Looking for 2cd Ranger,, BUT ned advice !!
I have a smaller '97 2.3L 4cyl 2WD Ranger that has give me spectacular service for more than 260k so far. I am NOT parting with this machine. However, we have a second Ranger ( '98 3.0L w/4WD Std Cab) that has been fitted with a Utility Cap from Reading to serve as work vehicle. The 4WD has had a serious issue, but most recently the front quarter has suffered a collision. In addition, the 3.0L is just too underpowered to carry all the very heavy tools and equipment needed across/over rural pastures etc.. For that reason I am looking for a 4.0L V-6 with 4WD Ranger that can accept the Utility Cap as is with no refitting. To do that on the present 3.0 L truck, the bed was removed and the Cap dropped on and secured. I would like to do the same with the new Ranger ( if can find a good used one ) however all the 4.0L Rangers that I can find are the XL or XLT cabs and none are the Std. cab.
So the question to those of you who know.... Is the distance from the back of either the XL or XLT cabs to the rear axle the same as it would be with a Std. ( ie: short) cab, so that could just drop my utility cap onto the frame.... or is the bed on both the XL and XLT so short that my Utility cap would not simply drop on without cutting new wheel wells ??
If anybody knows,,, I would sure appreciate knowing.. Thanks in advance for any advice you may care to offer..!!
Very best regards......// Ernie and James in Bristol NH