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thinking of buying '91 ranger, 2wd auto, reg cab: Q's

I'm considering a '91 ranger, 2wd, reg cab for ~$700 from my friend. I think it has ~90,xxx miles and has an auto 3.0 V6.

Aside from the basic know-how, is there anything in particular I should look for?

And it doesn't really matter, but, can I fit a 10" sub in the standard cab? How horrible will it be in the snow? And are there any big/good looking tires that I can fit on there with no modification, that might help me in the snow?
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I'm considering a '91 ranger, 2wd, reg cab for ~$700 from my friend. I think it has ~90,xxx miles and has an auto 3.0 V6.

Aside from the basic know-how, is there anything in particular I should look for?

And it doesn't really matter, but, can I fit a 10" sub in the standard cab? How horrible will it be in the snow? And are there any big/good looking tires that I can fit on there with no modification, that might help me in the snow?
yes, kinda and BFG a/t

ya you can fit a 10 in.....you just have to take all the stock boxes and mounts out.


BFgoodrich has a tire that would do well. the all-terrain
14" wheels......yep they have them for those and they will fit stock

depending on the axle it might have the limited slip......it will be better with it

look for rust on the underbody

if its a longbed, its the same exact thing i have........its a good reliable truck if you keep basic maintanence
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i have a 92 and the 3.0 will last forever i have 240,xxx on mine and still running strong
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Ok...so my friend dropped off the truck today on a trailer, and I'm not as worried about the tires and stereo.

What worries me is once I start the truck, there is little to no brake pressure, so I can push it all the way to the floor and I won't feel the truck slowing down. If I wait, the rear tire will, however, lock up.

Where should I start looking to fix this problem? It doesn't look safe on the street at all...
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I also looked on my driveway and noticed fluids dripping...so I have reason to believe that a brakeline is possibly leaking.

Can I fill up the brake fluid reservoir just so I can get it to Midas or a Ford dealership and have them replace it next week?
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I also looked on my driveway and noticed fluids dripping...so I have reason to believe that a brakeline is possibly leaking.

Can I fill up the brake fluid reservoir just so I can get it to Midas or a Ford dealership and have them replace it next week?
no good with repairing them yourself?
you might have to trailer it there.
either your brakes are really low or you do have a leak in the lines.
it would be a lot cheaper to do it yourself.......i would help you but you dont live near me
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yeah, its def not safe for the streets yet.. tow it to ford/midas
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Ehh..I've never done brakes before, and the locals that I've talked to all anticipate a busted brake line, which is something better left to a mechanic.
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Here she is (pretty dirty/beat-up)

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thoughts?
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thats not bad man, less rust than mine has
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looks bad ***
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after a wash:

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And how do you think the front grill looks, painted flat black (photoshop)?

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PAINT it black. My grill is painted flat black and love it. Would love a billet one though myself.
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damn man, thats a good ps!
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PAINT it black. My grill is painted flat black and love it. Would love a billet one though myself.
How did you do it? rattle cans? If so, how did you prevent the paint from chipping off and getting the heat from the engine?

And thanks about the ps...I didn't do it the right way, but eh...it worked!
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i painted mine with ratle can as well.. it hasnt chipped yet! ( i primed first)
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primer rattle can and rattle can black. now it is starting to chip, but that is my own fault. Not the spray paints.
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Nice...I'm definitely going to do that soon before the weather gets too cold for a paint job.

Also, what do you guys think of light bars on top, with driving lights on the bottom?

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Then maybe a bed cover, fender flares, 15" wheels wrapped w' 31" bfg at T/A's...wait no. I'm getting ahead of myself.

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na lower it!
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that is a O-G ranger,looks pretty good
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I dunno about the drop...like this:

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But either way, the mods are in the distant future...in the mean time I need to get the brakes fixed.

Does anyone like the drop?
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screw everyone else. do it how you want to do it. if you want it high, lift it. if you want it low, drop it. its all in what you want. not everyone else
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well, it looks like I def. have a leaky brakeline...and now the cap ripped off of a lug nut...I don't have much time (full time work/classes), and I don't have much patience...so money for light bars and tires is just going towards getting those brakes fixed...
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Im the king of cheap but I wouldnt touch a rusted brake line. I wouldnt tow either though. Get a buddy and a BIG can of brake fluid and head out early in the morning and drop it off at an INDEPENDENT mechanic. Dont use a chain (Midas) or a Ford dealer.

Could be a decent truck. I didnt like the foglights or the lightbar. Id say drop it. A friend of mine had an 89 with 265/50/14s all the way around. He also had 2 10" and 2 6" subs behind the seat. He is about 6' tall and had to sit a little sideways but the truck looked and sounded sweet.
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update: the only parts that are salvageable on the brakes are the driver's side caliper, master cylinder, flex line from the driver's caliper to the steel line, and partial brake lines to the rear drums.

Most of the stuff is frozen with the pistons pushed all the way out of the cylinders, so the caliper can't even be taken off of the rotor. The screws, mounts, and lines are all pretty much rusted to ****. Most of the things need replacement, and they're going to be a b!tch and a half to take off.

I don't have any time to do any of this, and my patience with rusted/moody parts is slim to none. I dropped it off at a shop, and it's going to cost ~$1,000+.

So forget light bars, fog lights, tires, and wheels...let's just get it to operate properly first! :)

And in an apathetic way, I'm thinking money into mods might be a waste on an old truck like this. If I want big lifts and roll bars, I should do it to a newer truck. I mean I'll throw in a sub/amp/wiring kit that I already have (because I absolutely can't stand music without it), mount some $20 fog lights, and get all-terrain tires for winter...but that's just about it.

What do you guys think?
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