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Old 04-21-2010
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1988 Ranger Economy Build

Here's the beginning of the end of my wallet...

If i didn't spend enough money on one ranger...now i have two, but i really mean it when i say i am spending as little as possible on this truck

1988 Ranger, 2.3, auto, reg cab, shortbed, 2wd, black, red interior, purchased for $600 undriveable, the trans fluid would pour out as fast as it you pour it in.

4/15/10 Purchased vehicle and brought home on a tow dolly

4/19/10 Removed transmission for repair

4/20/10 Replaced vacuum modulator, tail-shaft seal, tail-shaft gasket, both side servo covers, pump seal, bell-housing seal, bell-housing bolt o-rings, trans pan, pan gasket, filter, torque converter and converter seal.


So far i have acquired all the parts (brand new) i have replaced and spent $49.20 total

Plans at this point are to repair what needs to be repaired, do some preventative maintenance, lower it and drive it. If money allows, id like to fix the rust that the truck has and do some body work

Tomorrow i will be replacing the oil pan gasket, oil pressure sending unit and hopefully installing the trans

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sweet wish i would have made it by in time to look at the truck before i came back home oh well ill see it next time. good luck with the project
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sounds good Justin! you need some pictures to go with this thread!
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ill take some tomorrow when im working on the trans and stuff, the only pic i have right now is in the first thread and nothing exciting
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pics or GTFO! you know better justin! go take some right now damnit
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jealous, im going to be looking for one of these gem stones soon enough to drive everyday......
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Although this is an economy build, Justin will be receiving a donation from me in the form of parts. He was forced against his will to take the parts. He put up a good fight. :) And only a few people know what it is.
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I think I saw it on facebook lol DB?
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any parts donations are accepted and will be used!
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how many turbo parts do you want me to send up?
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^^^ do it you wont
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how many turbo parts do you want me to send up?
haha im sure this old tired 2.3 would be sooo fond of putting boost to it. i know nothing about turbo set ups so you would have to arrive in the box with the parts

ok so,

4/22/10 Install oil pan gasket, clean oil pump pick-up (clogged with gasket), install transmission, install dream beams

Thank you very much to grant for working on it with me for 17 non stop hours, thank you very much to zach for helping and for supplying a new radius arm bolt and passenger side radius arm bushing. and THANK YOU TO TYLER (0rangeredge2) for supplying the BRAND NEW dream beams!

now i will wait until the parts get here to flip the shackles in the rear...on with pics!

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Oh that looks nice!
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Very nice!
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Your going the wrong way!!! It needs long travel!
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Looks great!!! I'm glad I could help out. Just a small token of my appreciation for all the help you've given me over the last couple years.
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Looks Great!
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After work today, grant, zach and I lowered the rear by flipping the shackles and pulling a leaf, and installed 4 new shocks on it. I opened the radiator cap for the first time to find a slime of stop leak and a half full radiator so we will see where that leads

only pic i have for now....and removed the cap

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Looks good Justin, needs to be lower LOL!
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I like it Justin! Now you just need some wheels and tires!

btw those are some killer shoes! haha
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AWESOME!! They complement eachother very nicely!!




btw....I want those shoes!!
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new wheels and tires tomorrow...surprise surprise
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Looks awesome. Cant wait to see the new wheels and stuff tomorrow!
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Prepare to s*** bricks when you see the truck with the wheels and tires. It's killer!
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Nice find, that's gonna be a nice little truck with a some TLC. I'm jealous, I've always wanted a Gen 1 too fix up.
Have fun with her!
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