moving forward, I've got more rust to fix, some rear suspension work to do, and body work to mess up, and a spare tire situation to figure out. Oh, and a lot more highway and trail to explore! :rock



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Thanks!   Its nice to part of an active forum again!


Yea.. I give it 60 more days.. and that "Other" forum will be offering Site Moderators packages with a tourniquet kits and boxes of tampons to stop the hemorrhaging of loses..

Lol.     It’s kind of sad really. There was a lot of good information on that forum. And, at one time, there were a lot of cool builds going on.


Well if you've noticed the people who attempted to be the most active are here and STILL coming.., the build pages will grow on their own here, these guys aren't easily discouraged from growth issues.


I think with the administration here actually being as supportive as it is, the intent, the activity, among a litany of other things will bring even more people here and as long as the @dministration doesn't get bored with the ideology & culture here this site will do VERY well. I think it is going to be up to the patrons of the site to help it grow by pulling as many from "you know where" and extending the community with new organic people.

A brave new site...


Oh, don't get me wrong, I think this site is going to just fine. And, eventually, it will have the same compilation of knowledge and builds as FRF has. But, it's still a pain to have to "rebuild" everything.  Although, it does provide an opportunity for some much needed changes, as you pointed out. 



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So this past weekend I broke ground on a new rear bumper/tire carrier.

I've been looking for a better place to put the spare tire, other than in the bed. But, I couldn't find a bumper/tire carrier that I liked and could stomach the price of. As many of you know, the after market support for the ranger is pretty weak. So, I'm gonna build my own.  I've been acquiring tools and parts for a few months now, but finally pulled the trigger and ordered the steel back around thanksgiving.

 

So I started out making a poster board template of the shape I wanted for the bumper. Then I traced this onto some 3/16 plate and cut it out. (Don't laugh at my top-of-the-line work station  lol)













 

Next, I cut 3x6x3/16 tube to match the outline of the top plate. This is gonna be the main structure of the bumper. The plan is to incorporate a 2" receiver, clevis mounts, and a pair of flush-mount LED pods into the main section of tube.  



















 Aaaand that's as far as I got. Turns out cutting everything with an angle grinder is pretty time consuming  lol       Hopefully I'll make a little more progress next weekend. But, as you can see, I work outside, and the weather can be a little unfavorable this time of year up in the frigid north (Toledo  lol).



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In other news, I picked up a new to me ext. cab door after work today. It needs to change color, but it’s straight and rust free.






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So I was gonna work on the bumper this past weekend, but mother nature had other plans. We got our first snow fall of the season here in northern ohio.




So, I went wheeling instead. Went out to Southington Offroad Park with the Glass City Crawlers. I'll dump most of the photos in the off roading section, but here are some highlights.  



Playing on the rocks






Jeeps




Group Photo




Smaller group photo






Only time the ranger got stuck. Got high centered on this rock out cropping. 






Cool Bridge on the way home





I'll make a full post in my off roading thread 


Stay tuned for bumper updates. It may be slow for a while, now that winter is here.  

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Looks like someone had some fun, i'm starting to lament not finding a 4x4 :(



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MaDMaXX wrote: Looks like someone had some fun, i'm starting to lament not finding a 4x4 :(

 

Someone had a blast!   haha    

I don't think I could go without having a 4wd in the stable.



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MaXX, you could convert your EDGE over to 4x4. Been done dozens of times without too much trouble.



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I'm not sure that's within my means or skill tbh, not that i know exactly how much work would be involved.



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Well, it would be a bunch of work, no doubt. Since you have the EDGE model, you have the frame/suspension required... you just need a donor truck and tools.



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Hmm, might be interesting to look into....



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mhoward wrote: MaXX, you could convert your EDGE over to 4x4. Been done dozens of times without too much trouble.

“Too much trouble” can be relative.  Haha


Everything is pretty much bolt on, the tricky parts are the transmission, transfer case linkage (electric shift won’t work), and not all edge trucks had the third bracket for the front axle from the factory.



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I think the best i could realistically hope for (short of a great condition 4x4 landing on my lap for a song and a prayer) would be a diff upgrade, mine is open, but dang they're expensive!



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Jimmyspy wrote: mhoward wrote: MaXX, you could convert your EDGE over to 4x4. Been done dozens of times without too much trouble.

“Too much trouble” can be relative.  Haha


Everything is pretty much bolt on, the tricky parts are the transmission, transfer case linkage (electric shift won’t work), and not all edge trucks had the third bracket for the front axle from the factory.


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MaDMaXX wrote: I think the best i could realistically hope for (short of a great condition 4x4 landing on my lap for a song and a prayer) would be a diff upgrade, mine is open, but dang they're expensive!



I hear ya. I’m open/open as well (my 4wd is actually a 2wd. Haha). I’ve been eying up the ected e-locker from Auburn, but damn would it be expense. I’ve got it on my “maybe some day” list.  Lol



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Undrstm8ed wrote: Jimmyspy wrote: mhoward wrote: MaXX, you could convert your EDGE over to 4x4. Been done dozens of times without too much trouble.

“Too much trouble” can be relative.  Haha


Everything is pretty much bolt on, the tricky parts are the transmission, transfer case linkage (electric shift won’t work), and not all edge trucks had the third bracket for the front axle from the factory.


The real relevance is "being built not bought.." :coffee



Building a rig is half the fun of off-roading.   I mean, if you’re gonna go out and beat on your truck, you better enjoy working on it.   Haha






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