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Old 04-25-2008
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im sure michigan is just as bad with the whole salt thing..

all of the gray spots on my truck are rust spots that i need to remove.
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Yeah... I'm going to be cleaning off the frame on the 99 when I tear into... nothing like 9 years of rust between the UP and Wisconsin to make a fun project. Granted the UP isn't bad. They use all sand up there because with the shear amount of snow they get they don't waste money on salt.

Anyway, I digress. The projects looking great D. Make sure to keep us posted. I'm really looking forward to the color (at least knowing what it is).
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it helps a bunch if you can wash it weekly. i do mine no matter the temp. but i also park inside every night.

D any reason for plating the frame where you did?
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D any reason for plating the frame where you did?
Yep. There sure is ! You will find out what for after Brian drops off what hes milling at his shop.

SPEAKING OF HIM, did you ever hook in that temp sensor adaptor he made for ya?

Anyway.. on to today..

Decided to just do a ' loop ' for the body work. start at the cab on the drivers corner and end at the passengers corner.

Talk about clear coat falling off or flaking everywhere..



Door.. right on the bodyline. This is teh only dent I'm not looking forward to dikkin with..


Mirror and door ledges..




Handle and lock area..


THIS surprised me. All solid!




I can't wait to clean the inside of this thing out. Its been sitting since.. October and has that ' funk '...
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blue truck, red torsion bars?
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Yep. There sure is ! You will find out what for after Brian drops off what hes milling at his shop.

SPEAKING OF HIM, did you ever hook in that temp sensor adaptor he made for ya?
i figured as much! you like to keep us on the edge. i could guess but...

as for the adapter yep! been using it for a good 2-3 years. its been a while since i have seen ya!
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that door looks like it has been replaced and someone did a crappy job painting it.
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Good progress D. I REALLY want your white interior pieces. I would trade you my professionally painted blue pieces, but I have power junk.

Brenton
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that door looks like it has been replaced and someone did a crappy job painting it.
Actually, the cab and both doors have been replaced twice. My truck came as a 2door cab, after the first wreck I picked up a 4door cab.. didn't like the 4 doors, the cab itself was weak.. wrecked again.. back to what I started with.

I also never went back to sliding glass in the back either. I had a piece of 3/8ths lexan cut and put in after the first wreck. If the law allowed, I wouldn't have any ' real ' glass in there at all.

As for tonight..
I ground off the paint and used the rivet welder on the door to pop out some of that dent.. The problem is, I ( as an unknowing soul ) tried knocking that dent out with a block of wood from the inside when it first happened and made it WORSE. Theres a bunch of dimples from where the corner of the wood block was..

I might have to gut the whole door and have it ' stamped ' on a press at Brians shop.. then go from there. Dunno.
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Good progress D. I REALLY want your white interior pieces. I would trade you my professionally painted blue pieces, but I have power junk.

Brenton
I sent them out. a woman I know locally does ' plastic ' coating. I dunno exactly what she does, but I can even flex the pieces while yanking them off and they don't crack or anything. Its like a powdercoating for plastic.. I'm not really sure what all she did or what she used but it was under 50$ for all of it.

I need to ask her if she can do the dash itself. I dunno if the process requires some form of ' baking ' or anything like that.
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blue truck, red torsion bars?
Yep. Whenever I replaced or worked on anything underneath, I painted/coated it red. When the blue cathodes are on, they appear a purple color.
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i figured as much! you like to keep us on the edge. i could guess but...
Heres a hint : It WILL hook-up and go quite straight.

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as for the adapter yep! been using it for a good 2-3 years. its been a while since i have seen ya!
Has it been that long?
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Has it been that long?
atleast spring 06 or fall 05. my pictures date 07-04-2005? and some in october of 05
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D. I have to say its really cool to actually see you workin on the truck. Keep it up!
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D. I have to say its really cool to actually see you workin on the truck. Keep it up!
With playing in a band and doing those recordings for a year, then school on top of it.. There just wasn't any time.

Now with doing an internship and not doing music for a while, I have the time to get involved into this.

