Originally Posted by kanuck15
Pulling the dash is actually an easy process. Go to your local jy and pull a few so you know where all the bolts are
Great advice on JY "practice". I worked part time for a body shop several years back and used to go "junkin'" on a regular basis. Havent been to one in years though. Sadly most of the "good" ones around St. Louis almost require you to take a friend(strength in numbers), as you get toward the back of the lot it can get kinda "shady". Plus with two bad knees and a bad back my days of endlessly wandering the yards for fun....yes I had GREAT times in junkyards, and even searching random trunks(amazing what one can find)...are somewhat behind me. That and for some reason I dont remember seeing too many 1st gen rangers...I guess most places crush them...I don know. That was why I was hoping someone did a write up with lots of pics.
Obviously I am not new to this, just this board, well posting at least, been lurking for around 4 years. I have pulled many a dash in different vehicles, and in nearly every instance I did practice on a JY car.
My particular Ranger is my late father's, so it has sentimental value. If not for that, I would just search out one that has already been swapped....and I may just do that eventually, then pull everything for my truck. I dunno, I'll keep searching forums and craigslist, plus I still have to build my garage. Like I said this is just planning, I am not a pro mechanic, so I research as much as I can. For example, I had to replace the lower intake manifold gasket on my wife's lumina....researched that for MONTHS before digging in(for those that dont know that job required quite a bit of R&R, including push rods to get to the LIMG).
Regardless, thanks again for the info. Now if I could find a build thread for my gen with lots of pics I will quit bothering ya'll.....:)