Bought a 1995 2.3L 5-speed black Ranger a few weeks ago.
Here's a list of what I've done so far.
Plugs (All 8)
Leaf spring hangers/shackles (everything)
Parking brake cables (all 3)
Spare tire holder (bent)
Plugs - These were the worst plugs I've ever seen. They might have been original
Muffler/Header studs - The exhaust was completely disconnected at the cat, both header studs were broken, muffler had a big hole in it. I pulled the header to drill out the broken studs, then weld in new bolts to act as studs. Then replace the cat gasket and replace the muffler with the smaller universal turbo muffler while adding aprox 5" of pipe to compensate for the smaller muffler.
Battery - Left me stranded at work, so it had to be replaced.
Leaf spring hangers - Common rust problems. They were all SHOT and the rear ones literally weren't even there. Spent some time cutting and hammering the old rivets.
1995 leaf spring mounts, exhaust,tune up, ignition cylinder
Parking brake cables - They were all seized, and I found the rear drum parking brake bracket in the glove box. At least I didn't have to dig in the junkyard for them! Making sure the parking brake functioned properly and fully retracted was a priority.
Drivers seat - The original was sagging badly so I found one in the junkyard. Pulled the covers off and washed them in the washing machine.
Ignition cylinder - The original was shot and could be started with a screwdriver. Took $15 and 5 mins to replace.
Spare tire holder - Another junkyard part. The original was bent up. Someone must have backed into something. Gotta have a spare imo.
Remote start - Just finished it this weekend. I wanted to get this done before it gets cold. Ironic that it's been 95 degrees today and yesterday. It's installed properly with the correct clutch bypass which I designed myself. To remote start you must follow a few simple steps (the manual calls this reservation mode)
- While the vehicle is running, set the parking brake and put the trans in neutral
- Turn the key off (engine stays running)
- Exit the vehicle
- when you shut the door, the vehicle shuts off
This is how the remote start knows that the vehicle is in neutral. If you've exited the vehicle while it's running, it must have been in neutral.