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Old 09-11-2008
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This Ranger's hurtin'

My '97 xlt 4cyl needs some exterior reconditioning (some interior too). I've been neglecting the **** out of it pretty much since I bought it ('05) except for the required repairs and engine maintenance stuff. Kept telling myself "whatever, its your beater, who cares what it looks like" (i've got a mustang in the garage that gets pampered like a queen in comparison).

Anyway, popped a rear brake line leak the other day and got me thinking about how much I actually like this truck and don't want to get rid of it. It still only has 58k or so on it (I bought it with 49k for a couple grand) so it deserves to be held onto a bit longer.

primary exterior concerns are:
1) Paint: got rust coming up all over and the entire body looks like it got into a fight with some 10-ton cat--scratches everywhere. Should I just sand these spots (there're alot of them), prime and paint them with a spray can, or should try and see if I can get a cheap full paint job from a body shop?

2) Chrome/bumpers/front grill: just about everything that used to be "chrome" is now chipping and looks like crap. I was thinking maybe trying to get new bumpers and front grill from a salvage yard. What model years are bolt-on w/ no modding req'd? (I can't weld). Or is there another alternative to dealing with the chrome parts?

suggestions are welcome. (I'm already working on the brake line issue)

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I painted my grill gloss black on my 93 it looks way better than the cheesy chrome that was chipped up anyways
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picssssssss plz
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pictures

Sorry for the delay
Keep in mind this was a 30 minute job. I got the truck for practically nothing and just wanted to get rid of the faded gray crap. I polished up the headlights with a powerball and mag wheel polish they were very yellow.

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