Haulin Glass! -a 5.0 Ranger build
I posted an introduction to myself and the truck in the introductions section, now time for a build thread. This is the story of an under powered 3.0L Ranger that found a new life as a V8 shop truck. The truck is for the business I work for, Auto Glass & Muffler Center in Moberly, MO, and will be our new shop truck/mobile glass installation/business card. After we are done I will make a full DIY guide with what we've learned.
-Factory installed appearance
-Kevin. Lead technician and shop manager. He's a Chevy lover, and we do hold that against him.
-Brian. That's me! Grease monkey and source of wonderfully bad ideas. I'm a Bimmer fool, so I'm here to make it handle with no concerns on if the turn signals work.
Today we started and made a bit of progress on getting the suspension and rear axle swapped. We took the 3.73 geared rear end with posi and discs and stuffed it in the Ranger. This got us the drop in the rear we were looking for, and managed to be able to use all the Explorer parts except shocks and sway shock. The torque arms will need to be mounted to the frame with custom mounts, but by swapping them from one side to the other they lined up with the narrower Ranger frame. Lower shock mounts both needed to have the bolt tabs repositioned at a different angle. The driver's side bolted up perfectly, however we had to put the passenger side mount on sideways as the Explorer uses rear mountsand the Ranger uses a front/rear set up. The sway bar will need to have frame brackets fabricated and shorter links. Brakes plumbed in with factory fittings, even the parking brake cables fit.
Going to pull a leaf from the Explorer springs from each side to add to the Ranger's springs to form up the ride. That combined with the torque arms, good shocks, and beefier Explorer sway bar should keep the rear end planted and level. Traction shouldn't be an issue with the 315's we plan on putting back there. Now we just need to get the front suspension sorted out and we are in business to make it go fast.
More to come!