Before I got the underdog light tabs made in bulk on a cnc plasma cutter, I always tested fitted them on my truck to make sure I had the holes correct. Having the grill off made it very easy to test fit them.
Also I sold an old ranger of mine that had a busted headlight from a chicken hawk. I pulled mine off to make the other Ranger complete.
I'll have pics soon. Ranger will be going back under the knife for a lot of little things that should make good how -to's. Headers, rear sliding glass, and crank oil seal.
here's an update on old blue. I have new motor mounts that are different than stock, so i wanted to get them installed before sending the motor off to get rebuilt. I'm gonna bump the compression from a low 8:1 200 HP or so up to high 9:1. I would imagine upper 300's Hp easy when its back.
oh, looks like the engine was blown up in the past, based on the welded up hole in the oil pan. I ts the rusty area to left of the motor mount.
Motor mount installed:
All the accesories removed. Its currently on a pallet in the back of my truck. I'm dropping it off tomorrow:
while the engine is off to the shop, I ordered some other goodies to work on. I'm getting rid of the two (one side mount and one rear mount) gas tanks and getting one oversized 38 gallon rear tank. This will get me clean gas and 300 miles to the tank- and make room for a dual exhaust:
1 45-0342 TRANSMISSION MOUNT 1 REQ 1
1 43-5048 GAS TANK-38 GAL-REAR MOUNT
1 43-4030 SENDING UNIT 1 REQ
1 47-3600 SOCKET-TANK SENDING UNIT 1 REQ
1 49-8642-T FRONT FENDER-LH REPRO 1 REQ
1 49-8643-T FRONT FENDER-RH REPRO 1 REQ
If you saw it on TRUCKS, you understand what I am attempting.
I layered paint, no visible primer to create the fake aging. I used duplicolors lacquer system. I brushed on a layer of black, the sprayed and or sprinkled drops of red oxide (1 part black to 4 part orange=red oxide). After that I sprayed the blue over everything.
After drying I wetsanded the finish, which brought out the high spots of the black and red oxide. Here is the end result, half with the patina and half with the final paint. Not quite done, but you get the point: