(You'll have to excuse the cell phone pics. It is on it's last leg.)
My name is Brian.
I own Masteratarms93's Ranger
and this is how I came about it. He is a member on this site and I would like him to know the truck is in good hands and with someone who is going to fix it up and give it new life over the next 4 or 5 years.
Here it is the day I got it. The kid in the photo is Cody. The owner who had it after Masteratarms93 (I assume).
(The Day I Got It)
I have always loved cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
I am not much of a mechanic, but I try to do as much as I can myself with basic tools. I am what I would consider a very well rounded auto enthusiast. I say that because I love vehicles of all types. I've owned imports and now currently just got done last year having a cam put in my 95 Z28. I love them all. Muscle cars, clean and tastefully done imports, both of the European and Japanese orgin. I work full-time and bust my *** to be able to live and try to afford the finer things of the motorsports and automotive world.
Shameless plug of the Z28 >
How I found Masteratarms93's Ranger
I needed a daily driver for the harsh, Ohio winters. I needed preferably a little truck that was lifted and could get "good" gas mileage.
I looked high and low in the Northeastern Ohio region for a clean Toyota or Nissan Pickup, but everyone wants top dollar for even high mileage examples. I'm sure some of you in the rust belt know how expensive a clean yota pickup can be.
I put a wanted ad out on my local craigslist for a small truck. I put that I would take an s10, a ranger, but preferably a Toyota or Nissan pickup.
After receiving a ton of replies with disappointing results, I finally got an email from a kid in a town not too far from my own that said he was looking to get rid of his ranger which was 2wd, but lifted and had 31 inch tires on it.
I saw some pics and fell in love. It wasn't the Toyota pickup I had hoped for, but I always had a soft spot for Rangers of this body style ever since my little brother brought home a near-mint example when we were still in high school.
I loved the fact it was lifted and was a 5 speed. I was impressed by the mileage it got for being lifted and with the 31's on it as well. I was told it also had an explorer rear-end put it in from the previous owner so it wasn't just a one-wheel-peel truck, which has proven INCREDIBLE in the harshest of last year's Ohio winter. As I drove the truck and drifted it around the parking lots through winter, I fell in love with it. I loved the Ranger because it was a small, sporty truck with clean and timeless looks. I already have a cammed, V8 camaro. I have nothing to prove by getting a bigger truck like a diesel or something like that. I am a HUGE fan of small bodied trucks that are lifted on bigger tires and this one just fit the bill. I like the Ranger because it just ages well. Once again, it's looks are classic. Classic doesn't mean old, classic means timeless and timeless means forever.
I have taken care of this truck when I got it at 155,XXX miles. It now has 171,XXX on it and it is running as smooth as my 1999 Honda Prelude ran. I have been REALLY impressed by the little 2.5 Lima four-cylinder. No ***** or torque, but it takes a beating. It handles the daily driving and wear like a champ and the transmission shifts wonderfully still. Of course it gets regular oil changes every 3k miles.
I have replaced the brake lines and the master brake cylinder and brake booster and battery since owning the truck aside from replacing the rotors up front as well as new tie-rods. It rides great for the time being.
I was thrilled when I was able to find all the threads on here with it in it and now I have a complete list of what has been done to this truck thanks to Masteratarm93's threads.
I will be modifying this ranger to some larger extent. I haven't decided between 5.0 swap or if I should piece together a really nicely thought out 2.5 Lima turbo build. I am really into prerunner styled trucks, but don't have too much sand around Ohio. I'm looking to mesh different styles of builds together for something at the end of the day that I LOVE, REGARDLESS of what the internet or anyone else thinks. I'm holding off on cosmetic stuff such as replacing the bed and fenders until I am for sure with what I want to do with the powerplant. Part of me wants to look into beefing up the suspension. I am not a hardcore off-roader by any means, but I would love to be able to take this to light trails and still serve street duty without worry. Eventually, I want to have it painted Ford Sonic Blue or the dark Purple/Blue of the New Edge styled Rangers. I'm not another dreamer. I have modified vehicles before and am well aware of what things cost and that one cannot cut corners for a quality build
. I work damn hard to afford my camaro, my motorcycle and the ranger as well. I have no problem spending money on car , truck, or motorcycle modifications. Hell, I mod everything, my bass guitars, my computers, my road bicycles. Nothing is safe.
This truck will be serving as my daily driver and needs to be able to tow a motorcycle trailer.
Can't wait to make this truck into something clean, tastefully modded and unique for the build. I hope you all are stoked to see this truck back on the site if you recognize it.
My brother's Ranger next to mine.