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 Posted: Sat Jul 25th, 2020 08:27 pm
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This is the build thread for the truck. I haven’t come up with the name for the truck yet, anyone with good suggestions have at it. 

I have come prepared




Got the seats out, that was fun. No broken bolts, didn’t even strip any. Lucky me lol




It’s a good thing when you find old parts under the seat, right? Maybe a collectible item, antique Motorcraft!!




I like the previous owner. DUCT TAPE! Possibly antique as well. Any offers? First $250 takes it! It probably still sticks!!!



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Got everything cleaned out as much as I could. Until I get power out here in the form of a generator then all I can do is clean and disassemble. I do plan on getting one of those cordless handheld vacuums to vacuum everything up better. 



The drivers side isn’t all that bad. I’ve seen worse. Mostly right where the feet go and a little bit into the bottom of the firewall. I NEED POWER OUT HERE! I wanna get a wire cup wheel and go to town on the floors to see how bad it actually is. I did the poke test though. I only poked through twice over here.




The passenger side is actually pretty bad. I’ll probably need to to redo that entire side from the middle forward. 




Oh, and if you can’t find your 1/4 drive ratchet because it decided to grow legs and walk away, then just use a flat head screw driver that’s not too big that it won’t fit, and not too small where it will go all the way to the bottom (top?) of the socket. 

Last edited on Sun Jul 26th, 2020 03:47 am by VelociRanger



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HELL YEAH!

CALL IT 84 Ranger project "rust is the new black" 

I love it dude, you repair this rust you mine as well plan to keep this thing forever and give it to your kids because you are gonna fall in love with it! Restoring a 84 Ranger gets you very very high marks in my book. This truck will be worth a fortune someday........especially to you!!!!!!!

Way to innovate. Have you tried Craigslist for a good used small genset? Honda EQ2000 is about the best small generator you can get....but harbor freight, champion power, subaru, generac, there are other good ones too.........



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I have some advice for you
WELDABLE PRIMER
This is like a spray coating for the metal bits. New rust usually begins at the welds. Why? Because welds are done to bare metal and bare metal exposed to atmosphere begins to rust. So spray both sides of all metal bits with weld through primer before welding = less chance of rust.
Coat all floorboards and such with chassis saver or similar product (like POR15) this will keep moisture out and your new panels protected.
This is NOT a job you want to do twice......



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410customs wrote:
HELL YEAH!

CALL IT 84 Ranger project "rust is the new black" 

I love it dude, you repair this rust you mine as well plan to keep this thing forever and give it to your kids because you are gonna fall in love with it! Restoring a 84 Ranger gets you very very high marks in my book. This truck will be worth a fortune someday........especially to you!!!!!!!

Way to innovate. Have you tried Craigslist for a good used small genset? Honda EQ2000 is about the best small generator you can get....but harbor freight, champion power, subaru, generac, there are other good ones too.........

I’ve checked Craigslist, but honestly I don’t trust people. I don’t want to buy a generator used and then it fail in a couple weeks and I’m stuck. I’d prefer to buy one and if I have any problems then I’ll have a warranty of some sort, hopefully. I’ve been checking this one out; 12,000 starting Watts with 9,000 running watts, with 120/240 input and circuit breakers. It’s just from a brand I’ve never heard of, but all the reviews are good and it’s nearly the same price as the predator 9000- and it has more wattage!! 

https://www.lowes.com/pd/A-iPower-12000-Watt-Gasoline-Portable-Generator-with-Oem-Engine/1000816408?cm_mmc=shp-_-c-_-prd-_-sol-_-google-_-pla-_-240-_-sosgenerators-_-1000816408-_-0&placeholder=null&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqfLCp5jr6gIVe_rjBx2U1wJMEAQYASABEgJK7PD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds


410customs wrote:
I have some advice for you
WELDABLE PRIMER
This is like a spray coating for the metal bits. New rust usually begins at the welds. Why? Because welds are done to bare metal and bare metal exposed to atmosphere begins to rust. So spray both sides of all metal bits with weld through primer before welding = less chance of rust.
Coat all floorboards and such with chassis saver or similar product (like POR15) this will keep moisture out and your new panels protected.
This is NOT a job you want to do twice......

I had thought about weldable primer, I figured I may not need it because I plan on doing all cutting/welding in one weekend and then painting it up, but you’re probably right. Better safe than sorry! Any good weld through primer you suggest? POR15 is definitely on my list. In order to do the underside of the floor, I’m thinking I’m going to sand and patch the floor pans and once the top side is done, yank the body off and sand and sand and paint the underside. Or, should I yank the body off before I patch the inside to see how bad the rust is underneath? Like I said, I did the poke test with one of those electrical picks, I figured a pointy end would be easier to poke through bad spots than a blunt screw driver, and there’s some pretty good spots

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Looked at the inspection sticker on the truck today, i can’t remember when it was last registered but I believe it was 5/09 so 11 years ago. I was looking at it to make sure it was last in Texas, and sure enough it was. You can barely make out the T and the X. So that’s good, it will make the getting the title that much easier.



