Making a true tow truck - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


New Ideas Have a new idea for your Ford Ranger? General discussion of new ideas for the Ford Ranger.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-13-2008
budwish's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: kings bay, GA....for now
Posts: 216
Making a true tow truck

heres my idea that will take a while but thought id get some opinions on it first. I have a single cab short bed 4.0 automatic 4x4, what i want to do is make it a tow truck for hauling different things and putting a lot of torque in it and make it pull out stumps and **** like that. Ive got a parts list going now and this is what ive got so far...
-big brake kit front and rear to help stop some of the heavier load
-wheels and tires to fit over them
-box in the rear frame
-strong springs in rear
-deep tranny pan with second cooler
-spool in rear end with big cover
-engine mods and exhaust with the last cat gutted

so do you guys think that the 4.0 is up for it if i tune it and mabye put in a different cam and other stuff, or am i just wasting my time and money
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-13-2008
04blackedge's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (13)
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 23,426
I think its a Ranger and thats all that needs to be said
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-13-2008
Roach2004's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 8,320
What you gonna tow? Imports? lol
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-13-2008
EdGe_wannabe's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Richmond Hill, Georgia
Posts: 4,306
With you being a single cab, you're too light to pull much (like other trucks out of the mud, etc)

Brenton
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-13-2008
budwish's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: kings bay, GA....for now
Posts: 216
haha nah mostly just furniture and other **** through the mountains so i need something thatll tow heavy loads on inclines, but i dont want to give up my ranger...ill find a way though..im good at it
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-13-2008
budwish's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: kings bay, GA....for now
Posts: 216
Quote:
Originally Posted by EdGe_wannabe View Post
With you being a single cab, you're too light to pull much (like other trucks out of the mud, etc)

Brenton
damn o well
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-13-2008
04blackedge's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (13)
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 23,426
You probably could extend your hauling capacity some but what would be the point? Unless your gonna start like a Ranger Moving Company, that would be cool. Its the little truck that could!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-13-2008
Roach2004's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 8,320
Are you talking about pulling a trailer or building a TOW TRUCK
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-13-2008
My91Ranger's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Roseville, Michigan
Posts: 2,252
I'm not so sure you would need to spool the rear end for towing? A good LS should be plenty.

Have you thought about gears at all?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-13-2008
budwish's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: kings bay, GA....for now
Posts: 216
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roach2004 View Post
Are you talking about pulling a trailer or building a TOW TRUCK
no im talking about towing a trailor and other stuff...not a tow truck
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 02-13-2008
budwish's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: kings bay, GA....for now
Posts: 216
Quote:
Originally Posted by My91Ranger View Post
I'm not so sure you would need to spool the rear end for towing? A good LS should be plenty.

Have you thought about gears at all?
idk yet i mean i have 4.10 gears and those are pretty strong as they are but idk im thinking
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 02-13-2008
rangerdan01's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Apex, NC
Posts: 359
I smell a stroker motor....4.5L with some 4.56 gears that will get you moving.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 02-13-2008
leadfoot's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: MA
Posts: 894
Import a foreign ranger diesel engine?
Airbags on top of leafs?
underdrive pullies?
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 02-13-2008
WowMike2001's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Stevenson, WA
Posts: 2,583
You will need to put in a tranny cooler, along with a heavier clutch.. somethign that wont give on the added stress.. alogn with soem good fluids to cope with that stress and extra pulling weight.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 02-13-2008
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: traverse city, mi
Posts: 209
my ranger is stock and it did just fine with 1000+ of wood in the back and a 5000+ chiper but not all at once
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 02-13-2008
99ranger4x4's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 12,198
imo if your gonna haul on a normal basis, trade it in for something that billows black stuff lol
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 02-13-2008
redranger4.0's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Firey depths
Posts: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by 99ranger4x4 View Post
imo if your gonna haul on a normal basis, trade it in for something that billows black stuff lol
Properly tuned diesels shouldnt blow black smoke....
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 02-14-2008
budwish's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: kings bay, GA....for now
Posts: 216
yea but sometimes the black smoke is cooler
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 02-14-2008
budwish's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: kings bay, GA....for now
Posts: 216
Quote:
Originally Posted by rangerdan01 View Post
I smell a stroker motor....4.5L with some 4.56 gears that will get you moving.
hell yea...i do work at an engine shop, it wouldnt be hard at all for me to do that
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 02-14-2008
Rolldogg's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Posts: 3,424
Well since the subject title is false.......you want to have a heavy hauler and not a "true tow truck", seems like you'll need a full size truck bud.

