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I just happened to see a pic with the plate. here you go.

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Nah about 2 hours east of dayton actually, too bad we couldnt meet up for a few
This is true ...
How do you guys keep the salt from eating your Rangers up?
I had to take immediate action to stop the rust on this 2004.
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Nice looks like fun :)
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I need to know what the best kind of rust inhibitor to use on the frame. I'm probably gonna replace all the shocks because the previous owner didn't know how to wash the salt off the truck.
(WD-40 is out because I was just told that it's just kerosene and water)
I might put some some kind of coating on it too.

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Nice looks like fun :)
Yeah, It is fun driving a Ranger with a 5-speed coupled to a 4.0L
That thing will get up and go.
Oh yeah ... another thing this kid done. He put a cherry bomb muffler on with clamps and the exaust came apart while I was pulling it down the Interstate at 60 MPH. Some guy in a van was pointing and hollering at me and the truck, and I didn't know the he** was goin on until I pulled over.
I had to rip the rubber hanger apart to get the back end of the exaust off because I didn't see any other way to take it off (no bolts or anything)

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I need to know what the best kind of rust inhibitor to use on the frame. I'm probably gonna replace all the shocks because the previous owner didn't know how to wash the salt off the truck.
(WD-40 is out because I was just told that it's just kerosene and water)
I might put some some kind of coating on it too.
I just paint em with rustoleum. Of course I wire brush it and wash it first.
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I just paint em with rustoleum. Of course I wire brush it and wash it first.
Yeah, that's what I'll probably do ... Do you use flat black and how many cans do you think I'll need for a extended cab frame?
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It only takes around a quart but I buy a quart of gloss and one of flat and mix it with mineral spirits, it gives it a sorta satin color. If you use spray cans it would probably take 4 or 5 and I recommend one of those spray attachment things, your trigger finger will get tired...lol
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It only takes around a quart but I buy a quart of gloss and one of flat and mix it with mineral spirits, it gives it a sorta satin color. If you use spray cans it would probably take 4 or 5 and I recommend one of those spray attachment things, your trigger finger will get tired...lol
I didn't even know you could buy Rustoleum for a spray gun ... I don't think I'm gonna mess with the spray cans ... that would wear my fingers out.
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You can get it at Lowes or Walmart.
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If you have the cab and bed off of the frame, do yourself a favor and put some POR-15 on the frame-don't waste your time with Rustoleum.
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If you have the cab and bed off of the frame, do yourself a favor and put some POR-15 on the frame-don't waste your time with Rustoleum.
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Thanks for the tip Mike ... How much does this POR-15 usually run?
I feel for you guys that have to deal with the salt. Ford should put some kind of special coating on the trucks that are going to be used up North.
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Is there any way at all I can avoid swapping out the complete in-dash wiring harness?
All I need to do is put the 4X4 cluster in with the lower mileage and the 4X4 shift on the fly switch. I'm hoping that stuff will have electrical connectors that I can unplug from the harness.(If someone knows about this please let me know)
If I absolutely have to switch out the whole thing I'm gonna need to go to a salvage yard and get a harness with power windows,power door locks and power mirrors.
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I had the same problem when I converted my 00. I ended up adding the 4wd wires to my harness but then ran into a problem with the abs.(the truck was rabs and the gem was 4wabs) I ended up putting in a second gem temporarily but its been in there for a year...lol
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I had the same problem when I converted my 00. I ended up adding the 4wd wires to my harness but then ran into a problem with the abs.(the truck was rabs and the gem was 4wabs) I ended up putting in a second gem temporarily but its been in there for a year...lol
Ok, I see why I can't use my in-dash wiring harness now. It's not because of my cluster or the 4X4 switch it because of the different ABS systems.
I wouldn't have a clue on how to put a second GEM in ...lol
So, I guess I'll start calling salvage yards now.
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did you get the bed off the red truck? Looking for a regular red bed :)
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i think the back half was totaled sully. but please wait for a response.
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did you get the bed off the red truck? Looking for a regular red bed :)
Actually the guy that sold me the truck still has the bed for the truck and it's in mint condition. But I don't think you would want it, because it's a step side bed.

It's in Clarksville,OH ... if you want his # just send me a PM
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I just got back from the salvage yard, and I looked at a 2001 4X4 in-dash wiring harness and I could see that the 4X4 selector switch is hard wired into the dash harness, so I can forget about using my
2WD in-dash wiring harness and the cluster wires on there had 3 connections on the 2001 and they are hard wired in.
So, I'm definitely gonna have to get a 2004 or 2005 4X4 wiring harness with PW/PD/PM and I guess while I'm at it, I'll ask for one with fog lights because my 4X4 didn't come with fog lights for some mysterios reason and I'm assuming the fog light wires are all wired into the in-dash harness too.
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ahh ok, thanks though. cool build man!
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Ok, I see why I can't use my in-dash wiring harness now. It's not because of my cluster or the 4X4 switch it because of the different ABS systems.
I wouldn't have a clue on how to put a second GEM in ...lol
So, I guess I'll start calling salvage yards now.
You have to get into wiring diagrams and splicing wires, its a pita
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ahh ok, thanks though. cool build man!
Thanks man ... I can't wait till it's done.
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You have to get into wiring diagrams and splicing wires, its a pita
Yeah, I figured it would be a major pita.

I went to 3 different JRs here in Louisville and they didn't have what I needed. Actually I was really close to getting what I needed and then the guy was like "It has manual windows and door locks would that be ok?" and I was like OH SH**!
I finally got tired of driving around, so I got on car-part.com and found exactly what I need in Blountville,TN and I'm gonna have it shipped out to me.
The JR adventure wasn't a complete loss though ... I got a 4X4 bezel with the fog light switch for 20 bucks.

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They just cut the whole thing off
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Here's the metal plate I'll need to remove. (What size bolts are those?) 8 or 9 mm?
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