I just got this truck last weekend, and I am on a limited budget, but I will gradually be modifying it as time goes on. This is my first ford truck (had a tore ***/taurus, and a lincoln town car.. guess which one I actually liked.)
I've owned a lot of other vehicles, chevys, VWs, hondas ETC.. I'm not totally unfamiliar with a wrench.
I don't like the ergonomics much in the ranger, the shifter is too far to reach with the seat where I like it... and I am not going to spend $200 on a hurst shifter.
When I am still sitting cozy I can get the shifter under my first knuckle, that won't do!
So far this is all I have done for it:
What you are looking at is just a test fit of a custom layback shifter I fabricated for the truck. This part is almost done now, and it took all of 3 or 4 hours total.. I guess I just made $50 an hour lol.
I cut the original shifter off the base, welded a threaded section of hex stock on, then threaded, tapered and bent a piece of aluminum to suit my needs.
I'll be putting the stock cupholder and shift boot back on the rod, so I didn't bother to make it pretty.
I also found an oldschool momo ergonomic **** kicking around in a box in the garage, so I have redyed the leather and I will put that on it until I decide on what I want to fabricate instead.
More to come eventually.