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The Last Step

I'm calling my new truck "The last step", because I looked at about 12 stepsides before deciding on this truck.

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Truck 1999 Ranger XLT 4x4
D.O.B. 04/99
Cab Super cab
Bed Stepside
Wheelbase 126
Motor 3.0L V6
Tranny Manual / 5 spd
Gear Ratio 3.73
Suspension Stock
Tires 235/75R15 Federal MS351 A/T
Wheels 15x8 Ultra Style 062
Stereo Stock Single Disc CD Player
Paint K7 - Bright Atlantic Metallic
Mileage (At Purchase) 84470

Pictures from purchase - 08 / 22 / 2010

Interior

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Exterior

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Progress today - 08 / 28 / 2010

- Detailed and Loomed my engine

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- 4x4 decal disappeared

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looks good
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Clean truck, nice !

So many mods to be done, where to start ?
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Well...

Today, I did the Silverstart 6k headlights and Silverstar backup bulbs... HOLY **** what a difference that made!

Plans include
Tonneau
Clear corners
LED Third Brake Light
2001+ Clear tails (baked and color matched)
Tint Windows
Twist and 31's or 32's
16x8 Classic locks (color matched rings)
Functional Powerdome hood
Billet Grill
Explorer Sport Front Bumper
Manual 2006 Mirrors
Visor with Clear Lenses
K & N Filter
Single in/Dual out Exhaust
Rollpan (possible)
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Well...

Today, I did the Silverstart 6k headlights and Silverstar backup bulbs... HOLY **** what a difference that made!

Plans include
Tonneau
Clear corners
LED Third Brake Light
2001+ Clear tails (baked and color matched)
Tint Windows
Twist and 31's or 32's
16x8 Classic locks (color matched rings)
Functional Powerdome hood
Billet Grill
Explorer Sport Front Bumper
Manual 2006 Mirrors
Visor with Clear Lenses
K & N Filter
Single in/Dual out Exhaust
Rollpan (possible)
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Looks good.
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Clean truck. Looks very good.
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ahhh fords bright idea of a no options at all 4x4. is it 2 dr or 4? im gonna guess its two, thats how my last truck started w no options.
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not a fan of the ricer gauges or the ricer plastic under the hood, but what can you expect for used. truck looks clean
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ahhh fords bright idea of a no options at all 4x4. is it 2 dr or 4? im gonna guess its two, thats how my last truck started w no options.
yeah, it is a 2 door 4x4 truck. I wanted the 4 door but i couldn't find one in my price range...

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not a fan of the ricer gauges or the ricer plastic under the hood, but what can you expect for used. truck looks clean
Gauges came installed. Will eventually put white faced Explorer gauges and get rid of the flames. I put the blue loom on because I was bored... engine bay too plain... and I'm still a kid...
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Update for today

This morning dealer was paying, so I put truck in shop for charging system issues. Cost THEM 70.77 because I didn't wanna mess with a new truck very much. Turned out to be a regulator fuse. 30A but do not know where it was.

Then, at 3pm I had my appt for my local Ford dealership. changed the wiper arm/multifunction switch. FREE!! Recall was on 99-00 Ranger that was built in a few cities like the twin cities. About 188 total parts cost. Whatever it was was causing the wipers to go off at random times... Fun to watch but it got annoying quick. Although, it did start some conversations when they were needed.
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nice truck any updates on the modding
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I'm not too fond of the gauges or loom but it's all good. The gauges you had no choice...got stuck with 'em. lol. I like the name...."The Last Step". It's sort of a oxymoronish name which makes it sorta funny. While it may be the last step you finally purchased, oh no, it's the first step to emptying that wallet for mods!! lol.

Keep the updating coming....good progress.
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Wirelessly posted

The loom will most likely come off. The gauges... I'm taking donations of white or silver faced stock gauges that I could to blue glow with.

Yeah the name was an interesting choice. My wife came home one night and said "I'm done with these old p.o.s. trucks, let's get you a new one." I automatically knew I wanted a '98-'00 ex cab steppie.

We looked at probably 12 steppies, some were auto, some 2wd, some with 4 cyl, some I couldn't get financed. I gave up and started looking used for an earlier year.

I came across this one and it was the easiest vehicle I ever bought. The last step being the last steppie I looked at and the last truck I looked at. Yay!
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Very good Tim. I happen to have a white faced explorer cluster available. Shoot me a PM. I haven't yet posted up a classified ad for it yet.
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wow, there was a recall on the multi-function switches? wtf i need to go take mine in
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TSB 00B41 (i think) It was a recall for the wipers intermittently going off on there own...
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Well, Blew the right rear and rode on rim for 2 blocks. Luckily, it was more of a flat and the tire was under the wheel taking the abuse not the rim itself.

That means new tires tomorrow!!! Les Schwab Wildcat Radial A/T (31x10.50). Had these on my old Explorer and LOVED them. Good grip in the rain, decent 4wd traction for off road, and last forever. They have a 50k warranty on them for anything to happen to them. Any reviews?

Then on Sunday, I meet up with Swickwake in California, to get a tonneau cover for by bed. Anyone know if a Wal*Mart rattle can blue will somewhat match my Atlantic Blue Metallic?
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(10/02) Saturday's aftermath...

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And I scored a valance, need to fab up some kind of brackets for my 6" fogs.
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(10/03) Sunday's aftermath

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Got my sticks'
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Artsy-ish
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Getting the paint soon...

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Where do I get lock cams, and striker plates??

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good work but im not sure on that valance, looks like a 93-97 (or so) and i dont think that it will bolt up to ur bumper but i could be wrong.
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It is a 97 valance, but looking at the bolt patterns and shape, it looks to be the same. I'll have to check it out and let you know. Valance was only 5 bucks though...
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