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Old 03-25-2009
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Official notice of what I talked bout at the Ranger Meet in Knoxville!

This is gonna be my version of a Rat Rod and I doubt it's what they (the Rat Rod crowd) will be expectin:

Startin with this, less engine, trans, wheels & tires:
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Picked up a 2" fiberglass bolt-on hood cheap:
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Unloaded after 4 months on the trailer & cleaned up for first time:
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And of course the RAT:
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Would like to have it ready for the late summer Cruise-Ins and possibly the Oct. meet, but with my hours bein cut at work, kinda slowed thoughts/progress of the build, so may be next year before yuns see it out!

Will post updates as I go along, within reason................

AND to all you diehard blue oval folks: I don't wanta hear any negative crap bout Chevy in a Ford, as most know, I've done it before, and if ya don't like it, don't read/view/comment on it!

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sick !
That's gonna be able to lay some scratch!
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its cool, your oval wears a bowtie....classy hahaha
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Cool hwip!
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Awsome.. I'm a big fan of true rat rods. I just don't like some of the weirdos behind them. Personally I like a more refined hot rod. But.. one that you wouldn't be afraid to drive anywhere, anyplace, anytime.

I can see by the cowl hood.. your not a true RR knuckle dragger. Just a regular knuckle dragger.


btw, if you pull that body off.. are you going to box the frame? Seems like a standard ranger frame wouldn't be strong engough for some serious twisting?
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No problems with the frame. Pretty much anything a 350 can throw at it will hold together still...
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Icon14 UPDATE 4-8-09

Well, been tinkerin with the RatRanger..............

Modified the radiator support for easier access:
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Removed the bed for ease of access, tossed the PITA fuel tank, removed the rear suspension to include brackets:
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And installed my NEW Explorer front spring mounts:
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More to come>>>>>
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Icon2 Update 4-11-09

Was a busy-beaver today:

Rear suspension mod done with the exception of weldin the spring perches once I get the pinion angle set & get my new shackles......
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Rear crossmember removed, notched rear frame horns, installed 2X4 tubin to rigid it up, made shackle mounts out of black pipe that fit some bushings I found and mounted them to some 1/4" angle iron:
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BUKOO room for Pro Street tires now:
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Done for now:
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Icon2 Update 4-12-09

Installed my shackles today:
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But as most know with mods, things don't always go your way.......for my setup, I'm gonna have to fab up some shock mounts, as I can't use the original ones as expected....no biggy, AIN'T THE FIRST TIME!
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lookin good so far
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Great progress. Can't wait to see some full truck pics.
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Icon2 Update 4-14-09

Went with longer shackles to level it up some, frame is 19" from ground:
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Made some shock mounts (1/4" flat stock & piece left from 2X4 rectangular tubin cut in half), haven't decided whether I'm gonna weld em on or bolt em:
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GLAD you guys like it, looked good on paper & thought, and so far, all has gone as planned with a couple issues that were easily resolved.
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there is a rat in your garage
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there is a rat in your garage
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Looking good. I bet you'll be able to spin whatever size tire you put on pretty easy.
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looks awsome keep it up
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Icon2 Update 4-21-09

Shock mounts installed........had to modify crossmember above the rearend to strengthen it for the shocks to mount to it:
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Only thing left now is to weld up the spring perches after I set the pinion angle.....................
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looking good bro
I like what u did with the leaf springs very nice

keep us updated!!
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Are you staying with the 7.5 axle?
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Are you staying with the 7.5 axle?
Ain't no 7.5 under my truck(s), green one has a 8.8 outta 98 Explorer, the Rat Ranger has a 8.8 outta 92 Explorer, and may be tradin for a 8.8 outta 2000 Explorer this weekend...........
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dude, that's awesome.

What's the specs on the big block?

I say tub it, it would look seriously cool
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Icon2 Update 5-2-09

Got my gauge panel made finally:
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Also made my switch panel:
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ALSO picked up this 2001 Ranger steerin rack ($45 at salvage yard in Knoxville) with intentions of puttin it in place of the steerin box:
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Nobody claims to have done it, so I reckon this lil' 94 will be the guinea pig
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How will you benefit from changing over to a rack from a gearbox?
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I'm keeping an eye on this... I'm anxcious to see the results
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How will you benefit from changing over to a rack from a gearbox?
CLEARANCE! Big blocks take up alotta room.....
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