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Ford Ranger Crew Cab Wanted

Hey guys im new on this forum but I have had four Rangers. I am wanting to get another one however I want a crew cab version like in Mexico or the UK, etc. Anyone know of any in the US or know how hard it is to get one here legally?
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Unfortunately it wont happen. if you get it over here you won't be able to legally drive it on the road.
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Just getting it across the border is a pain with Customs
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Thats a bummer. I would love to have one of these.
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Hmmmm opens up the custom world. It won't pass emissions they stopped that loophole years ago. You used to be able to register them as hot rods to get more lenient standards but they stopped that in 98. You might be able to take a long wheelbase truck and make one I've seen it done before one guy used some explorer back doors on his. It can be done but how much work/money will be the question.
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I have wanted one sice I saw it on line. THe truck I saw came from Argentina, 4X4, 4L, auto, crew cab XLT w/ a 7 foot bed. If I had the $$ I fly down there and buy one and drive it back or ship it. As long as it didn't come back through California (Smog laws suck here) I would not worry about it. Once It is here they need to deal with it. California has a law for dual registration called the golden rod rule where you need to register a truck in this state if you live here and you car/truck is reg somewhere else. I had a F250 that was reg. in Oregon while I worked/lived in Cal. Until I got caught. Cal wanteed $900 to reg. while OR wanted $33 for two years. I reg. in both for a while then dropped the Cal. F. Them. I have dealt with DMV here with salvege/wreaked/lost title and what you need to do is find someone that knows THEIR job registering cars/trucks down at the Department of Motor Vehicles. As long as you have the correct paper work you can always get a car/truck registered. If they didn't reg it for instance, here in California DMV would be tell a boat load of people that they can't bring their cars in to the states. Our government does not F... with the moneyed upperclass. If the did there would not be any ASIAN or MIDDLE EASTERN people here driving their personal cars.
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You like to think it's simple to register it, but it isn't.

People have tried, several times
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I don't know why a truck purchased in another country would be so hard to register. Maybe its the smog requirements for that state. I just moved from San Francisco Bay Area and know of several people down there who have flown to the EU and bought cars/truck/motorcycles, drove them around Europe on vacation and then brought them home to the USA. Vovlo, BMW's, Mercedes Benz (including a Uni moog truck). I know it may have been hard here in California for years because of the state restricted the amount of diesel engines in paasinger cars/trucks that could be brought in (but I think that was for new purchases only, not currently register vehicles). I don't know if that is still true today.
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I don't know why a truck purchased in another country would be so hard to register. Maybe its the smog requirements for that state. I just moved from San Francisco Bay Area and know of several people down there who have flown to the EU and bought cars/truck/motorcycles, drove them around Europe on vacation and then brought them home to the USA. Vovlo, BMW's, Mercedes Benz (including a Uni moog truck). I know it may have been hard here in California for years because of the state restricted the amount of diesel engines in paasinger cars/trucks that could be brought in (but I think that was for new purchases only, not currently register vehicles). I don't know if that is still true today.
Europe has stricter emissions standards than the US. That's why there isn't a problem bringing European cars to the United States
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I don't know why a truck purchased in another country would be so hard to register. Maybe its the smog requirements for that state. I just moved from San Francisco Bay Area and know of several people down there who have flown to the EU and bought cars/truck/motorcycles, drove them around Europe on vacation and then brought them home to the USA. Vovlo, BMW's, Mercedes Benz (including a Uni moog truck). I know it may have been hard here in California for years because of the state restricted the amount of diesel engines in paasinger cars/trucks that could be brought in (but I think that was for new purchases only, not currently register vehicles). I don't know if that is still true today.
These people are buying US spec versions of their cars and saving on import taxes by bringing them in personally. Its basically a free vacation, and you'd think more people would take advantage of it. My parents did it for a Volvo. They got a discount on the car, free plane tickets to sweden, one hotel night, a factory tour, and a euro license for up to two weeks. It doesn't work for non US spec vehicles. Auto industry lobbyists have closed the doors to exotic imports.

Easy way: buy a sport trac
Hard way: go down to mexico and buy a four door cab from a junkyard, then stretch your frame and add it in
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Yeah no easy way Im an emissions inspector in Georgia they won't allow foreign registrations its all government red tape. If its not an american VIN then you are SOL.
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I understand. But, why doesn't these people who want something like this just buy it and bring it into local compliance. Back in 1982 my neighbor brought a Chevy van from back east here to California. The state made him pull his non-stock intake, exhaust, carb., and air cleaner to pass smog. After he was done, he put the old stuff back on. My earlier example was an Argentinean truck which I think comes in a diesel and a 3.0 flex fuel engine. I think it would be easier than a cut and paste job to make one.
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I understand. But, why doesn't these people who want something like this just buy it and bring it into local compliance. Back in 1982 my neighbor brought a Chevy van from back east here to California. The state made him pull his non-stock intake, exhaust, carb., and air cleaner to pass smog. After he was done, he put the old stuff back on. My earlier example was an Argentinean truck which I think comes in a diesel and a 3.0 flex fuel engine. I think it would be easier than a cut and paste job to make one.
If it is a vehicle that is not sold in the US, you would have to provide several examples for EPA and crash testing. Most of them you would not get back, and there is no guarantee it would pass. This is the reason that so many low volume / specialty cars from abroad are not sold here.
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You also referenced 1982 by 98 all those loopholes were removed you can't even do engine swaps using all american parts without a ton of headaches now.
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I have wanted one sice I saw it on line. THe truck I saw came from Argentina, 4X4, 4L, auto, crew cab XLT w/ a 7 foot bed. If I had the $$ I fly down there and buy one and drive it back or ship it.
This must be a new thing.....because I've NEVER seen ANY true 4 door Ranger with anything other than the short 4' bed. Regardless of what market it was made for. Got any pictures?
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If you look around you might pick one up. There was a four door ranger for sale up the road from my house here in florida and it sold quick.. if you're in the market i would keep watching for one. You'll find one despite what others says they are around in the us. I think they are uk spec but hell, who cares as long as they are legal.
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good luck. none of those south american rangers with the 4 door option have airbags. it'll never pass a safety inspection in the united states.
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