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Old 11-24-2009
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Illinois Ranger driver checking in...

Hello!
I'm an old retired guy with a 2004 Ranger Flareside, Duratec-engined.
This is my first Ranger, but vehicle # "God-only-knows" for this geezer.

I'm a retired Senior Research Technician; I spent my productive years working in the Corporate Research department for a large American oil company. I have 3 older children and 4 grandchildren; our youngest grandchild was born only 2 weeks ago.

My oldest son drives a Ranger SuperCab FX4; his job demands his presence, regardless of weather conditions, so he wisely chose the4WD, the 4 liter V-6 and "traction" tires...I believe he has BFG T/A's on his truck, and he's never gotten stuck with it, or been let down by his Ranger. When I decided I needed a small utility-oriented vehicle, but one with a frugal appetite for fuel, he recommended a Ranger with a manual transmission and a 4-banger engine. I followed his recommendation, and this trucklet has delivered in spades. Gas mileage on my 500 mile weekly commuting runs on the Interstate Highway system has been almost unbelievable.

Now, I use my Ranger as my daily rider, and fawn over it, dreaming up new modifications to personalize it, but I still strive to keep the vehicle appearing as if it were built "that way" at the factory.

My wife's car is a soft and comfortable 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis LS with the Performance Handling option, and my "hobby car" is a 1984 Ford Mustang convertible that shares the garage with "Grandma's car."

Okay, I've introduced myself and you know a little bit about me and my driveway occupants, so I'll stop blabbering and start reading about you folks. Thanks for allowing me to join you!
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welcome :)
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where about from Illinois you at? we have quite a few members here from Illinois.
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good to see you over here too now!
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Welcome from Illinois as well.
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welcome im from illinois also
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welcome to R-F, Ponyguy!
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Welcome fellow retiree.....
I had a 2.3 with manual before this one...great fuel mileage for sure.
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Howdy & welcome to the site. Post up some pics. when you get a chance.
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Welcome sir! You should put some Ford/Lincoln/Mercury wheels on the Ranger, such as wheels from a Ford Edge for example, to keep it "Ford Stock" without overkill. What color is your truck?
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hello from illinois and agreed what part of illinois? and post some pics
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