The 'ol #65...MylesOfSmyles '85 Ranger 2.3 4x2 build...
It's a Volvo lover's dream!
Having developed a love affair for the Volvo Redblock engine, from owning and working on so many RWD Volvo's, I found myself very intrigued by the Ford Lima OHC engines, which is so similar.
It was difficult to maintain focus, with so many cool looking 4x4, 2.9L trucks for sale, but they were all so far from what I want. I want a low little shop truck. My first truck was a '75 Chevy LUV, but I want something better.
I found myself the perfect truck!
It's a '85 Short Bed, with 2.3L EFI engine. I really thought it was going to be a carburated truck, but was pleasantly surprised when I found this! Only bummer is it's an automatic, but that'll change in due time.
First priority is to make it run...I believe it has a snapped timing belt...and get it SMOGged and registered. Sell that camper shell, get four good tires on it, Herculiner paint the bed and install my diamond plate tool box.
Not bad for $300
This truck began life as a Department of Agriculture Official Use Vehicle, for the State of California. Pretty cool!
It's my favorite color for these old trucks, baby blue!
I copied the original Craigslist pictures, for y'all too.
Last edited by Mylesofsmyles; 12-10-2013 at 03:26 PM.
Gave her some, the next day. I was so excited to get out of work, and start riddling with my new truck, and try to make it start.
I believed it was a timing belt, though the previous owner thought it was a starter. I called the local Auto Parts Store, and ordered up a new Gates timing belt, to be prepared.
Got home, with a charged battery and jumper cables. I could get the solenoid to click, but starter would not spin. I spun the crank pulley manually, to verify the motor was not siezed. It spins and feels like compression!
Fan off, accessory belt off, and timing cover off. Timing belt looks old, but fine. I still need to confirm timing and locate timing marks. Pulled starter and replaced it with a fresh re-manufactured unit...
Starter works Now!!! Sounds like compression!
I've left timing belt be, for now, as I want to get it started first.
No spark from coil...where do I start?
I found what looks to be a little distributor conditioner, it was loose in the engine bay...does it go here?
Also, while replacing starter, I found an orange wire that's in the same conduit as the starter ground wire...there was also a crimp ring terminal, with no wire on the starter bell-housing stud...do I just ground this wire?
Made my first trip in the truck today! Alternator seems to be working fine, so I took a chance and drove it down to the shop at work. It's nice to have lifts and a air compressor!
A tire mounting machine is handy too, when CL freebies show up like these...
My dream wheels for this truck! Jeep Grizzly's 15x7!!!
Dug up a decent set of tires at work, 225/60/15 for the front and 235/60/15 in the back.
All I had to do was buy a set of Acorn shoulder lugs, as to not damage the alloy's...
It's just a shame the hub bore is too small to fit the fronts; I'll have to visit a machine shop about that...
While I had the truck in the air, I changed the oil. New Motorcraft filter and Diesel 15w40 oil. I felt a loose hose, while trying to unscrew the oil filter. Upon further inspection, I found this, dangling and disconnected...
It appears like it could be for the coolant line, from water pump to cylinder head. There's a continuous hose back there...maybe this had been bypassed.