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My cousin has ran this ugly pile for 5 years at tough truck events around ohio. I have also been running for 5 years but last season (2010) I didnt have a vehicle to run. Last year he built a Jeep and I got this for next to nothing. Was once an 88 Ranger 2wd 2.3 5 speed
After I ran it at 5 events I managed to roll it comming around a corner.
It looked like this
I jacked the corner up enough to make my second, and here it was upon unloading from the trailer
I stripped it down and pulled the "good parts"
I picked this up for $100. 85 2.8 auto 4x4.
I compltely stripped it to the frame, leaving only the axles.
The 2.8 was locked up so Im using the 2.3 and 2wd trans from the rolled ranger with a divorced nissan 720 pickup transfercase. Engine is sitting 4" back
Fuel tank is inside the tool box. Tanks is mounted down with 3 straps going over it and through 1/4" steel plate with six 1/2" bolts.
Toolbox lid is bolted down with four half inch bolts, the factory latches, and a padlock and key.
Currently have four half inch bolts going through the 1/4" plate to the frame, putting 4 more in after I go buy them.
Total wieght with full tank of fuel is about 300 pounds. I also have the ability to ad sand bags inside the toolbox for more wieght if needed. ( to keep it from nose diving on jumps)
Cab is sitting 6" back and the front is cut and bobbed. Doors, fenders and hood are skins only, total combo probably wieghts less than 200 pounds.
This is a prebent cage from jegs so it doesnt fit quite like I wish it would.
Front mount, Im going to be bolting the flat plate to the channel so that I can remove cage and cab.
The channel is set down over top of the factory cab mount.
Rear mounts. There is a solid piece fo 4" 1/4" thick channel that the cage is welded to, the channel will be bolted to these mounts. Thes emounts are 1/2" plate welded tot he stock body mount location with a 1/4" thick gusset welded on.
Rear loop and the halo. Cage is welded to the cab everywhere it come incontact with it.
one of the a pillar supports
Rear channel cross member
rear downward supports
other a pillar support
close up of the front frame mount welded to frame
Bent the door bar JEGS sent so that I have some elbow room
Today I started on the interior, becuase the radiator is inside the cab I had to box it in to keep from getting myself int rouble should a hose or something blow.
I dont have any fancy tools at my place so it snot as good as I could have done at my cousins shop but it will do. Top panel is screwed on so it can be easily removed to allow better access to the radiator and battery. Though the door does still open for quick access.
In this pohoto some of the stuff isnt all the way riveted down ( I ran out of rivets) so it looks a bit off but you can tell what im attempting to do atleast.
Seat and harness in
Front end, still needs a few finishing touches
holes to let radiator heat out
Had to get the visor from my old 2wd back on there for sentamental purposes :)
I'm not entirely happy with the front end around the grille but there wasnt much else I could do??