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rebuilding the 97

I bought this truck to do it up like my first one so.... I'm going all the way with it. (except that window banner..... not going there). I still need a bug fugger and headlight covers. If anyone has some.....

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Plenty more to do, just waiting on parts. Front clears, bug fugger, headlight covers, fogs, etc....
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Looks pretty good needs a v8. The red sure is vibrant.
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Damn that's in good shape! Looks good.
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Looks pretty good needs a v8. The red sure is vibrant.
If I wanted to make it even more unbalanced and nose heavy, sure. :) I love me some 4 banger!
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to be honest, i likeed the way it looked before, but if you want it to look like an 80's mini truck, then go right ahead
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I shall. :)
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to be honest, i likeed the way it looked before, but if you want it to look like an 80's mini truck, then go right ahead
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I mean it looks pretty good, dont get me wrong. but i like the cleaniness of it before. the stripes and all, and the eventual painted headlightcovers is too much business going on.

IMO, just lowering it and throwing some nice stang wheels on it or something would have set it off
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You're missing the point of owning this truck and having looked for it for a year and a half.
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You're missing the point of owning this truck and having looked for it for a year and a half.
I get it, its the nostalgia of it man.
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Truly is, but also I never did like the truck much in pictures. Looks much better in person. You can even tell in a video that the pics are not doing it any help.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d5...1/7c8b8417.mp4

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i think a wider stripe would look better, i see the skinny ones a lot. but again, i guses it isnt so much a modding thing as it is getting it back to how you remember it.
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As always a clean Gen 3.
it may even be cleaner than mine. but lets not get anyones hopes up to much.
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I was too busy to take pics today but here are a few off the iPhone real quick.



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you still need to paint that chrome surround to color matched if you're gonna go this route. and continue the stripe down that. the chrome surround sticks out
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^ I agree. It wouldn't stand out near as much painted red to match!
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Already did that on the other truck, don't like it.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/attach...ine=1312092615

Chrome rocks. Painted **** is for XL's. This was the last great XLT before chrome bumpers started going bye bye. They had them on the 98-01 but it's like "meh".

Easiest $8 and twenty minutes I have ever spent on this truck and the difference in removing vibration and slop is immediately noticeable.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...#ht_1268wt_941

Mine was only showing some light cracking under the weight of the tranny, but the sag was obvious. The mount should sit even with the base, not sag into it. It doesn't have to be broken to be bad. Mine is permanently sagging now that it's off the truck from holding the weight all these years.




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I loved the way it was clean..I love the way its going..but please if I could beg u to do anything..DONT do the red headlight covers...A.....visibilty reasons..B....they just look Gotty..and ruin the cleanness...IT still looks clean as it is! dont ruin it
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I never drove with the covers, you can't use the turn signals. That's a quick ticket around here. They were for photo's and stuff and I like them. :) (also I think you are thinking of gawdy because if you mean gotti then you must think they look gangsta. :D)
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Already did that on the other truck, don't like it.

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Chrome rocks. Painted **** is for XL's. This was the last great XLT before chrome bumpers started going bye bye. They had them on the 98-01 but it's like "meh".
I'm begin.ing to think you don't like any of our suggestions lol....

The splashes and sports got colormatched stuff and were > xlts. I had a 94 xlt and it wasn't anytbing special other than the chrome bumpers. The xls had the "painted" gray or black bumpers. Color matched is nice tbough. Even if it is an xlt, just painting that strip of cbrome doesn't make it "not" and xlt. If that were true, then you have already tarnished that nameplate by painting and modding... I gaurantee if you did a poll asking to paint/not to paint that chrome surround, most would vote to paint it.

Truck is looking good though
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I love everyone's suggestions, but this truck has to be built this way because I waited 14 years to do it. I'm going to buy a Red '10 or '11 and do it in a more updated fashion. :)

This truck will be tinkered with more than driven. I still use my BMW as my daily at the moment until I find a red 10 or 11.
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Pre-cut tint from ebay

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Updates. Only thing left is the bug guard which is only a day or so away in shipping :)

















also new tails.

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If your going to leave that rake on the truck, you need to make it go faster.
That truck would be **** with a 5.0 soo clean.
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truck needs new rims fatter rear tires and lowered just a little and it would sit nice
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