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And thus, it begins.

A couple of days ago my sons and i started on cleaning up our hand me down truck. We took the bed off (6 bolts and 1 wire harness plug, no big deal) to make the shackle flip easier. We used a wire brush to clean the frame up and
sprayed it as a rust inhibiter. Didn't really [I]choose[I] red. It's just all we had.



I also went to the Junkyark today and scored these:



So now I can fix this:



We have also finished the 60/40 to 40/40 seat mod except for sme stitch work:



I know it's just an old turd of a truck, but we have fun hangin out together.

Truck ..... A Hand-Me-Down.

Door and Fender ....... $95.00

Getting to work on your Grandfathers last truck with his great-grand children.......... Priceless!

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are u gunna restore it or lift it?
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lol, nice tomatoe orange frame.....pick up some rustoleum hammered black or undercoating when you get bolts for the shackle flip
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are u gunna restore it or lift it?
We're gonna do the 2/3 level/lower mod. I don't think our level of expertise qualifies as a restore. lol Just cleaning it up as much as we can.

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lol, nice tomatoe orange frame.....pick up some rustoleum hammered black or undercoating when you get bolts for the shackle flip
Lol. It's btight isn't it. Yeah we wanna paint the frame but don't know if we wanna leave it that color. But yeah i'm leanin toward the black too. hehe
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Hell yeah! I always love projects like this. Looks as if your enjoying yourself, as your boys hopefully are to! Cherish these times! I am 19 and still love when dad will come out and turn a wrench or two with me. :D
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Cool. I always wanted my dad to help me work on the truck, but that's a super rare occasion if I just need third hand.
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A couple of days ago my sons and i started on cleaning up our hand me down truck. We took the bed off (6 bolts and 1 wire harness plug, no big deal) to make the shackle flip easier. We used a wire brush to clean the frame up and
sprayed it as a rust inhibiter. Didn't really [I]choose[I] red. It's just all we had.



I also went to the Junkyark today and scored these:



So now I can fix this:



We have also finished the 60/40 to 40/40 seat mod except for sme stitch work:



I know it's just an old turd of a truck, but we have fun hangin out together.

Truck ..... A Hand-Me-Down.

Door and Fender ....... $95.00

Getting to work on your Grandfathers last truck with his great-grand children.......... Priceless!

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We got the fender and door put on:



but my lines are a little off. So we gotta work on that. Any suggestions are welcome.
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The striker in the door frame can be loosened and moved for a little adjustment at the rear of the door. The front is just the door hinge bolts. Just loosen them a little and move the door down a little at a time until it lines up.
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Update part 2!!!!

Well we got the 2/3 lower (shackle flip and coil cut) done. But i think i wanna go another inch in the back.

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It was actually about 2.5 to 3 hours of work, but my two boys and I successfully drug it out to two days. Pluss it was about 9000 degrees out there. Florida, go figure. I got a buddy who runns a local paint and body shop who's gonna hook me up with some yellow paint and his shop to spray it. Thanks to all those who helped me with tech stuff, i really preshate it.
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That is so cool your are doing this with your kids. I still remember building my 88 ranger with my dad 20 years ago, good times.
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Nice project, looks like it's coming along well. What engine is it running?
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looking good!
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i dont like the idea of yellow but its not my truck
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Great project. I wish i had a project to work on with my dad.
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Nice project, looks like it's coming along well. What engine is it running?
Its got the 2.3L 140 c.i. 4 cyl. with 97,800.
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i dont like the idea of yellow but its not my truck
The yellow is from my first over the road truck. A 2002 Mack Vision. It was yellow and all my leters were a really heavy sorta green and the two colors look really good together. So thats why we're leaning toward a yellow with green collor scheme.
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looks good, correct me if i'm wrong, but i think all a shackle flip is good for is 2"... to get a 3" drop you need the flip kit with the shackle
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Its got the 2.3L 140 c.i. 4 cyl. with 97,800.
...and you're going to turbocharge it? its super easy to do.....
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looks good, correct me if i'm wrong, but i think all a shackle flip is good for is 2"... to get a 3" drop you need the flip kit with the shackle
All the posts i read referred to it as a "2/3 lower level mod" or something to that affect. Mine came down right at 3 inches. But i'm thinking i want to go at least 1 more inch and ill probably just get a block for that.
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...and you're going to turbocharge it? its super easy to do.....
As a matter of fact sir, now that ive got the body back together, I am researching engine options. A turbo kit is definately an option.
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All the posts i read referred to it as a "2/3 lower level mod" or something to that affect. Mine came down right at 3 inches. But i'm thinking i want to go at least 1 more inch and ill probably just get a block for that.
your probally right, thoes might be a little heavier then the newer rangers thus the 3" drop
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