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Old 10-06-2008
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Well i'm not one to post many pictures of the work I do on my truck but I wanted to show off all of the work I have done this summer. I've been very busy and have gone through alot of parts. Please let me know what you guys think. I think i've built a pretty capable truck that has reliability issues.

Beginning of the summer i changed the truck to a manual, going from an AOD to a T5 clutch cable set up.

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T5 getting prepped
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Destroyed flywheel from AOD that was less than 6 months old
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I broke the solid motor mounts at some point so I pulled the motor out, welded the crossmember because it was cracked, tore apart the motor, replaced most motor gaskets, sealed all leaks, cleaned up alot of the parts, painted the intake, oil pan and front accessories, replaced the motor mounts with rubber mounts and put it all back together.

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Motor Coming out
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Motor Tear Down
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Engine Compartment Before
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Engine Compartment Cleaned, Painted, and Wires Bound
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Repaired Crossmember with 1/4" Plate welded on
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Cleaned Motor
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Motor about to go Back In!
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While putting the new trans in I had to cut a hole in the floor so I pulled all the interior, painted over any rust, and put down sound dampening matting.

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No Suprise rust gets bad on a 1990 ranger so I replaced to back panels of the truck by welding in new panels, and I bedlinered the bottom of the truck to once I fixed the rust.
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I changed out the front coils on the truck from the 4" Rough Country coils to 6" Skyjacker softride coils. Much better ride plus the truck sits closer to level now, thanks justin for the help installing them!
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I also have horns for the first time, just a simple dual horn set up.
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I spent alot of time on the interior of the truck as well, I built myself a full console in two pieces, the front has several switches wired in as well as the brake controller, stereo remote, and the MP3 plug. I installed a cobra CB and a Firestick antenna. I modded the screen on the CB to match the rest of the interior. I also installed a vacuum/boost gauge to help watch my fuel economy since i'm OBD 1. I found some nice seat covers that tighten onto the seats and have lots of storage, and i put sub covers over the 10" subs so they don't get damaged with all the gear coming in and out of the cab. The shifter is a hurst short throw shifter with a massive boot, hurst extended shifter arm and an old school shift pattern ball.
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I also did alot of work to the exterior of the truck. I boxed the front of the frame and added a 1/4" tube crossmember for support, as well as 2 D-links for recovery. Billet Aluminum grill with a Fast emblem. Tinted the windows myself, 20% in the back, 35% on the doors. Put on my MB Motoring 15" Aluminum wheels. James Duff Traction Bars. New balanced driveshaft. Extang Tonneau Cover. I rolled the bed with Duplicolor bedliner, several coates on there now.
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I built a custom CAI for the truck since they don't make one for a 302 ranger. It has a conical air filter under the battery box with an Air-Raid prefilter on it.
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Couple pics of the entire truck
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The truck towing our 26" travel trailer. Notice the lack of squat!
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A little mudding and trail riding fun upnorth.
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Some of the most fun I had with the truck this summer was drag racing at Milan. Thanks to Rich for all of his info and expertise!
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I ran a best of 14.95 an 90 mph. There are 2 video's below. The first is against a supercharged Chevy SS and the second is my best run. My parents are talking alot in the backround. I'm the one squeeling tires off the line, couldn't hook to save my sole but still put down 2.0 60 foot times.
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This honestly isn't even everything, i've replace the battery, starter, harmonic balancer, pulled the trans atleast 10 times, I made a brand new trans crossmember for the truck, i've replaced oil lines 3 times, i'm sure several fuel pumps, 4 clutch cables, and i'm sure even more i'm forgetting.

If you made it through all these pics, props to you, let me know what you think.
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Rob, I didnt get to talk to ya much at the meet, but I thought you had a pretty gorgeous Gen 2, one of my favorites of that generation. I like your mods... You've put ALOT more work into that truck than many people would know...hell, I wouldn't even have known had I not seen this thread..
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Looks great man, almost exactly how I will build mine. I want a truck exactly like yours but black. Theres one around town thats completely mint, I'm just waiting for him to put it up for sale.
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The pictures are not loading for me, but I know it looks good Rob.

I Noticed several of these changes yesterday compared to seeing under the engine back last year at the Canada meet.

I know you have had a ton more issues than I glad you are still sticking with it!

I still feel bad about your interior! :(
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Rob, I didnt get to talk to ya much at the meet, but I thought you had a pretty gorgeous Gen 2, one of my favorites of that generation. I like your mods... You've put ALOT more work into that truck than many people would know...hell, I wouldn't even have known had I not seen this thread..
I should have never bought this truck, I had no clue what I was getting myself into, but its alot of fun so i've continued to put alot of money, time and effort into making it right.

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The pictures are not loading for me, but I know it looks good Rob.

I Noticed several of these changes yesterday compared to seeing under the engine back last year at the Canada meet.

I know you have had a ton more issues than I glad you are still sticking with it!

I still feel bad about your interior! :(
Yea photobucket is having issues tonight, not working so great.

I think most of my interior has dried out now
haha don't sweat it bro.
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I like it too! Once you get all the bugs worked out do I hear...."pre runner set up?"
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love it man, looks great
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sweet ice cream truck!
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Bad *** ride dude. Please let me know that youlove your 130amp alternator as much as i love my on my stang.
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I'd love to have your truck
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I LOVE that gen. I used to own a '90 XLT Lariat, after seeing yours, I may need to find me another one.
Damn that's a nice truck.
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Man I usually don't like that body style but I have my hat off to you, very nice truck and love the motto BUILT NOT BOUGHT I feel the same way did you get the decal custom made?
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Looks clean but i still know where all the sand is hiding...


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I like how you made use of that fake vent! Im putting a ohc thing in mine (hopefully)
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Man I usually don't like that body style but I have my hat off to you, very nice truck and love the motto BUILT NOT BOUGHT I feel the same way did you get the decal custom made?
I bought the sticker off of ebay, some guy sold 3 for like 2 bucks.

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Bad *** ride dude. Please let me know that youlove your 130amp alternator as much as i love my on my stang.
Yea that's a 3G alternator, but its actually 200 amps, and yes I do love it, will run anything.

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sweet ice cream truck!
Haha yea thats my old mans, has a chevy 350 in it.
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Alright, the pics came up.

Nice work. Your truck is like the Gen 2 Ranger God. lol
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Truck looks good Rob.
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Sweet Gen 2 man. You have put a lot of work into it and it has paid off.
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I want your truck!
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Nice job man, your truck kicks! I wish I was more mechanically minded so I could do more myself.....
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Nice.. I especially like the sticker on the rear window.

I do however think your truck will look better next summer when I get that far away perspective... in my rearview mirrors.

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Bad ***
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that is one fine piece of machinary. awesome job!
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Nice job man, your truck kicks! I wish I was more mechanically minded so I could do more myself.....
I've learned ALOT from all the repairs i've had to do to this truck. If only I knew all of this when I bought it.

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Nice.. I especially like the sticker on the rear window.

I do however think your truck will look better next summer when I get that far away perspective... in my rearview mirrors.

Rich
We'll just have to see after a winter of work! Might want to start stock piling cases of Dr. Pepper now.
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Truck looks sharp. Good job.
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