Hey folks... just purchased my first Ranger.
It's a 1994 Ford Ranger 4x4 Splash EXT w/ 156K miles.
I picked it up from a "private owner" who happened to be selling it out of a NAPA/Towing location. [Weird?]
Test drive went okay. - some minor things that I'd expected from a 20+ year old truck with 156K.
What really sealed the deal for me was that it has a plow on it which would make clearing the snow from my new house easier. [My driveway is steep and bends]
Well, after cash was exchanged hands, I hop in the truck and I'm off to my house which is about a 45 min ride. Not even 30 minutes later the thing overheats and I have to pull over. Call the guy up, he gets a tow truck to come out and bring it back. Seller says it's probably and easy fix and he will take care of it.
On the tow ride back, the trucks plow lowers, scrapes, and starts to pop out of the tow truck claws[?]. Tow truck driver slams on the breaks... my truck smashes into his. Bumper is all messed up, but at least the tailgate is fine.
So, again, seller says he'll fix the overheating issue... Fine. Week goes by and he says the thermostat was shot. All fixed. I pick it up yesterday and on the ride 3 minutes from my house... guess what? OVERHEATED AGAIN!
Obviously I was sold a basket case... Luckily I'm all for learning to work on a truck. I'm hoping this will be a good source of information, advise, etc for my (now) project truck.
That felt great to get off my chest.
I look forward to sharing my experience and learning with you folks.
P.S. If anyone has a good place for me to start locating my overheating issue, I am all ears!