I'm an old retired guy with a 2004 Ranger Flareside, Duratec-engined.
This is my first Ranger, but vehicle # "God-only-knows" for this geezer.
I'm a retired Senior Research Technician; I spent my productive years working in the Corporate Research department for a large American oil company. I have 3 older children and 4 grandchildren; our youngest grandchild was born only 2 weeks ago.
My oldest son drives a Ranger SuperCab FX4; his job demands his presence, regardless of weather conditions, so he wisely chose the4WD, the 4 liter V-6 and "traction" tires...I believe he has BFG T/A's on his truck, and he's never gotten stuck with it, or been let down by his Ranger. When I decided I needed a small utility-oriented vehicle, but one with a frugal appetite for fuel, he recommended a Ranger with a manual transmission and a 4-banger engine. I followed his recommendation, and this trucklet has delivered in spades. Gas mileage on my 500 mile weekly commuting runs on the Interstate Highway system has been almost unbelievable.
Now, I use my Ranger as my daily rider, and fawn over it, dreaming up new modifications to personalize it, but I still strive to keep the vehicle appearing as if it were built "that way" at the factory.
My wife's car is a soft and comfortable 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis LS with the Performance Handling option, and my "hobby car" is a 1984 Ford Mustang convertible that shares the garage with "Grandma's car."
Okay, I've introduced myself and you know a little bit about me and my driveway occupants, so I'll stop blabbering and start reading about you folks. Thanks for allowing me to join you!