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Mazda 1996/1999Ranger XLT conversion

This is what the truck looked like when I first bought it , 2 years ago , the box and fenders developed major rust and it was cheaper to by a parts truck


These are some pictures of the 1999 XLT donner truck. These are the parts used on the Mazda , front clip (hood is aluminum), the complete box , the carpet , some interior panels ,the drive shaft ,the exhaust system , the rad and shroud, the A/C compressor,and finally the alternator






This is the truck as it looks now. Other changes not shown are , Ranger power mirrors , power door locks , Explorer center console and upper information center,and a custom Stereo install






The seats are from a Mustang , they are Recaro's , I need seats with excellent back support , these do the job perfectly . They do need to be recovered as they are starting to show their age


After blowing the hanger bearing on the truck , the 2 piece shaft was toast , so I took the 3" aluminum one piece drive shaft and installed it . there were some clearance issues but nothing a hydrolic ram couldn't take care of.


The Mazda carpet was done , couldn't get it clean ,plus when it got damp it smelled like the farm , so I rep[lace the carpet with the one from the XLT, the sill guards were toast as well , so I trimmed the XLT ones to fit /


My Father made this new metal box to attach the hood latch to use the Ranger hood


I ended up getting a fuel door of a straight side box
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Reserved for stereo write up and pictures
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Nice. I for some reason always like Mazda Beds.
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This was last summer when I did the 1999 XLT

Update time , With the nice weather we are having I have started to work on the truck once again. Today I replace the latches on the cap I got a couple of weeks ago , it now locks . I also installed the headliner I covered with faux suede 2 weeks ago . This is the first headliner I have done so excuse the wrinkles .

This is the cap I got , yes it needs paint but then so does the truck

there will be more added in the coming weeks .
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A few more changes have happened to the truck ,
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I had a little trouble last week , the truck died , the engine was running ,just no go , this is why
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I was finally about to get the rims I wanted for the truck , I have 1 1/2 inch spacers on the front wheels , just waiting to get spacers for the rear .



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Lower it?
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Lower it?
In the works , gathering all the parts I need first , then it is getting a static 3/4 drop
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It needs paint really bad.... no more mods just paint.

Those wheels are sweet though.
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I agree. Is it going to be red still? Or one of the various other colors?
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It needs paint really bad.... no more mods just paint.

Those wheels are sweet though.
Yes it needs paint , that takes cash I dont have right now . I am hoping to get it painted in early fall . As for colour not sure yet , I have a couple of ideas , one is painting it the same red as the cab but with more metallic in the paint
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I finally got the truck lowered . I used DJM lowering components and BellTech shocks .

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thoughts on trying to plasti-dip it to see what colors you would want?
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thoughts on trying to plasti-dip it to see what colors you would want?
I am hoping to do something similar to this

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