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yes use weld through primer on all metal surfaces....having bare metal exposed to the atmosphere for just a few minutes is how rust starts....and once its in and under your weld your project is doomed! That's why the primer!! Go get that title!



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I get paid this Friday, if I have enough I’m going to harbor freight to get a cordless angle grinder, battery, charger, and a wire cup brush and I’ll pick up some weld through primer as well. I wanna go ahead and see how bad it is and if the new floor pans will cover all of it. Rock auto has both sides and LMC Truck has the passenger side only in stock, and it’s a little bit bigger. I’ll go ahead and sand everything down, cut out the bad spots, and measure. Do you think I should try to do underneath the truck too, or just wait until I pull the body off?



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Budget Buster. I think I’ll name the truck that for the moment. Project Budget Buster.



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Didn’t do anything to the truck today, but I did make a little platform out of some scrap wood. It’s not very sturdy, but it’s still someplace I can sit and walk around. 

Before (I used wood exclusively from the pile next to it. I’m cheap lol)



After (kinda looks like hardwood flooring with nothing lining up. If you squint one eye and close the other then it looks good lol. No saw to cut anything with or else I could’ve made it look better. But, it’s better than what I had)




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If you're anything like me you have a chair nearby to sit and imagine.... I look and look then go inside, a few minutes later I'm back out walking around it and then back to the seat looking and imagining again.



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It’s funny you say that...I actually found a chair in this pile of stuff!! It’s a metal folding chair so I sprayed the hinges with wd40 and washed it off, and that’s exactly what I did. I sat there for a while staring at the truck. I’ve yet to make a list, I’m trying to prioritize what I want on it before I make the list.



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Got the dash out. I’m so glad I only gotta do it once. 

Hello beautiful 




And so the work begins




Got the bezel out, that was easy



Got the dash taken apart. I meant to take more pictures, but once I got started I didn’t wanna stop. Let’s just say I think there’s more screws in this dash than there are holding your house together. I’m proud of myself, I didn’t cut a single wire except for 1 ground wire, but all of the clip connection dealies are broken because 1) the truck is old as hell and 2) it was easier that way



Goodbye old parts




These are all from the dash. I even dropped quite a bit on in the dirt.



I love this multi gauge thing. It’s actually super sweet. I love how everything is all right there. Might have to try to find a way to use this in the engine swap. 



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I got the angle grinder yesterday, 2 cut off wheels and a paint removal wheel thingy. I also got rust prevention/primer spray paint. I’m thinking I could go ahead and cut out the floor pans, or should I wait until I get the new ones in so I know where they go? The drivers side floorboard isn’t as bad as the passenger, so I won’t have to cut much but the passenger side is almost totally gone. I kinda want to wait for the new pans, but I’m also anxious to make some progress.



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Update: Walmart cordless angle grinders absolutely suck. I’m going to get a corded one tomorrow.



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Harbor freight corded FTW. I'm getting one for grinding rivets off frames. Since I'm only going to do it 2 or 3 times in my life I don't want to spend big bucks.



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Did you get the cheapy cheap one or the baur one?



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keep it up! Some of my best work is done in a chair, next to the truck, thinking about the next move...........



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That’s what’s messing me up right now. I’m sittin and thinkin and then I get side tracked and I’ll start on something completely different than what I was working on before. That’s why I need this list I’ve been meaning to put together. I’m doing the list today. For sure.



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Got some random stuff done today. Well, not really random I plan on stripping the engine bay anyways but until I get more tools then I’m doing what I can until patience/daylight runs out. 

Before



During


Had a visitor come and offer help. I politely declined lol



Took the hood off to make engine bay more accessible, halfway through my work :fp



Got the first basic list done as well



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More progress

Engine bay looks a little more neat now that all the wiring is out. Actually, not really :hair






Here’s all the parts/things I took off/out



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If anyone who is restoring a first gen Ranger or just needs a part, let me know. Just pay shipping, any part as long as it’s not a body part, so suspension, interior (the interior is trashed) a specific bolt if I can find it, engine, need an alternator for a core? I’ve got one. I believe it also has A/C, at least there’s controls for it. Heater box? I’ve got you. Starter? Anything you need. When I get everything torn down I’m making a trip to the dump, and what hasn’t been taken is going to the dump. I can’t guarantee it’ll work, but if anyone is interested let me know.

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wicked good job! In 25 years of doing this I have never seen a donkey make appearance on Ranger Forum! Nice! All we need now is an elephant to stop by and this will be the perfect election year thread!



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