Originally Posted by amgcustoms
shackles and hangers are made of aluminum foil so first check them. check the slip yoke.
Good call, I've heard this being a pretty common problem on the full size trucks as well. Never gave it much thought on the rangers. Thanks for the info.
Originally Posted by StxDangerRanger
Check the 4x4, make sure it works and unlocks.
Like Aaron said above, make sure the rear hangers are still solid and in ok condition.
Take the truck for a drive and see how the transmission shifts.
Also check the drivers side Valve cover to see if there has been any oil leaking, 4.0 OHV's are notorious for that right around 100k.
As you should do with any car, look for signs of oil in the antifreeze and vice versa. All you'll need to do is open the Rad cap and make sure its still nice and green, and open the oil fill and make sure there isn't any brown gel-like stuff in there.
Since its a MI truck, check the inside bed-sides, see how rusty they are. also look at the spare tire hanger.
That should get you enough, but I agree with you, a low miles 1994 truck for 2k is a STEAL.
Thank you for some pointers. I know to check for the common issues like you would with any car or truck when buying used and lucky for me I use to do a lot of pdi's for gm so I have a pretty good set of eyes for the most part. I don't think I'll find to many issues gasket wise from the heads up as the owner just head head gaskets replaced, timing chain and so on. So gasket's from heads up should be ready to rock as well as the front cover gasket and timing set. I know are local ford dealership did all the wrench work as my freind is the tech that did it.
Originally Posted by KLC
Rust would be my main concern given where you live.
I agree with out a doubt. I looked at the truck quickly in the dark tonight and checked out the under side and thing's looked pretty clean for the year. I'll have a lot better idea come tomorrow when I get a chance to look things over in the day light. But that very well could turn into a whole different story. Trying to find a cheap beater in the midwest rust belt is a real pita if your trying to find somthing about spotless.
I'll be sure to post up some photo's if I come home with the truck. If not I'll keep looking till i find what I want.
How many of you guy's have small kids that get the joy's of the small bucket seats. Have any problems with the kids getting upset sitting in the little buckets during 30-45 min drives? That might be my biggest fear is how well the little guy is going to like sitting in back. He's 6 now so I'm sure it won't be an issue. But some feed back from people in the same boat would be nice.