It's an 84 Ranger that I eneded up with because the owner dropped it off at our shop for electrical wiring and when he found out his newly rebuilt motor was seized, he abandoned it. The truck has no title so it may very well never see street driving.
This is by no means a race truck. It's purely for fun and will be run at those amatuer tough truck competitions held at the monster truck shows. The goal is to use as much stock stuff as well as JY stuff to keep costs down. Bang for the buck is the name of the game.
83-84 Rangers got stamped beams and some 84s got forged beams. I took a peak and they are definitely not stamped. Since it presumably has forged beams, I'm going to have these beams extended about 4-6" after the radius arm mount on the beam and plate them. The truck wont be lifted very much at all, maybe 4-6” with springs. I also found a poly bushing kit on ebay for this truck for about $170 that I plan on using.
Eventually if I find some F-150 front steer king pin beams and spindles for cheap I will go that route, but until then these are the plans.
Motor will be a 302 backed by a T-5, a 9” with 31 spline axles, 4.11 gears, spool 15x7 or 15x8??? Cragar Soft 8 black wheels, 31x10.5 BFG ATs. Cage, x-members, upper spring bucket reinforcement, and more stuff along the way as it comes up.
As far as my budget goes, it is somewhat limited, I start a new job in January once I finish school, and I will not spend $1K for a beam kit since this is a just for fun BS truck. Plus, I have a vintage Mustang build, and a future dirt track car build that require financial attention as well.
Definitely not stamped
This is the guy who suggested the 302, his name is Windsor.