thanks for your feedback. I am fairly competent mechanically, but I have no experience with Rangers, and diesels in particular. It does seem to be a heck of a truck, with 22k original, so I want to really clan her up and get everything in order. I will also be doing a lot of mountain driving, and most of it is way off the grid, so I need her to be really dependable, and I want to carry critical spare parts
You mentioned no compatibility with US parts. Two questions:
1. Aside from internal mechanical parts, do you think that the engine design would allow crossover of parts like radiator hoses, air filters, A/C compressor, alternator, and other external components?
2. Do you know if there is a site to buy South American Ford parts-- other than a Ford dealer. I have found equivalent parts to always be dramatically lower in cost when I can find them.
One other question: As a Ranger owner, what would you feel to be "urgent care" spare parts to carry? Is there anything that tends to have issues often?