Hauling a couch and some chairs is one thing, but stump pulling and heavy trailer pulling.....don't fool yourself......full size is the only way.

Don't waste your hard earned money on the little Ranger.....unless you want to and that floats your boat.
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 02-14-2008
lifted97ranger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Charlestown, IN
Posts: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by redranger4.0 View Post
Properly tuned diesels shouldnt blow black smoke....


Quote:
Originally Posted by WowMike2001
You will need to put in a tranny cooler, along with a heavier clutch..
you just contridicted yourself.....you can't add a transmission cooler to a manual transmission, nor can you "upgrade" your clutch in an automatic transmission (automatics don't have that type of clutches)....



As far as towing goes here is what you will want to do:
- largest aux. transmission cooler that will fit in behind the grill
- deeper transmission pan (keep trans fluid changed on a regular basis)
- shift kit
- limited slip out back will do more than a spool will (a spool is for going only in a straight line, ie: drag strips)
- MAC rear end cover w/ girdles



stroking your engine shouldn't even be an option. If you are towing, a stroker kit will do more harm than good......


I recommend getting a full size truck...
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 02-14-2008
Glen4X4's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Pa
Posts: 108
Do it! :) lol I know how ya feel about your truck you rather build it up than trade it in for something else. put a 302 in it out of an explorer those trannys from the exploder 302's are stronger than the 4.0's tranny's anyway but still add a nice size tranny cooler, maybe even add 2 coolers. Make sure ya add some weight in the rear. The negative thing about the 302 explorer's are they all came with AWD or 2wd since your 4wd I'm guessing you wanna keep it that way, you can do a t-case swap into that tranny from an F-150. or else just bolt an f-150 tranny up to that 302 so you could have a regular 4wheel system. You have options plus with the 302 there are so many mods you can do with a 302 for power you'd just be better off with one unless your hard headed on your good ole 4.0.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 02-14-2008
lifted97ranger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Charlestown, IN
Posts: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by TeamExploder View Post
add a nice size tranny cooler, maybe even add 2 coolers.
2 aux. transmission coolers would restrict the transmission fluid flow too much to be effective. They would create more heat than they would dispence...
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 02-14-2008
Glen4X4's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Pa
Posts: 108
Ohh ok...didn't know that, I thought of doing that to my 95, guess I won't now.
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 02-14-2008
lifted97ranger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Charlestown, IN
Posts: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by TeamExploder View Post
Ohh ok...didn't know that, I thought of doing that to my 95, guess I won't now.
you just need to make sure that you add the aux cooler on the exit side of the stock radiator cooler (the lower line out of the radiator)......that way the radiator does its cooling first (usually down to 200* because of the antifreeze) and then the aux cooler can cool it down another 30*-40*.....
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
idea for a tow strap and tow supply bed box rangerstepside New Ideas 12 11-26-2013 06:54 PM
Can I tow 4x4 auto ranger backwards on tow dolly? ronsfun96gt General Technical & Electrical 33 08-09-2010 09:54 PM
making truck camper trailer ready kymudder08 General Ford Ranger Discussion 36 05-28-2009 08:39 PM
Ford is the only auto maker that doesnt have a true 4 door truck Downey General Ford Ranger Discussion 85 12-19-2008 11:12 AM
Kicking the idea of selling my truck.....true value of it? wanted General Ford Ranger Discussion 6 06-26-2005 02:32 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:40 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.