So I just bought the 87' XLT ex-cab a few weeks ago. So far nothing serious done to it. I started off with my useuall stuff on used rig's. Ran a can of seafoam through both tanks(first ranger ive ever onwed or seen with dual tanks, weird). Some ford racing floormats and steering wheel cover, visual stuff really. Found that I have a rear main seal leaking so I added some crap that is suposed to help the seal's swell up a bit more. Im planning on some new plug's and wires in a week or two.
But first I need a stereo, still has the original tape deck. The stock work's...kind of. Every time adjust the vol its squelches out really bad, plus I havent owned a cassette since 1994! After that it's the leveling kit for the front end, 4X4 store in Clarkston said they would do it for $100. Normaly I would do it myself, but I dont have the time or tool's anymore. Anyway, I will keep updating as I go.
So it's been a few months since Ive been on here. DOne a few things to the Ranger since then. I installed a new stereo, sweet *** JVC with all the trimmings(HD radio, satalite, bluetooh, ect...)
I had some new rubber put on. Got rid of the mix match 215's that were on it and replaced them with brand new 235 Cooper Discoverer STT's(that gave me a good 2 inches of lift from the old ones). Finnaly I removed the running boards, they made the truck look like it sat lower than it does. Plus im not a fan of running boards in general, except for the nerf bar style, those are ok.
Finnaly got the spark plug out. Ended up pulling the head sompleatly, and took it to a machine shop. that cost me $30. A new set of gaskets was $80. Im goin to pick up the head in a few hours and today ill start putting it all back togather, assuming I remember how it all goes back togather. I started out the project bagging and tagging every bolt, but that got tiresome and I just said screw it ill figure it out later lol.
nice truck. i got a '87 xlt with a 2.3 and i think i might have to pull my head off to get my plugs out cuz they r in there good. this comm college did the pulgs and wires last and i dont think that they did a good job
After I got her back up and running I noticed she was feelin a little gutless. I messed with the timing, changed fuel and everything to no avail. Then I finnaly realized the day I first had the spark plug problem I had filled the rear fuel tank, and added 300lbs of sand bags in the back for winter driving. After i ran the rear tank empty and removed the sandbags she was back to normal. I felt like an idiot lol.
Well to anwser Rolldogg, its a DD, but Ive got big plans. If I can afford it and make it work, ill have the drivetrain of a 2000 or newer in the body of my 87 (with a few engine mods of course).
Update to my progress with the truck: Well I put my old 10" Kenwood and older than the hills Kenwood 600w amp in it, finally some thump in the truck. Freebird still sounds so damn good beatin outa that old sub. Did the a/c conversion from r12 to r134a, but it appears my a/c compressor is not working, havent had time to trouble shoot it. Since my wife is now almost 5 months preggo and has a hard time getting in and out of her Tiburon, she gets to drive the truck for a while, hence the need to fix the a/c(it gets to the 120's here sometimes). Further work on the 87BAMF is postponed for a while.
Well looks like Im going to keep the 87' I need to fix the oil leak and have the idle set propperly. Hoping to sell our 08' Tiburon. We just bought a 92' Explorer XLT for a song and a dance, just under 70k and we paid $1200.00 Its in great shape and will be great for a family rig.
Working on getting soem pics. My PC took a dump on me so I have to use the public access one at work. Ill get some pics posted in Aug im sure,when I get a new computer. Lucky for me my company has a deal with Dell where every aug I can get a new PC at a discounted rate, 0 intrest and no credit check required, they take payments outs my paychek before taxes, Id prefer an HP tho, oh well beggars cant be choosers