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Old 09-04-2009
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All stock parts wayne or are you lifting it?

I love the pics, you can see all the other fords in the background, well besides the white jeep. :)
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Old 09-08-2009
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I need that lower center of gravity for the granite slabs.
Stock height. New springs are mainly cause the old ones are rusted badly.

the rear will most likely have the airbag helpers so I can adjust after loading.
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Old 11-23-2009
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I got the front back together, enough that i can roll it around. New springs. new urethane bushings. painted black.

I still need to put the steering rods on.

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looking great! I have a friend building a tow/recovery vehicle based on an older F250 frame, F350 suspension and a 56 F100 cab.

I dig purpose built vehicles.
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Old 11-27-2009
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Looks like it's coming along nicely. What happened to the front of your Ranger a while ago?
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Old 11-27-2009
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Before I got the underdog light tabs made in bulk on a cnc plasma cutter, I always tested fitted them on my truck to make sure I had the holes correct. Having the grill off made it very easy to test fit them.

Also I sold an old ranger of mine that had a busted headlight from a chicken hawk. I pulled mine off to make the other Ranger complete.
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O I C. Do you have any current pictures of your Ranger? I've always loved it.
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I'll have pics soon. Ranger will be going back under the knife for a lot of little things that should make good how -to's. Headers, rear sliding glass, and crank oil seal.

here's an update on old blue. I have new motor mounts that are different than stock, so i wanted to get them installed before sending the motor off to get rebuilt. I'm gonna bump the compression from a low 8:1 200 HP or so up to high 9:1. I would imagine upper 300's Hp easy when its back.

oh, looks like the engine was blown up in the past, based on the welded up hole in the oil pan. I ts the rusty area to left of the motor mount.

Motor mount installed:


All the accesories removed. Its currently on a pallet in the back of my truck. I'm dropping it off tomorrow:
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now i really miss my old 78 F-350 Super Camper Special
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Old 02-03-2010
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while the engine is off to the shop, I ordered some other goodies to work on. I'm getting rid of the two (one side mount and one rear mount) gas tanks and getting one oversized 38 gallon rear tank. This will get me clean gas and 300 miles to the tank- and make room for a dual exhaust:

1 45-0342 TRANSMISSION MOUNT 1 REQ 1
1 43-5048 GAS TANK-38 GAL-REAR MOUNT
1 43-4030 SENDING UNIT 1 REQ
1 47-3600 SOCKET-TANK SENDING UNIT 1 REQ
1 49-8642-T FRONT FENDER-LH REPRO 1 REQ
1 49-8643-T FRONT FENDER-RH REPRO 1 REQ
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I got back on it again. First was filling in the hole in the firewall that had the old a/c-heater:


I layed plastic on with blue tape, then cut the blue tape to the size I wanted:


I stuck it down on the new metal and cut to size:


And tack welded it in place:
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I tackled one of the larger rust areas but forgot to take finished pics.



Lastly, I added bedliner to the interior in places that would be covered or not seen:

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I bed lined the interior of my 77 F250 too. Hopefully it will make a difference with reducing sound and vibration
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abs insulated firewall panel installed, along with gas and brake pedals, and windshield motor:



original but painted brake booster:



painted dashboard. I'm using the duplicolor quarts of lacquer. So far so good:

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Old 04-19-2010
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Looks good. I'll be checking back in this thread for sure. A great project log.
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Old 04-22-2010
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Here's a peak at my "fauxtina"

If you saw it on TRUCKS, you understand what I am attempting.

I layered paint, no visible primer to create the fake aging. I used duplicolors lacquer system. I brushed on a layer of black, the sprayed and or sprinkled drops of red oxide (1 part black to 4 part orange=red oxide). After that I sprayed the blue over everything.

After drying I wetsanded the finish, which brought out the high spots of the black and red oxide. Here is the end result, half with the patina and half with the final paint. Not quite done, but you get the point:





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Love the blue!
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I installed the aftermarket A/C box and ran the ducts. I'm losing most of the glovebox:



But its high enough to not interfere with the passenger:


And here is the best pic I can give to describe the project:
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Engine should be ready this week.

38 gallon tank installed:


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finally got the motor

460 cubic inches. 10:1 compression, aluminum edelbrock heads..............




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0_o mmmm looks good
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That's gonna be sick. I really want to swap my 400 out of my farm truck for a 460. Just need the cash
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Wow, I'm not used to seeing wood on an automobile. Keep those updates coming, it's looking good.
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i got the engine in. headers, distributor, and fuel pump are ordered.



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This makes me want to hurry up and finish my grandpa's '76
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