I had a date set on when I wanted to have it ' all done ', but I've dismissed it. I dunno when I'm going to get to the engine and tranny but everything else should fall in place in a relatively short time span.
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Rain and damp air sucks!
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Nice D.

Hi D., looks like your coming along very well. Are you planning on using a roll cage? Oh I decided to take your advice and search for an older model ranger to "fix up". I didn't want to ruin this:

This truck aint been washed or waxed since august of 2006 and I live on a dirt road. Plus this looks too good to do any more mods to it. I thought about an 87 Ranger but it wasn't working for me. The 94 Stepside looked really good until I saw the frame. That truck went to the crusher. What model would you recomend?
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Hi D., looks like your coming along very well. Are you planning on using a roll cage? Oh I decided to take your advice and search for an older model ranger to "fix up". I didn't want to ruin this:

This truck aint been washed or waxed since august of 2006 and I live on a dirt road. Plus this looks too good to do any more mods to it. I thought about an 87 Ranger but it wasn't working for me. The 94 Stepside looked really good until I saw the frame. That truck went to the crusher. What model would you recomend?

If you want a truck to drop a good engine into, and be a fun fixer upper.. look for a late 80's.. like an 88' ranger.. Take a look at this, its actually the truck I'm selling right now, someone is about to pay 500 cash for it here.. but it will give you an idea of a fantastic work truck/play truck.. And PLENTY of room in the engine bay to work with, along with no fancy dancy electrical **** to worry about.

http://portland.craigslist.org/clk/car/649923246.html
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Gentlemen.. Please take that to the classifieda areas and let me use this thread in regards to how I'm trying to rebuild my ride.

Thanks.
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Gentlemen.. Please take that to the classifieda areas and let me use this thread in regards to how I'm trying to rebuild my ride.

Thanks.
D.

Ahh sorry D, wasnt too clear.. the truck is already sold.. just giving him a picture.. should have taken it out of this spot though!





Sorta half wish you coudl stick to that blue color on the truck, minus having all those nasty cracks all over the place.. I think we can owe it to that nasty quick paint job some of these trucks get at the factory :-(
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Ahh sorry D, wasnt too clear.. the truck is already sold.. just giving him a picture.. should have taken it out of this spot though!
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Sorta half wish you coudl stick to that blue color on the truck, minus having all those nasty cracks all over the place.. I think we can owe it to that nasty quick paint job some of these trucks get at the factory :-(
Actually, it was from a local collision shop after they replaced the cab and doors ( whole front end actually )
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Thanks Mike I appreciate that. I haven't had any luck in finding a donor yet but I am still looking. Sorry about that Big D. should've let you knew in another way that I decided to take your advise though. Your project looks pretty good.
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D i just spent a good hour or so reading this thread.... the truck looks like its coming along nicely!

after reading about everything, i have a question.... is there anything original still untouched in the truck? lol. seems like you've either ripped apart or replaced or built stronger just about every inch of that truck so far.



and if you paint the truck that color it's going to be awesome, lol.
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Put the bed on tonight. Truck is looking GREAT!

Now he just needs to paint it pink, add a rubber ducky, and he'll be ready to show young punks they should think before they wager....
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D i just spent a good hour or so reading this thread.... the truck looks like its coming along nicely!
Thank you!

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after reading about everything, i have a question.... is there anything original still untouched in the truck? lol. seems like you've either ripped apart or replaced or built stronger just about every inch of that truck so far.
Umm.. I believe the headlights are original still? They might have been replaced when I hit a sement barrier a few years back.. Can't remember. The bed is original but its been ' modded ' of sorts now. Doesn't have the flare holes anymore and its been braced and undercoated. Bumper is gone.. cab and doors have been re.. WAIT! Lower control arms are original! YEP! Theres something! I think the Y-pipe on the exhaust as well but it was modded to clear the Tranny.

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and if you paint the truck that color it's going to be awesome, lol.
Right now, its still sonic blue. I had the paint and decided to just ' use it ' to see how lacking my skills were. I have very POOR painting skills to say the least and I'm glad I wasted the sonic blue this first time just to see how it would come out.
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