Yeah... yeah. I know. I've been putting off the SAS for a good year now, and here I go again with another one. But this quite by accident (or so I'll claim).
So I've had the 07 for over a year now, and quite frankly, the Cooper tires that were on there were driving me bananas. So I've been searching for awhile now on something to get that would be an excellent road tire and I figured since the 99 is on hold, get something that would be a sweet looking wheel to make the 07 into something I could be proud of.
I ended up choosing a set of Black S Style Mustang Wheels from Americanmuscle.com (18x9) as well as 255/55/18 Falken Ziex Tires. So far these handle and ride extremely well. But I'm getting a head of myself.
So long story short, I picked up the wheels and tires this past week as well a new set of Edelbrock Perfomer IAS Shocks. Plan as of Wednesday 3/18/09 was to go home on Saturday , change oil and filter, swap out the new shocks, remove the nerf bars, and get the new rubber on.
Well, that plan only lasted until Thursday. I had free time and got anxious so I decided to put the new wheels and tires on.
Got home today, so all I really had to do was swap out the shocks and change oil. Went over to my Uncle's house, who just got a new shop built with a 5 ton crane and a hoist. Needless to say, it kicks ***. So we get the Ranger up on the lift and I've changed the shocks and oil in under 3 hours. Excellent. One problem I did find is that my passenger side front axle seal appears to be leaking so I have to get that fixed.
So I go back to the parents house (20 minutes away) and I start looking at the truck. And here's when it hits the fan. I start thinking, what the hell. I've been thinking about taking the flares off and debadging the thing for awhile. Lets do that, give it a good wash and see what it looks like.
3 hours later, I've taking pretty everything off the truck and I'm cleaning all the leftover sticky goop for lack of a better term off. So yeah. Now I have a pretty damn sweet looking truck, but another full blown project.
Why you ask? Because now I want to turn this thing into a show truck. So here's my plans.
CURRENT TO-DO LIST
- Lower the truck 1 inch up front and level out the back with the front (I will be asking questions about this shortly).
- Remove the mud flaps
- Fix the driver side mirror (I broke a piece of it awhile ago and forgot about it until I washed it)
- Weld up all the holes left from the Fender Flares
- Weld up all the holes left from the Tailgate Badges
- Weld up all the holes in the bed rails from the previous owner
- Fix up the dents everywhere
- Swap in a 05 STX Grill or 08/09 Sport Grill (might be the same)
- Re-paint the entire truck Screaming Yellow
- Look into swapping disc brakes onto the rear from an SN-95 Mustang
So yeah... I've got the bug again. Also, some problems I've already ran into.
Like I mention, front axle seal is leaking. Need to fix that.
When removing the front fender flares, there appears to be one full blown metal rivet. See picture below. Not really sure how to get that one out, but I'll probably drill it out when I'm closer to welding up the holes.
There are all sorts of holes and dents from the previous owner on the bed. He must have had a topper and actually drilled the topper straight to the bed rails. See pictures.
There is a ton of leftover glue and goop from all the crappy stuff the previous owner had on the rails. I should have taken the rail caps off sooner, but they seemed decent enough.
Not so much a problem, but I think if I had to do it again, I'd go with a 17" wheel. I love the setup I have, but I think a 17" would just fit the size of the truck a hair better.
Anyway, here's some pictures to help guide you through the process.
Original Truck a week after I bought in last February
Truck as it sat at 9am this morning
Truck as of 5pm
Odd Metal Rivet from Front Fender Flare
Drilled holes in Bed Rail
Glue and holes on other Bed Rail
Holes and Glue on Tailgate