Thought I'd say Hello.
I just signed up yesterday. I live in Salt Lake City. Though I am a new member to the forum I am no stranger to it. I owned a Ranger a few years back and would frequent this forum for repair and mod tips, but never posted.
My father in law gave me a 1998 Regular Cab XL 2.5L Manual last week.
Before that I had 4 Ranger-less years. I had sold my 1993 XLT Ext Cab 4x4 4.0L. It was one of the saddest times of my life. It blew a head gasket, and I saved the money to rebuild the top of the engine. I did the work and it ran great, for about an hour. Then it shut off. I couldn't get it started again. Over a few weeks I spent at least 2 hours a day testing, tweaking, and wrenching on it; all to no avail. It was dead. I tried EVERYTHING. I sold it to a guy for real cheap. He came the next day with a trailer. I watched from my porch as he and his brother tried to push it up on the trailer. He said aloud "Well, let's just see if it will start.", I shook my head; I knew it was dead. He got in it and to my shock, the damn thing started right up and he drove it, DROVE IT, onto the trailer. He had tried starting it the day before when he paid me for it and it didn't start. I wanted to cry.
To this day I am convinced that truck was just sick of me. But my friends all insist it was a bad ground contact.
Anyway, here I am back in the Ranger life. I enjoy it. This one has spent the last year sitting in the dusty back corner of a plumbing shop and needs a little TLC in the maintenance department. But considering the previous owner was an extremely OCD plumber, it's clean as hell especially for it's 135k miles. So I am sure I'll get many years out of it.
Before that I had a 94 Explorer 4x4 4.0L that I also successfully rebuilt from the heads up. I got rid of it at 247k miles due to a wiring issue that I did not care to fix.